Thomas expects to return to Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas All-Big 12 safety Earl Thomas said Tuesday he's not given much thought to declaring for the NFL draft at the end of the season and expects to be back for the 2010 season.

"I haven't even thought about it," Thomas said.

Thomas has been the most productive player in Texas' secondary this season, leading the team with school single-season record eight interceptions and 15 pass deflections. His 23 defenses passes leads the nation and he leads the secondary with 66 total tackles and five for losses.

But he said Tuesday that he thinks an additional season in college would better prepare him for the draft. He hasn't even talked to his coaches about the NFL.

"They haven't asked me about it," Thomas said. "Nobody has asked me about it."