For the young season, Thomas has more picks (four) than touchdowns (three), his completion percentage remains under 50 percent and his passer efficiency rating is just 92.33. (100 is theoretically "average," but really it's mediocre.)
NFL scouts still seem interested, as Thomas does have the physical profile and a great arm. His erratic throwing should send him down to the lower rounds of the 2014 draft, though. ESPN's Todd McShay has him in the "third tier" of candidates, eighth on the list.
"No QB in this class produces more varied opinions," McShay writes. "Some scouts still love him, and some scouts have written him off."
Dmitri Knowles (30-yard TD catch vs. ECU) is the speed receiver with a team-high 12 catches for 122 yards; Willie Byrn has 11 catches for 121 running underneath routes. Trey Edmunds, redshirt freshman and son of former NFL tight end Ferrell Edmunds, leads the team in rushing with 242 yards, including a 77-yard dash against Alabama.
Thomas is from Brookville High in Lynchburg, Va., while MU defensive tackle Brandon Sparrow is from nearby Bedford, Va. Alas, Sparrow has an injured ankle and likely won't get to chase Thomas around.
"I know I played him for two years [in high school], and I played him basketball," Thomas said. "I think he started when we went to Marshall [in 2011]. I saw him this past summer. It was good to see him and it was good for somebody from the hometown having success.
"I wish him good luck, except for this week."
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