Jemea Thomas named ACC DB of week

Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas was named the ACC defensive back of the week Monday for his leading role in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-17 win over Clemson Saturday.

Thomas had two interceptions, both in the fourth quarter, one in the Tech end zone and the other to end the Tigers’ final drive. He also broke up two passes, made five tackles (one for loss) and forced a fumble.

Thomas, who made his first career start, recorded the first two interceptions of his career en route to arguably Georgia Tech’s top individual defensive performance of the season. Thomas had five tackles, a tackle for loss, forced a fumble, broke up two passes and was the first Tech player in more than a year to pick off two passes in a game. Both of his INTs came in the fourth quarter – the first one in the end zone that foiled Clemson’s chance to pull within a touchdown.

He also played an integral role on special teams.

“I got winded a little bit, but I knew I had to come through for my team,” Thomas said after the game. “I’m willing to do whatever. What they want me to do, I’m down for my team.”

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GTJason

October 31st, 2011
2:00 pm

This just in, he’s also a beast

Teddy Roosevelt

October 31st, 2011
2:07 pm

Luke

October 31st, 2011
2:10 pm

Guy is actually a really quality kid. Very humble and very personable. He’s kind of goofy when you actually get him talking.

Yazoo

October 31st, 2011
2:11 pm

Hell of a game by JT. Made me proud to be a Jacket seeing that effort Sat night. Let’s keep it rolling and stay undefeated at home. He more than deserves the honor. Go Jackets!!!!!

JLight

October 31st, 2011
2:12 pm

Great! Kid was all over the place Saturday night and had big hits all season. Needs to start the rest of the games.

tp jones

October 31st, 2011
2:14 pm

Need to start him every game. Would love to see him play at a back some.

George Stein

October 31st, 2011
2:20 pm

The pass breakup in the third quarter on the bomb to Watkins where he was one on one was unreal. It was, in my opinion, the play that saved the game. If they hit that (and it was a perfect pass), it’s 31-17 with plenty of time left.

Well done, Jemea.

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 31st, 2011
2:21 pm

Tech’s defense played like a #1 against a #5 offense. Lights out & shut down. ” ROCK & ROLL YELLOW JACKETS “

Hayseed Dixie

October 31st, 2011
2:24 pm

Best kind of win:

You beat a high ranked opponent handily- you didn’t squeak one out.

A great player has a coming out party.

Still buzzing over the atmosphere at BDS Saturday nite. Wow.

Hayseed Dixie

October 31st, 2011
2:28 pm

Oh, and let’s not forget TJ Barnes pimp-slapping Clemson’s pass pocket.

Another thing to get excited about as we head to the VaTech game.

Ken,

We need a catchier nickname for the Polytech/Tech game, “The Battle of the Techs” just sounds flat. I believe you’ll be the best arbiter of this as the AJC correspondent.

shorter passes (as short as necessary!)

October 31st, 2011
2:29 pm

Well deserved!

George Stein

October 31st, 2011
2:32 pm

TJ Barnes went nuts, too, Hayseed. I was happy for him.

I hope the lesson they take away is that when you work hard for something and then come out and play with energy, good results follow.

Sports Fan

October 31st, 2011
2:36 pm

Just wait till next year when this secondary get Fred Holton back. Young, Sweeting, Thomas, Johnson, Holton…etc.

ramblingbuzz

October 31st, 2011
2:41 pm

Totally impressed with Jemea and the rest of the D backs. What a game for the entire D!!! Let’s keep it going.

Hayseed Dixie

October 31st, 2011
2:46 pm

Yeah, George, I was happy for him too- it’s not fun to switch positions after being recruited and I can’t imagine the last couple of seasons have been easy for him.

Here’s hoping we can get Kallon on that line firing at all cylinders ASAP. This’ll be a nasty, nasty defense if we can get some more pressure.

juvenal

October 31st, 2011
2:47 pm

still a young team…….”BUZZ VS. BUZZARDS”!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 31st, 2011
2:54 pm

hayseed, I can think of a name for the game that would be catchy and hilarious, but it would be used disparagingly by the mutts. So I won’t even type it here. I’m sure it would meet some resistance at first, but what’s wrong with sometimes making fun of yourselves?

juvenal

October 31st, 2011
2:57 pm

the turkey buzzsaw massacre…….

Supersize that order, mutt

October 31st, 2011
2:58 pm

juvenal, that doesn’t include the TRUE Tech’s name though, nor any reference to us

Supersize that order, mutt

October 31st, 2011
2:59 pm

but then the name I thought of doesn’t include either school’s name, so what do I know? lol

Jacket Backer

October 31st, 2011
3:00 pm

This kid is a terrific player. He does not need to come off the field. It was evident last season that he was special. Glad CAG figured this out.

