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Demaryius Thomas
Georgia Tech Yellow JacketsNo. 8
Wide receiver Junior
Major: Management
Date of birth: December 25, 1987 (1987-12-25) (age 22)
Place of birth: Montrose, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 229 lb (104 kg)
Career history
High school: West Laurens High School
 College(s):
Bowl games
Career highlights and awards
  • 2007 Sporting News Freshman All-America honorable mention
  • 2007 Sporting News Freshman All-ACC
Stats at ESPN.com

Demaryius Antwon Thomas (born December 25, 1987 in Montrose, Georgia) is an American football wide receiver. He currently plays college football for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Thomas led the team in receiving in his first two seasons, 2007 and 2008. Some analysts consider him a highly regarded prospect for the 2010 NFL Draft. Yellow Jacket fans and others frequently refer to him by his nickname "Bay Bay", and the name on his jersey is "B. Thomas".

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Early life

Thomas was born on December 25, 1987 to parents Bobby Thomas and Katina in Montrose, Georgia. He attended West Laurens High School where he played basketball and football as a wide receiver. As a junior in 2004, he recorded 32 receptions for 330 yards and three touchdowns. Thomas was named an all-region and all-Heart of Georgia player. The following season, he recorded 56 receptions for 756 yards and seven touchdowns. After the season, he participated in the North-South All-Star game. Thomas was again selected as an all-region and all-Heart of Georgia, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution named him to its Class AA all-state first team and PrepStar to its All-Region team. Scout.com assessed him as the 22nd-ranked college prospect in the state of Georgia, and Rivals.com rated him the 34th-ranked such prospect.[1] He received scholarship offers from Duke, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.[2]

College career

He chose to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology where he is currently majoring in management.[1] Thomas sat out the 2006 season as a redshirt. In 2007, he saw action in all 13 games including 10 starts, and recorded 35 receptions for 558 yards to rank as the leading Georgia Tech receiver by a wide margin. In the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl, he made four receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown. The Sporting News named Thomas to its freshman All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) first team and a freshman All-America honorable mention.[1]

In 2008, Paul Johnson was hired as the head coach and implemented the run-heavy triple option offense. Thomas considered transferring but decided against it.[3] During the season, he recorded 39  receptions for 627 yards and three touchdowns as the leading receiver.[1] Despite being a heavily run-oriented system, as one of the team's few experienced players, Thomas recorded relatively high numbers.[4] Still, compared with other receivers in the Atlantic Coast Conference, such as leader D. J. Boldin of Wake Forest, Thomas' statistics were much smaller. He said, "Sometimes I think about [not getting many passes], but most of the time I just want to win."[3] Thomas' mark was the best of any wide receiver from the school since Calvin Johnson in 2006. Against Duke, he caught nine receptions for 230 yards, the second-most in a single-game in school history.[1] The CBS Sports-affiliated NFL Draft Scout assessed Thomas as the ninth-ranked wide receiver available for the 2010 NFL Draft and projected him as a second- or third-round selection.[5] On January 8, 2010, he declared his entrance to the 2010 NFL Draft.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Player Bio: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech, retrieved August 12, 2009.
  2. ^ Demaryius Thomas, Scout.com, retrieved August 12, 2009.
  3. ^ a b LOVE THE ASSIST; Receivers embrace downfield blocking in Tech’s run offense, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 30, 2008.
  4. ^ Tedd Bauer and William Hupp, COLLEGE FOOTBALL DEPARTMENT: GENERATION GAP AND DEMARYIUS THOMAS; What of age gaps in college football? And how good can Georgia Tech's WR be?, ESPN The Magazine, October 28, 2008.
  5. ^ Demaryius Thomas, The NFL Draft Scout, retrieved August 12, 2009.
  6. ^ http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/010810aab.html

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