Jemea Thomas was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (206th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jemea Thomas was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (206th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. CAREER NOTES
SEASONAL REVIEWSSenior Year (2013):
- Played in 54 career games, tying for the most in Georgia Tech history at every position in the secondary.
- Was the Yellow Jackets' top cover corner but moved to safety because of injuries to teammates.
- Recorded 234 career tackles and nine interceptions.
Junior Year (2012):
- Started all 13 games and led the team in solo tackles (73), total tackles (88) and pass break-ups (8).
- Invited to play in two postseason all-star games including the East-West Shrine Game.
- Named third team All-ACC by Phil Steele.
- Twice named ACC Defensive Back of the Week.
- Forced a fumble and had three solo tackles in the season opener vs. Elon (Aug. 31).
- Recorded seven tackles at eventual ACC Coastal Division champion Duke (Sept. 14)
- Had six tackles, five solo tackles and broke up two passes vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 26)
- Registered seven solo tackles, one sack and a forced fumble in a 56-0 shutout of Syracuse.
- Recorded a career-high 15 tackles, including 12 solo stops, and two pass break-ups at Virginia (Oct. 26).
- Had an interception, a sack and six solo tackles vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 2).
- Forced a fumble and had a sack at Clemson (Nov. 14).
- Registered nine tackles and his second interception of the season in the regular season finale vs. Georgia (Nov. 30).
- Matched his career high with 15 solo tackles and recorded a career-best three tackles for loss vs. Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl (Dec. 30).
Sophomore Year (2011):
- Started all 14 games and ranked second on the team in total tackles (86) and led the team in solo tackles (61). Also led the team in interceptions (4) while posting three tackles for loss and six pass break-ups.
- Recorded six tackles and an interception vs. Miami (Sept. 22).
- Had a career-high 11 tackles, including eight solo tackles, at Clemson (Oct. 6).
- Matched his career high with 11 tackles vs. BYU (Oct. 27).
- Registered two tackles for loss and an interception in the win at Maryland (Nov. 3).
- Had nine tackles, including seven solo tackles, vs. Duke (Nov. 17).
- Had eight tackles and a spectacular one-handed interception against Florida State in the ACC Championship Game (12/1).
Redshirt Year (2010):
- Played in all 13 games and made two starts -- vs. Clemson and vs. Utah in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
- His three interceptions tied for the team lead and ranked tied for 10th in the ACC. Also had two rushing attempts -- both on fake punt attempts -- for a total of 29 yards.
- Took over punt return duties late in the season and finished with three returns for 31 yards (10.3 yards per attempt).
- Finished with 50 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and one quarterback hurry.
- Had five tackles and a sack in key home win vs. North Carolina (Sept. 24).
- Sprinted 27 yards on a fake punt attempt at NC State (Oct. 1).
- Enjoyed perhaps the best game of his young career in a win over sixth-ranked Clemson (Oct. 29) when he picked off two Tiger passes -- the first two interceptions of his career - both in the fourth quarter to preserve Tech's win. Also had a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and the first punt return (7 yards) of his career.
- Preserved a Tech win at Duke (Nov. 19) when he picked off a Blue Devil pass late in the fourth quarter. Added six tackles (5 solos), a tackle for loss and a 14-yard punt return in Durham.
- Had eight tackles, a sack and a 10-yard punt return vs. Utah in the Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31).
Freshman Year (2009):
- Redshirted as a sophomore in 2010.
- Served as the top back-up to Morgan Burnett at the rover position, appearing in 14 games as a reserve.
- Came off the bench to record 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass break-up.
- One of seven true freshmen to play key roles in 2009.
- Was a Scout.com three-star recruit at Fitzgerald High School.
- Named 2008 Class AA Defensive Player of the Year (AJC). Was a Class AA first team all-state selection (GHSA and AJC), all-district and was named to the North-South All-Star Classic roster.
- Rushed 59 times for 518 yards (8.8 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns in 2008. Defensively, had 140 tackles (84 solo) with three blocked field goals and four interceptions.
- Also ran track.
- Born April 7, 1990 in Fitzgerald, Ga.
- Has five older siblings. Brother, Fabian Daniel, played football at Shorter College.
- Began playing football at age nine.
- Studied management at Georgia Tech.