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Football coaches, players mourn loss of former player Sean Thomas

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Former Ragin’ Cajun cornerback, Sean Thomas, 26, died July 17 in an automobile accident in St. Thomas Parish. Louisiana State Police reported that the crash happened on Louisiana Highway 61, South of Interstate 10.

According to the State Police report:

“The initial investigation revealed Thomas was traveling in the left southbound lane of US Hwy 61 in a 2014 Ford E-450 box truck.”

The report goes on to say, “At the same time, the driver of a 2011 Kenworth tractor-trailer was making a U-turn from the left southbound lane of US Hwy 61 to travel northbound, according to the State Police Report. For unknown reasons, Thomas’ Ford struck the rear of the tractor-trailer.”

Thomas was a native of New Orleans, where he attended St. Augustine High School. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Quinton Thomas, who was a former Ragin’ Cajun defensive end/outside linebacker, and chose to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Thomas’s Louisiana career started with a place on special teams as a freshman in 2011, he contributed to eight of the nine games played. Thomas progressed in the 2012 season as a reserve cornerback and accompanied special teams while playing in 13 games.

Former Ragin’ Cajun Football Head Coach Mark Hudspeth, now the head coach of Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, had the privilege of coaching Thomas and took to Twitter to send his condolences.

“Nothing hurts worse than losing one of your kids, Sean was loved by everyone and was a great player, person, and an ambassador for the University of Louisiana.”

Prayers to the Thomas family and his many teammates. #rip #waytoosoon”

During Thomas’s junior season, Thomas started at free safety for 12 of the 13 games. Finishing third on the team with 65 tackles, two interceptions against Tulane, and 13 tackles in his first career start against Arkansas.

As other players sent their respects, former Louisiana running back and now Ragin’ Cajun defensive assistant Effrem Reed, went to Twitter to recognize his former player.

“Rest in heaven prime.” Reed said. “You’ll be missed, my brother. God gained a real one. Love you always.”

Regarded as a great young man also had the privilege to wear the number 42 in honor of former Ragin’ Cajun and Minnesota Vikings defensive back Orlando Thomas who died battling ALS. Thomas finished his senior season playing in all 13 games with 43 tackles and one interception.

The official Louisiana football Twitter account also sent their condolences, “Rest in peace 24, you will be missed.”

Thomas ended his career with the Ragin’ Cajuns by playing in a total of 48 games from 2011-2014 and winning four New Orleans Bowl Championships with Louisiana.

Nicholls head coach Tim Rebowe coached Thomas during his time with the Cajuns as the secondary coach. Rebowe commented on the character of the former Louisiana player, affirming that Thomas was a special young man.

“I feel for his family,” said Rebowe, “He is, he was, a great young man. His mother and his father were fantastic, and his two sisters, and to lose him at a young age is just a tragedy and a sad day.”

Thomas was laid to rest with his family and friends in attendance on July 27 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Vacherie, Louisiana.

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