Go Jackets!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 31st, 2011
3:03 pm

Jacket Backer, Groh is looking better and better as DC each week, isn’t he? A couple more defensive games like that will shut up all his detractors. Of course, any reasonable fan should have seen this coming from the week to week improvement in the D throughout this season.

juvenal

October 31st, 2011
3:06 pm

buzz isn’t a Tech reference?

Supersize that order, mutt

October 31st, 2011
3:12 pm

juvenal, yeah, I guess it is, but I didn’t pick up on it. too subtle???

Supersize that order, mutt

October 31st, 2011
3:13 pm

however, juvenal, I think some kind of name that would be used from year to year just to describe the meeting of the two Tech’s would be more appropriate and attract more attention.

Glenn

October 31st, 2011
3:20 pm

Someone said Jemea was selling Cokes and popcorn at halftime, too.

NOVAJacket

October 31st, 2011
3:27 pm

JFT an instant classic!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 31st, 2011
3:31 pm

Purple Pride

October 31st, 2011
3:31 pm

Way to go you former Fitzgerald High Purple Hurricane!

juvenal

October 31st, 2011
3:37 pm

i guess can’t use the word massacre, not insensitive, just old & forgetful……aren’t all their players sociology & criminology majors, engineering only a fraction of what they do, like Clmson,FSU,AU…..ok, “Tech it to the limit”…

Supersize that order, mutt

October 31st, 2011
3:40 pm

I think it needs to be referred to as some kind of bowl

GTJason

October 31st, 2011
3:45 pm

Yeah finally 6′7″ ~350lb nose tackle TJ Barnes gets to play… How has that not been a no brainier all season? The goal of a nose tackle is to be disruptive and take down more than 1 lineman in the 3-4. He can do that by falling forward (which will also measure on the Richter scale.) I understand a hair on Groh’s head has more defensive knowledge than I do, but he’s the only NT that’s even the right size especially when we can’t stop the run, he’s gotta play.

juvenal

October 31st, 2011
3:46 pm

too worn out to get that high saturday, just hit my cell thursday week…

Ga Tech Old Timer

October 31st, 2011
3:49 pm

THAT”S WHAT I”M TALKING ABOUT!!! Jemea Thomas has played his ass off EVERY game – and leaves it all on the field. There’s no quit in this kid. He’s a RSO and hopefully will be one of our team leaders for a couple more years. While everyone stepped up their game Saturday PM – JT plays and leads by example. We need more players like JT that Coach Johnson can say the same thing about -”We need to find a way to get him on the field more often…”. He has become one of the leaders on a team that just last year lacked players with leadership qualities and the desire of JT to “Do what it takes to help the team”. Congradulations JT – you make us all proud!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 31st, 2011
3:50 pm

juvenal was your 3:46 post to me? Do I even have your cell?

juvenal

October 31st, 2011
3:59 pm

Super, check your yahoo…..don’t really like the buzzards enough to care if we have a cute name…..

wreckbuzz

October 31st, 2011
4:01 pm

Well deserved. He’s a playmaker. It seems like he makes every special teams tackle too. I like having him as punt returner, maybe something awesome will happen on that unit with him involved.

Rduck

October 31st, 2011
4:02 pm

“Techmo Bowl” for all you out there over 40 like myself…

GT Dude

October 31st, 2011
4:02 pm

Well deserved recognition!!!
Saw Jamea in the first or second home game and knew he was something special, since then he has been “my main Man” A real head hunter
Stay Thirsty My Friends

Rduck

October 31st, 2011
4:05 pm

this secondary really has a chanc to be a very special unit for Tech in the years to come. they are hard-nosed and very skilled at a young age. could be the best Tech has fielded in a very long time. possibly ever….
Jamea is a great talent and a great overall team player. the kid just does his job and excels evry game. he also did a great job fielding punts.

Spyro

October 31st, 2011
4:05 pm

This is very well deserved. Guy is all over the place. Well done, Jemea!

wreckbuzz

October 31st, 2011
4:07 pm

I think we can call the VT-GT game the “Coastal Division Finals”.

Rduck

October 31st, 2011
4:07 pm

might as well call it the Coastal Division Championship becuse it always seems to come down to this game every year. no disrespect to UVA but i just can’t see them running the table…

Rduck

October 31st, 2011
4:08 pm

beat me to it wreckbuzz

T3

October 31st, 2011
4:17 pm

JT is a baller. GT Secondary is a real hit squad.

A name for the upcoming GT-VT game: A Turkey Shoot.

juvenal

October 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

T3, got to be careful with shooting references…..

Ben Hill

October 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

Wonder if he will help the graduation rates……..

Nate

October 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

I’ve been impressed by Sweeting #6 as well. Mario Butler got beat all last year.

Nate

October 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

I think as a whole UVA is getting alot better as well. Not just because they beat Tech. They shouldn’t win out though.

The only problem T3...

October 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

…is which team is the turkey?