ATLANTA (AP) — Coach Paul Johnson believes that Justin Thomas is tough enough to succeed at quarterback for Georgia Tech.
Thomas, at 5-foot-11, 185, will take a beating in Johnson's spread option offense, but the coach says the redshirt sophomore is quick enough to compensate for an undersized frame.
Thomas has considerable speed having won the 100 meters with a time of 10.79 seconds among Alabama's top three high school classifications. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry in 33 rushing attempts last year as the Yellow Jackets' backup quarterback.
After beating out junior Tim Byerly for the starting job, Thomas will run an offense that's finished among the top six in rushing during each of its six years under Johnson.
Johnson says the Jackets are unlikely to run many shotgun formations this year.
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