Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s Juanyeh Thomas (Niceville, Fla./Niceville) has been named to 247Sports’ True Freshman All-America team as a kick returner.
Thomas is averaging 25.5 yards per kickoff return as a true freshman, which ranks fifth nationally among true freshmen and 24th overall. He has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (both over the final two games of the regular season – 77 yards vs. Virginia on Nov. 17 and 100 yards at No. 5 Georgia on Nov. 24), which is tied for second nationally overall and tied for the most by a true freshman. He had a third kickoff return for a touchdown versus Bowling Green (Sept. 29) negated by a penalty.
Thomas, who plays free safety in addition to returning kicks, also had a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown during Georgia Tech’s 66-31 victory at Louisville on Oct. 5. His three total touchdowns rank seventh on the team, behind only quarterbacks Tobias Oliver (12) and TaQuon Marshall (11) and running backs Jordan Mason (7), Jerry Howard (5), Clinton Lynch (4) and Qua Searcy (4).
Thomas’ selection marks the third-straight year that a Yellow Jacket has earned true freshman all-America honors, as offensive guard Parker Braun (Hallsville, Texas/Hallsville) and Pressley Harvin III (Alcolu, S.C./Sumter) received the recognition from ESPN in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
In addition to the true freshman all-America award, Thomas was also recently named first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference by Pro Football Focus.