Second-year freshman defensive lineman... Sat out 2013 as redshirt.
2013 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility.
High School: Defensive lineman from Hutto (Texas) High School... Three-year varsity starter under head coach Steve Hale at HHS... Rated No. 69 among nation's defensive ends by 247Sports.com... Named first-team 2012 All-District 17-4A defensive end as senior... Totaled 48 tackles, five for loss, one sack, four QB hurries and three forced fumbles in 2012... Led Hutto to 9-2 record and 2011 DII bi-district finals as junior... Had 53 tackles and six sacks as junior... Starter as sophomore on HHS's 9-2 2010 squad that won first district title since 1970s and reached DII bi-district finals... Named 2010 District 16-4A Defensive Newcomer of Year.
Personal: Son of Curtis and Katrina Thrift... Full name is Tanner Nelson Thrift... Born Feb. 22, 1995, in Hutto, Texas... Father played football at Texas... Majoring communication studies.