Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) at a press conference in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII on the Cornucopia Majesty yacht on the Hudson River. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl 2014: Demaryius Thomas the Lone Georgia Tech Representative

Georgia Tech will be proudly represented in Super Bowl XLVIII by Denver Broncos wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas, and although he is the lone Yellow Jacket playing in today’s big game, he has a chance to be one of the big difference makers.

Thomas has probably benefited more from the arrival of Peyton Manning in 2012 than any other member of the Broncos, and in today’s championship game against the Seattle Seahawks, he’ll be looked to as a key player in Denver’s offense.

During his first two seasons in the NFL, Thomas was basically undervalued and underused, catching only 54 passes during those two seasons for a total of 834 yards and six touchdowns. He only averaged 2.5 touches per game, and was a starter only seven times.

But after Manning’s arrival on the scene, Thomas quickly emerged as one of his favorite receivers, and has now blossomed into one of the men that defenses have to plan against in every game.

That statement can be reflected in the numbers Thomas has produced in the past two seasons, totaling 186 catches for 2,864 yards and 24 touchdowns, and averaging 5.9 catches per game. Rarely has such a quick transformation been seen by a wide receiver.

The Georgia Tech great has a big task in front of him, going up against the best defensive secondaries–including the outspoken, self-proclaimed “best” DB in the NFL, Richard Sherman–in the league. It’s going to be up to Denver’s offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, and quarterback Peyton Manning to help line up the Broncos to create some mismatches and get Thomas open.

We’ll be watching Thomas’ work during the game carefully, and will update as needed and/or at the end of the game.

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