Pro Career: The Cardinals fourth round selection (120th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Thomas appeared in two regular season games and the team’s Wild Card matchup at Carolina as a rookie.
2014: Played in two games and one playoff game … completed 1-of-9 passes for 81 yards and a TD … was inactive for four games and DNP in 10 … inactive vs. SD (9/8) … active as the backup QB but DNP @ NYG (9/14) and vs. SF (9/21) … made his NFL debut coming on for the injured Drew Stanton in the third quarter @ Den (10/5); first completion was an 81-yard TD pass to Andre Ellington in the third quarter; became the first NFL QB to have his first career completion be for 80+ yards since Pittsburgh’s Neil O’Donnell (89 yards, vs. SD, 9/1/91) … active as No. 3 QB but DNP vs. Was (10/12) and @ Oak (10/19) … inactive the next three games … active but DNP the next five games … appeared for one play and had an incomplete pass vs. Sea (12/21) … active but DNP @ SF (12/28) … played one snap on offense in Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15).
College: Appeared in 47 career games at Virginia Tech, playing seven games as both a QB and a receiver as a freshman in 2010 before taking over at QB full time as a sophomore … went on to start his final 40 contests … for his career, completed 693 of 1,248 pass attempts (53.6%) for 9,003 yards, 53 TDs and 39 INTs … gained 1,395 rushing yards with 24 TDs on 495 rushing attempts … as a receiver, caught two passes for 17 yards and a TD … generated 10,352 yards in total offense on 1,744 plays, an average of 220.3 yards per game … compiled a 26-14 record as the Hokies starting QB …. with 10,354 yards in total offense, he is one of just four players in ACC history to gain over 10,000 total yards, joining Philip Rivers- North Carolina State (13,582; 2000-03), Tajh Boyd-Clemson (13,069; 2010-13) and Joe Hamilton-Georgia Tech (10,640; 1996-99) … holds the school all-time records in passing yards (9,005), TD passes (53), pass completions (694), pass attempts (1,249), total plays (1,744), total offense (10,354) and total TDs (77) … one of the Hokies’ permanent team captains as a senior in 2013, was a finalist for the Dudley Award, given to the state of Virginia’s top major college player … started all 13 games and completed 227 of 402 passes (56.5%) for 2,907 yards, 16 TDs and 13 INTs … scored four rushing TDs and totaled 344 yards on 162 attempts … generated 3,251 yards of total offense … placed fourth in the school’s single-season record book for passing yards and total offense, while his pass attempts and completions took over as third place on their respective lists … started all 13 games as a junior in ’12 and completed 220 of 429 pass attempts (51.3%) for 2,976 yards, 18 TDs and 16 INTs … became the first QB since Bobby Owens in 1965 to lead the Hokies in rushing as he ran for 524 yards and nine TDs on 174 attempts … broke his own school record for total offense with 3,500 yards, averaging 269.2 yards per game … named one of the team’s permanent captains … in his first full season at QB in ‘11, started all 14 games and completed 234 of 391 pass attempts (59.9%) for 3,013 yards, 19 TDs and 10 INTs ... carried 153 times for 469 yards (3.7 avg.) and 11 TDs … broke the school’s single-season total offense record set by Tyrod Taylor in 2010, as he generated 3,482 yards of offense … his 11 rushing TDs tied the Tech single-season record for a QB, a record which was originally set by Bruce Arians in 1974 … saw action in seven games as a freshman in ‘10, including appearances at both QB and WR … completed 12 of 26 pass attempts for 107 yards, caught one pass for two yards and a TD, and had six rushing attempts for 22 yards … as a redshirt freshman in ’09, served as the team’s backup QB but did not play in a game.
Personal: Attended Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) High School where he played WR as a sophomore before switching to QB for his final two seasons … as a senior in 2008, rushed for 842 yards and 11 TDs, and completed 118 of 204 pass attempts for 1,535 yards and 20 TDs … on defense, totaled 80 tackles and four INTs as a DB … rated the 19th-best athlete in the country by Super Prep, the fourth-best player in the state of Virginia … ESPN called Thomas the ninth-best athlete in the country and the Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team pick … was also a Super Prep and Prep Star All-American choice … named the Associated Press Group AA Player of the Year in 2008 … competed in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio … after switching to QB as a junior, went on to spark the team to a 9-4 record as he accounted for 1,650 yards in total offense, passing for 1,150 yards with 13 TDs while rushing for 600 yards and eight TDs … in addition to football, also lettered in basketball and track, earning All-State track honors as a junior and senior in the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles, high jump and discuss … earned a degree in Human Development and is working on a second degree in Psychology.