Tennessee football: Ranking all 9 former Vols in AAF by potential

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30: Matt Simms /
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Dallas Thomas was part of a loaded unit of Tennessee football offensive linemen in the early 2010s, one unit Derek Dooley actually did a great job of loading up on. It was him, Antonio Richardson, Zach Fulton and Ja’Wuan James.

They helped returned Vols offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and former quarterback Tyler Brady lead a record-setting offense in 2012. Anyway, Thomas had some success in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, playing with the team for four years and then signing with the Philadelphia Eagles before being waived in 2017.

Simply put, Thomas’s talent is why we have him in the top half of this list to be successful. With NFL experience, the 6’5″ 314-pound guard clearly has the body and the abilities to play in the AAF. After all, he just barely missed the NFL. So of course he should be able to perform at this level. And hey, while also playing for the Memphis Express, he’s joining lots of other teammates.

And again, with Mike Singletary being more likely to run a power offense in Memphis than other teams in the AAF, he could definitely be a factor. The only concern is how disastrous Thomas was in his last start with the Dolphins, but at this smaller level, he should be very successful.