Thomas takes nickname, memories away from time at MSU

MSU's Jordan Thomas
Staff Writer

Mention the term ‘bone crusher’ to Jordan Thomas and a big smile comes across the Mississippi State tight end’s face.

It was earlier this year when, in a practice before the 2017 season started, the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder was lined up as a receiver – something he did frequently throughout the year.

Despite his large frame, Thomas was tempted to act like a little more quick and nimble than he actually is.

Teammate and MSU receiver Gabe Myles gave Thomas a word of advice.

“Jordan was trying to act like a small receiver,” Myles said, laughing as he recalled it. “He was trying to get off the line quick, and I said, ‘Just run through guys. You’re the bone crusher.’ 

“After that, he became the bone crusher, because he’s not going to run around you. He’s going to run through you.”

From then on, Thomas’ nickname stuck. It has been used on social media. The voice of the Bulldogs, Neil Price, has referenced it in his radio calls. 
Even fans picked up on it.

“When we were ringing the bells (fundraising) for the Salvation Army (earlier this month), a lady and her son came up to me and was like, ‘You’re the bone crusher,’” Thomas said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I guess so.’”

With Thomas’ solid senior season, it’s no wonder many recognize the bone crusher when they see him. He has played in all 12 games for Mississippi State this fall and is tied for third on the team with his 20 receptions. Only Keith Mixon, Deddrick Thomas and Jesse Jackson have more receiving yardage than Thomas’ 227. He also tied for second on the squad with three receiving touchdowns.

As good as things have been, Thomas hasn’t exactly been satisfied.

“I played alright,” Thomas said. “I wouldn’t say I played excellent. I didn’t do what I wanted to do, but it was alright.

“I just wish I had another year to play. I feel I could do even better next year if I had the chance.”

Unfortunately for Thomas, his Mississippi State career will conclude with the TaxSlayer Bowl on December 30. Anything else he wants to accomplish as a Bulldog, he’ll have to do when MSU faces Louisville down in Jacksonville, Florida.

Thomas is prepared to try and show out.

“I’m very motivated,” Thomas said. “I want to show this last game what I can really do and how I can be used in an offense to be dominant.”

Thomas said he hasn’t really thought about where his future will take him beyond the upcoming bowl game. He said all those plans will start being made once the new year arrives and this season is done.
He does know his time at Mississippi State has been special the last two seasons since he transferred in from East Central Community College prior to the 2016 season.

It makes him sad that this chapter of his life has to come to a close.

“I loved it here (at Mississippi State),” Thomas said. “I wish I’d had more time here. I wish it didn’t have to end so quick.”

The door is closing on Thomas’ time as a Bulldog. There may be no changing that, but he’ll take with him plenty of memories, and a nickname that might stick forever.

“I don’t know,” Thomas said when asked if he’ll keep being the bone crusher after leaving MSU. “We’ll try and see.”