Noel Thomas

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Joins the Lions receiving corps as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Connecticut.


  • Signed by the Lions to the practice squad on September 6, 2017.
  • Waived by the Lions on September 2, 2017.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 12, 2017.


Joins the Lions receiving corps as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Connecticut.


Thomas was a three-year starter for the UCONN Huskies who leaves the school as one of its most recognized receivers. Had 183 career receptions, good for fourth in school history. Also compiled over 2,235 career receiving yards, eighth most in school history. Had seven 100 yard receiving games, including a streak of six consecutive games.

2016: Helped lead UCONN’s offense with a school single-season record of 100 receptions for 1,179 yards.

  • Named 2016 Connecticut Player of the Year Award winner by Walter Camp Football Foundation
  • Earned Second Team All-American Athletic Conference pick and All-New England honors for second straight season
  • Participated in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

2015: Was a key contributor to the Huskies receiving corps with 54 receptions for 719 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Named to All-New England team by New England Football Writers’ Association.
  • Had career-high seven receptions in three separate games.
  • Named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a win against nationally ranked Houston in which he racked up 108 yards receiving (Nov. 21).

2014: Played in all 12 games for UCONN, hailing in 26 catches for 305 yards and a team-high four touchdowns on the year.

  • Caught four passes for a season-high 83 yards and two touchdowns against UCF.

2013: Thomas played in five of the last seven games of the season for the Huskies.


Attended St. Luke’s School (New Canaan, CT.). Son of Noel Thomas Sr.

  • His father, Thomas Sr., was his head coach while at St. Luke
  • Played wide receiver, running back, and quarterback his senior year, leading team to NEPSAC Class C championship.
  • Compiled over 2,000 total yards his senior campaign while contributing 25 total touchdowns.
  • Totaled 4,888 yards and 53 touchdowns in his high school career.

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