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March 31, 2010

Earl Thomas runs fast

Texas safety Earl Thomas wasn't supposed to run Wednesday at the Longhorns' Pro Day, but his competitiveness got the best of him. He ran a 4.38 in his 40, drawing oohs and aahs. But he also tweaked his left hamstring, which kept him from doing any drills. Scouts had hoped to see him do the three-cone and shuttles since he skipped them at the combine.

"I knew in a good day [I could run that fast], but I wasn't expecting it," Thomas said. "I haven't been training for it since the combine. For me to do that, I'm real proud of myself."

The Texans like Thomas and will have a hard time passing on him if he's there when they draft. Thomas could go earlier than that, though, especially given his 40 time.

"I come from a small town," said Thomas, who is from Orange. "We're not really on the map. To put my family and my town on the map means a lot to me."

-- Charean Williams


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