Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
After a pleasing preseason, all signs pointed to a breakthrough season for Daniel Thomas. In Miami's final two exhibition games, he accrued 60 rushing yards on 11 carries. He ran with a purpose, wasn't hesitant to hit the hole and finally looked healthy.
On Sunday, Thomas got off to a great start, rushing three times for 11 yards and turning a broken screen pass into a 32-yard gain.
But, old ghosts soon came back to haunt him.
First, Thomas fumbled. Ball security has been an issue dating back to his days at Kansas State, when he fumbled 11 times in two seasons. Last season, he coughed up the football twice on just 165 carries.
Then, he left the game with a concussion, which raises another recurring issue: injuries. Although Thomas was a durable workhorse in college, he missed three games and struggled with a hamstring injury for much of the 2011 season.
Thomas can be a huge asset and focal point for Miami's offense, but if he can't hold onto the football and stay off the trainer's table, then he won't even garner a chance to justify his second-round draft billing.