UCLA — Thomas enjoyed a good developmental season on the scout team a year ago … During Spring Practice, he showed constant improvement and should work his way into the rotation this season … He is an impressive pass rusher who will benefit from increased size and experience … Can play inside or outside.
2002 — Did not see action in his first year in the program and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL — Played football for coach Delton Edwards at Oakland, CA Technical High School … PrepStar All-American and No. 10 defensive lineman in West … Three-star prospect by Max Emfinger … No. 56 defensive end prospect by Max Emfinger … Rated No. 58 defensive end in nation and three-star prospect by PacWest Football … Rated No. 12 defensive end in West by PacWest Football.com … Tom Lemming All-West team (No. 92) … Rated No. 62 player in Far West (CA/HI/NV) by SuperPrep … Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Named to Contra Costa Times “Cream of the Crop”team following his senior season … Member of the 2000 San Francisco Examiner “Best of the Best” team … Team captain as a senior … Selected first-team all-city as a senior … As a senior, he made 78 tackles, including 13 quarterback sacks, caused five fumbles and recovered five and had one interception … Pre-season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 47 player) … As a junior, he made 69 tackles, including eight sacks … Also was credited with two interceptions, three fumbles recovered and one fumble forced … Lettered as a member of the wrestling team (heavyweight division) for coach Ashley Sherman.
PERSONAL — Full Name: Thomas Anthony Patton … Born: March 19, 1984 in Honolulu, HI … Parents: Warren and Annie Patton … Admires former NFL star defensive lineman Reggie White … Hobbies include reading and playing video games … Favorite classes are American Government and Economics … Interested in becoming an engineer … Undeclared major.