Yellow Jackets have reason to be optimistic in 2013
Tech's defense presents promising signs during Friday's spring game
B-Back Matt Connors leads Gold team with 84 yards on 12 carries
Injury-riddled Yellow Jackets weren't completely in sync at Saturday's scrimmage
Yellow Jackets scrimmaged Saturday morning in Bobby Dodd Stadium
Photos by Danny Karnik
A lightning-quick playmaker... runs the option very well... elusive and difficult to tackle... has surprising arm strength... will compete for the starting job at quarterback.
2012 (true freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Prattville HS... played for head coach Jamey DuBose... ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 19 all-purpose athlete in the country by Rivals... led Prattville to the Class 6A state championship this past season... was named the MVP of the state championship game... recruited to Tech as strictly a QB... completed 66 percent of his passes this season for 1,652 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 896 yards and seven TDs... ranked second in the state in total offense and fourth in passing... won the Alabama state 4A-6A championship in the 100-meters with a 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... his cousin Quentin Riggins played linebacker at Auburn (1986-89)... lists winning the 6A state football title, and three world series titles in travel baseball as his most memorable athletic achievements... undecided on a major.