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Thayer Thomas to return to NC State football team for 2019 season

Breathe easy

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 01 East Carolina at NC State Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On the eve of training camp, Wolfpack fans are able to breathe a sigh of relief. Third-year sophomore wide receiver Thayer Thomas decided to delay his baseball career and return to the Wolfpack football team for the 2019 season, as reported by Joe Giglio.

Thomas, a two-sport athlete, was drafted in the 33rd (that’s a lot of rounds) round by the Boston Red Sox in the June 2019 MLB draft. He was offered a hefty signing bonus, but he decided to wait on playing minor league baseball and weigh his options. Ultimately, he and his family decided it would be best for him to keep his options open, continue his football development as well as stay on the NC State baseball team.

The former football walk-on turned scholarship player became a reliable option for Ryan Finley as a slot receiver, as well as taking on kick return duty. Having him return to the Wolfpack offense will provide a steady option for whomever is going to be the next State quarterback (Matt McKay?). He also threw a 56 yard pass one time, that was nice, making him the Pack’s third leading passer last season.

Thomas’s brother Drake is also joining the Wolfpack as a linebacker this season. One might posit that played into his decision as well. But whatever the reason, we are happy to have him back, and expect him to assume a larger role during this season of transition for the NC State offense.