Oct 19, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) runs the ball in the second half against Syracuse at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia Tech won 56-0. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech Football: It's Justin's Turn Now

Georgia Tech football is going through a transition at an important position. Starting quarterback Vad Lee is exiting stage right, and his former understudy, Justin Thomas, will have to step up his game. Thomas will be looking in the rear-view mirror at Matthew Jordan, Ty Byerly, Ty Griffin and Brady Swilling, as they attempt to take control of the starting QB position.

I know, you’re probably saying it’s Justin’s job, and I agree, but you never know until spring football comes rolling around.

Justin did play in eight games in 2013 and in those appearances he attempted 17 passes and completed nine, for a total of 131 yards. He also rushed for 234 yards, and showed off his lightning speed with a 50 yard run in the 56-0 rout of Syracuse.

In the games he played in this past year, I was impressed with his arm strength, quickness and speed. The only thing that concerned me was when he waited too long to make his decision on whether he was keeping the ball or pitching it. I’m sure as he matures in head coach Paul Johnson’s offense, he will learn to make those decisions a little quicker.

What will the Jackets be missing with Vad Lee leaving for James Madison? We will miss his experience in running the Triple Option and his size, but I believe Justin is up for the challenge to be the starting quarterback in 2014.

Georgia Tech fans, don’t go jumping on some other team’s wagon just yet, give Justin a chance and stop rooting for Georgia, Clemson or Miami, in hopes that CPJ will leave (You guys aren’t really doing that, are you? Vicious rumors, right?).

Justin and Johnson could make for a great combination in 2014.

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