Former Tech quarterback enters NFL as a defensive back
Davis, Gamble, Kallon join league as undrafted free agents; Thomas earns tryout
Georgia Tech's do-everything QB displays Edelman-like versatility for scouts
Nine former Yellow Jackets perform for pro football personnel
Georgia Tech's three-year captain added to South roster as DB, returner
March 17, 2017
Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the TaxSlayer Bowl.
Georgia Tech takes on Georgia in Athens on Saturday, November 26, 2016
USATSI Gallery - Virginia @ Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets fall to North Carolina, on November 5, 2016.
2014 ALL-ACC, SECOND TEAM (Phil Steele, coaches)
2014 ALL-ACC, THIRD TEAM (ACSMA)
2016 (Redshirt Senior): Accounted for 2,163 yards of total offense (1,559 passing, 604 rushing) in his third season as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback ... started 12-of-13 games (missed Nov. 12 game at Virginia Tech due to injury) ... completed 79-of-148 passes for 1,559 yards with eight touchdowns and only two interceptions ... did not have enough pass attempts to qualify for official NCAA pass-efficiency rankings but if he did, his 157.00 efficiency would have ranked third in the ACC and tied for 12th nationally ... ranked third on the team with 604 rushing yards and tied for second on the squad with six rushing touchdowns ... voted team captain by his teammates for the third-straight year to become the first three-time team captain in program history ... became the 39th player in NCAA Division I FBS history with 4,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in a career with a 50-yard pass to wide receiver Brad Stewart on Georgia Tech's third play from scrimmage versus Duke (Oct. 29) ... went on to amass 459 yards of total offense in the win over Duke, en route to being named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and ACC Offensive Back of the Week ... became the first Yellow Jacket to be named a National Player of the Week since A-back Roddy Jones versus Georgia in 2008 and the first Georgia Tech QB to earn the honor since Kim King versus Tennessee in 1966 ... finished his career ranked sixth in school history with 4,754 career passing yards, ninth with 2,412 rushing yards and fourth with 7,166 yards of total offense ... his 141.8 career pass-efficiency rating is fourth-best in Georgia Tech's all-time annals and his 40 touchdown passes are the fifth-most in Tech history ... opened the season with only 135 yards of total offense against Boston College (Sept. 3) but engineered an 11-play, 59-yard drive that included a 22-yard pass to Qua Searcy on fourth-and-19 and culminated with Tech scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 35 seconds remaining in a 17-14 win ... threw for 80 yards and ran for 69 and a score in win over Mercer (Sept. 10) ... compiled 220 yards of total offense (136 passing, 84 rushing) in just three quarters of work in a 38-7 rout over Vanderbilt (Sept. 17) ... after forgettable performances against Clemson (Sept. 22) and Miami (Oct. 1), rebounded to compile 185 yards of offense (130 passing, 55 rushing) at Pittsburgh (Oct. 8) and 250 total yards (172 passing, 78 rushing) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) in win over Georgia Southern (Oct. 15) ... completed 10-of-14 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 195 yards (the second-highest single-game rushing total by a QB in Georgia Tech history) and two scores in the career day versus Duke ... his 459 yards of total offense and 276.97 pass-efficiency rating both rank third in single-game school history ... in the process, he became only the fourth FBS quarterback since 2000 with at least 190 rushing yards, 250 passing yards, two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns in a game, joining Indiana's Antwaan Randle El (2000 vs. Minnesota), Michigan's Denard Robinson (2010 vs. Indiana) and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2013 vs. Oklahoma) ... amassed 226 yards of offense (144 passing, 82 rushing) the following week at No. 18 North Carolina (Nov. 5) but sustained an upper-body injury late in the game that caused him to miss the next week's win at No. 18 Virginia Tech ... returned to the lineup versus Virginia (Nov. 19) and threw for 122 yards and a touchdown in a 31-17 win but saw his string of four-straight games with a pass-efficiency rating of 200 or better snapped (212.20 vs. Pitt, 224.98 vs. Georgia Southern, 276.97 vs. Duke, 215.51 vs. North Carolina) ... for the second time in 2016 and the fourth time in his career, Thomas engineered a scoring drive that led to Georgia Tech scoring the tying or winning points in the final minute of regulation when he led the Yellow Jackets on an eight-play, 46-yard drive that culminated with Searcy's go-ahead six-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds to go in Tech's 28-27 win over Georgia (Nov. 26) ... Thomas led the Yellow Jackets back from a 27-14 fourth-quarter deficit in the win to become the first Georgia Tech QB to beat UGA twice since Joe Hamilton in 1998 and 1999 and the first signal-caller to lead the Jackets to multiple wins at Georgia since Wade Mitchell in 1954 and 1956 ... threw for 105 yards and ran nine times for 42 yards and a touchdown in 33-18 win over Kentucky in 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl (Dec. 31).
2015 (Redshirt Junior): Voted one of three team captains by teammates after Week 3 of season ... Started all 12 games at quarterback ... Ranked second on team with 488 rushing yards on team-high 145 attempts, while tying for team lead with six rushing touchdowns ... Threw for 1,345 yards on 75-of-180 passing with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions ... Completed 3-of-4 passes for 54 yards and TD in start vs. Alcorn State (Sept. 3), only playing first quarter ... Ran for 71 yards and TD, while completing 7-of-9 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns vs. Tulane (Sept. 12) ... Rushed for 27 yards and threw for 121 yards and two scores at Notre Dame (Sept. 19) ... Threw for 143 yards and one TD, while rushing for 58 yards and a score at Duke (Sept. 26) ... Threw first interception of season in Week 4 at Duke (Sept. 26) ... Rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for 162 yards and one score vs. North Carolina (Oct. 3) ... Completed 6-of-14 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns at Clemson (Oct. 10) ... Rushed for 95 yards and passed for 106 more vs. Pitt (Oct. 17) ... Threw for 67 yards and rushed for 88 yards and one touchdown vs. Florida State (Oct. 24) ... Recorded career and Paul Johnson era highs for completions (13) and attempts (31) along with season-high 251 passing yards in road loss at Virginia (Oct. 31) ... Rushed for 52 yards and threw for 97 more vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 12).
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 a career high 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: Played for head coach Jamey DuBose at Prattville H.S. ... Ranked as four-star prospect and No. 19 all-purpose athlete in country by Rivals.com ... 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 ... Graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Rushing Attempts: 24 at Duke, Sept. 26, 2015
Yards Rushing: 195 vs. Duke, Oct. 29, 2016
Rushing Touchdowns: 3 vs. Mississippi State, Dec. 31, 2014
Longest Rush: 82 yards vs. Duke, Oct. 29, 2016
Completions: 13 at Virginia, Oct. 31, 2015
Attempts: 31 at Virginia, Oct. 31, 2015
Passing Yards: 282 vs. Wofford, Aug. 30, 2014
Passing Touchdowns: 4 vs. Georgia Southern, Sept. 13, 2014
Passing Efficiency: 276.97 vs. Duke, Oct. 29, 2016
Longest Pass: 83 yards (to Clinton Lynch) at No. 18/17 North Carolina, Nov. 5, 2016