- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

OMAHA, NEB. (AP) - An ex-Nebraska football player alleged to have accepted extra benefits from a former Miami booster acknowledges he was on a yacht owned by Nevin Shapiro _ but not while he was in college.

Benard Thomas‘ name appeared in a Yahoo! Sports report on allegations by Shapiro, the former booster and convicted Ponzi schemer.

Thomas tells The Associated Press that he and high school teammate D.J. Williams were on the yacht with Shapiro but in 2005, not in 2003 as Shapiro alleges.

Thomas said he was a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the time and that he had flown to Miami to hang out with Williams. Thomas‘ last season at Nebraska was 2004. He said he wouldn’t have broken NCAA rules while in school.