The 6-foot-6 Thomas redshirted in 2009 and backed up Tyrod Taylor in 2010 as a redshirt freshman. Thomas has started the past 27 games for the Hokies, passing for 6,096 yards and 37 touchdowns while running for 1,015 yards and 20 scores.He will enter his redshirt season in Blacksburg third all-time in both career passing yards (901 behind Taylor’s record of 7,017 yards) and career total offense (2,102 behind Taylor’s 9,213 yards) at Virginia Tech.
“I’m deciding to come back to Tech to better myself and this team for the future," Thomas said in a statement released by the school. "I’m looking forward to what this upcoming season holds.
"The NFL has always been a goal of mine, but the NFL will always be there while college is only a five-year experience that you can’t get back.”Tuesday was the last day to declare for the draft.The Hokies beat Rutgers 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl despite a miserable day for Thomas. He was 15-for-39 passing for 193 yards with two interceptions, but also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fuller in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 10.
The Hokies won in overtime on Cody Journell's 22-yard field goal and finished the season 7-6.Thomas said he didn't think he was consistent enough to be a winning NFL quarterback, and that "I love the university, I love the people here, all my friends are still here, and ... I think I (have) some work to do."Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.