Senior defensive back Jemea Thomas had a great season and career at Georgia Tech, and now he’s going to take that first big step towards his NFL career. Thomas will be representing the Yellow Jackets in the annual East-West Shrine Game, to be held on Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fl.
The East-West Shrine Game is the nation’s longest running all-star game, and will be televised by the NFL Network beginning at 4pm. Play-by-play announcer Paul Burmeister is joined in the booth by analysts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis, while Daniel Jeremiah provides reports from the sidelines.
A lot of great players have made impressions on NFL scouts by playing in this game, and during Paul Johnson’s tenure on the Flats, a number of them have been Yellow Jackets. Thomas will make the seventh Jacket to play in the game, preceded by Izaan Cross and Rod Sweeting last year, Mario Butler in 2010, Cord Howard in 2009 and Darryl Richard and Jahi Word-Daniels in 2008.
Thomas is coming off on of his best seasons at Tech in 2013. While playing both cornerback and safety, he was twice named ACC Defensive Back of the Week, led the Yellow Jackets in solo tackles (73), total tackles (88) and pass break-ups (8).
The Georgia Tech draft hopeful will be playing on the East squad, which will be coached by former Atlanta Falcons head coach and former Georgia Tech assistant coach, Jerry Glanville (hope the folks at Tropicana Field didn’t forget the ticker for Elvis at Will-Call).