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* 2012 Second Team All-ACC (Phil Steele)
* 2012 Preseason Fourth Team All-ACC (Phil Steele)
* 2011 ACC Defensive Back of the Week (10/31)
One of the top defensive backs in the ACC... an extremely athletic and versatile player who can play any position in the secondary... likely to play cornerback this fall after playing safety most of last season... possibly the most athletic player on the team... has ability to return punts and kicks... one of the hardest hitters on the team and a great open-field tackler... enters 2013 with 146 career tackles and seven interceptions... only two active players in the ACC have more interceptions... all seven INTs have come over the last two seasons... sat out 2010, utilizing his redshirt season... learned a great deal in 2009 as the back-up to Morgan Burnett, who now plays for the Green Bay Packers... moved from A-back to defensive back in August, 2009.
2012 (junior): Started all 14 games... ranked second on the team in total tackles (86) and led the team in solo tackles (61)... led the team in interceptions (4)... had three tackles for loss... credited with six pass break-ups... recorded six tackles and an interception vs. Miami (Sept. 22)... had a career-high 11 tackles, including eight solo tackles, at Clemson (Oct. 6)... matched his career high with 11 tackles vs. BYU (Oct. 27)... registered two tackles for loss and an interception in the win at Maryland (Nov. 3)... had nine tackles, including seven solo tackles, vs. Duke (Nov. 17)... had eight tackles and a spectacular one-handed interception against Florida State in the ACC Championship Game (Dec. 1).
2011 (sophomore): Played in all 13 games and made two starts -- vs. Clemson and vs. Utah in the Hyundai Sun Bowl... his three interceptions tied for the team lead and ranked tied for 10th in the ACC... had two rushing attempts -- both on fake punt attempts -- for a total of 29 yards... took over punt return duties late in the season and finished with three returns for 31 yards (10.3 yards per attempt)... finished with 50 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and one quarterback hurry.... had five tackles and a sack in key home win vs. North Carolina (Sept. 24)... sprinted 27 yards on a fake punt attempt at NC State (Oct. 1)... enjoyed perhaps the best game of his young career in a win over sixth-ranked Clemson (Oct. 29)... picked off two Tiger passes -- the first two interceptions of his career -- both in the fourth quarter to preserve Tech's win... also had a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and the first punt return (7 yards) of his career... also preserved a Tech win at Duke (Nov. 19) when he picked off a Blue Devil pass late in the fourth quarter... added six tackles (5 solos), a tackle for loss and a 14-yard punt return in Durham... had eight tackles, a sack and a 10-yard punt return vs. Utah in the Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31).
2010: Redshirted... maintained a good attitude and worked hard for the scout team.
2009 (true freshman): Served as the top back-up to Morgan Burnett at the rover position... came off the bench to record 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass break-up... recorded three tackles, including an impressive takedown on a kickoff, vs. Georgia (Nov. 28)... had two tackles in the win at Vanderbilt (Oct. 31)... recovered a Jacksonville State fumble in his first collegiate game on Sept. 5.... one of seven true freshmen to play key roles in 2009... moved from A-back to defensive back in early August.
High School: Fitzgerald High School... a Scout.com three-star recruit... 2008 Class AA Defensive Player of the Year (AJC)... Class AA first team all-state selection (GHSA and AJC), all-district and was named to the North-South All-Star Classic roster... rushed 59 times for 518 yards (8.8 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns in 2008... defensively, had 140 tackles (84 solo) with three blocked field goals and four interceptions... coached by Robbie Pruitt... also ran track.
Personal: Full name is Jemea I. Thomas... born April 7, 1990 in Fitzgerald, Ga... has five older siblings... brother, Fabian Daniel, played football at Shorter College... began playing football at age nine... a management major.
Tackles: 11 at Clemson, Oct. 6, 2012; vs. BYU, Oct. 27, 2012
TFL: 1.0, five times
Sacks: 1.0 vs. North Carolina, Sept. 24, 2011; 1.0 vs. Utah, Dec. 31, 2011
FC: 1 vs. Clemson, Oct. 29, 2011
FR: 1 vs. Jacksonville State, Sept. 5, 2009
PB: 2, four times
INTS: 2 vs. Clemson, Oct, 29, 2011
Kick Returns: 1 at NC State, Oct. 1, 2011
Kick Return Yards: 16 at NC State, Oct. 1, 2011
Long Kick Return: 16 at NC State, Oct. 1, 2011
Punt Returns: 1, five times
Punt Return Yards: 14 at Duke, Nov. 19, 2011
Long Punt Return: 14 at Duke, Nov. 19, 2011
All-Purpose Yards: 43 at NC State, Oct. 1, 2011