Quotes from Coach Johnson and players at Tech's Media Day
National honor recognizes nation’s top QB after bowl games are completed
Jackets open Spring Practice this afternoon
Georgia Tech is preparing for its seventh Orange Bowl appearance
All-ACC voting conducted by the league's 14 head coaches
Paul Johnson, D.J. White and Justin Thomas discussed the upcoming season at the event in Pinehurst, N.C.
Orange Bowl on December 31, 2014
ACC Championship on December 6, 2014.
NCAA Football: Clemson at Georgia Tech (USATSI)
2014 CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL MVP
2014 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 14 games ... Team captain ... Named to second-team All-ACC by league’s head coaches and third-team All-ACC by media ... Had five 100-yard rushing games and nine 100-yard passing games ... Sixth Tech QB to rush for 1,000 career rushing yards ... Rushed 190 times for team-best and career-high 1,086 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and eight TDs ... Completed 96-of-187 passes (.513) for 1,719 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Rushed for 121 yards on 14 carries with career-high three TDs in Orange Bowl win vs. Mississippi State (Dec. 31) ... Also threw for 125 yards and one TD on 7-of-12 passing ... Named Capital One Orange Bowl MVP after scoring two third-quarter TDs to secure Tech’s win ... Rushed for 104 yards and completed 8-of-14 passes for 134 yards and one TD vs. Florida State in ACC Championship game (Dec. 6) ... Threw six completions for 64 yards and one touchdown pass and rushed for 34 yards at Georgia (Nov. 29) ... Rushed 11 times for 46 yards, including career-long rush of 65 yards, while completing eight passes for 102 yards and one touchdown vs. Clemson (Nov. 15) ... Became sixth Tech QB to rush for 1,000 career yards after recording 60 rushing yards and one touchdown at NC State (Nov. 8) ... Went 5-for-6 passing for 47 yards at NC State ...Threw seven completions for 141 yards and three touchdowns vs. Virginia (Nov. 1) ... Became fifth Georgia Tech quarterback to rush for more than 700 yards in season after rushing for 92 yards and one touchdown at Pitt (Oct. 25) ... Also completed five passes for 147 yards and threw career-long 79-yard touchdown pass to Charles Perkins at Pitt ... Completed 8-for-18 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 36 yards at UNC (Oct. 18) ... Recorded third 100-yard rushing game with 15 carries for 119 yards and one touchdown while throwing six completions for 61 yards vs. Duke (Oct. 11) ... Had 13 rushing attempts for 27 yards and went 4-for-7 for 53 yards vs. Miami (Oct. 4) ... Named ACC’s Offensive Back of the Week after rushing for career-high 165 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, and completing 7-of-18 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown at Virginia Tech (Sept. 20) ... Recorded 325 yards of total offense, 137 rushing yards, threw four touchdowns and rushed for one vs. Georgia Southern (Sept. 13) ... Carried 10 times for 70 yards including 27-yard rush and threw three completions for 15 yards at Tulane (Sept. 6) ... In first career start, recorded 353 yards of total offense while setting career highs in passing yards (282) against Wofford (Aug. 30).
2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in 10 games as back-up to starter Vad Lee ... Rushed 33 times for 234 yards (7.1 ypa) and two touchdowns ... Completed 9-of-17 passes (.529) for 131 yards and one touchdown ... Had five rushing attempts for 53 yards and one touchdown in first collegiate game vs. Elon (Aug. 31) ... Completed all four passing attempts for 30 yards and one touchdown at BYU (Oct. 12) ... Carried 10 times for 95 yards and touchdown vs. Syracuse (Oct. 19) ... Rushed three times for 23 yards and completed 2-of-3 passes for 27 yards at Clemson (Nov. 14).
2012 (True Freshman): Redshirted, did not play.
High School: Prattville HS ... Played for head coach Jamey DuBose ... Ranked as four-star prospect and No. 19 all-purpose athlete in country by Rivals ... Led Prattville to Class 6A state championship in 2011 ... Was named MVP of state championship game ... Completed 66 percent of passes for 1,652 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 896 yards and seven TDs ... Ranked second in state in total offense and fourth in passing ... Won Alabama state 4A-6A championship in 100-meters with time of 10.79 second ... Also played basketball and baseball at Prattville ... Won basketball regional titles in 2010 and 2011.
Personal: Full name is Justin Micheal Bryant Thomas ... Born March 15, 1994, in Montgomery, Ala. ... Son of Milton and Tanya Thomas ... Has three siblings – Blake, Paige and Krissy ... Cousin, Quentin Riggins, played linebacker at Auburn (1986-89) ... Lists winning 6A state football title, and three world series titles in travel baseball as most memorable athletic achievements ... Business administration major.