Jeff Thomas is apart of the most talented receiving corps in America (yeah, I might be a tad bias). But the 5’10 rising sophomore is in line to lead the group to a whole new level. The former 4 star recruit from Illinois. The Under Armor All-American came into Coral Gables as the ESPN300 #55 recruit last season. It’s safe to say Thomas showed fans something they should be excited for while finished his freshmen season with 4 starts, 17 catches and 374 yards, averaging 22 yards per catch.
Thomas is my favorite ‘Canes receiver to watch this season. He has elite speed and change of direction. Personally, I LOVE his ability to control his body while tracking down the deep ball. He’s shown that last year and it should make him an electric factory this year. He’s shown the ability to make the first man miss and get extra yards after the catch. The big play receiver had catches of 70, 78 and twice of 48 yards. Against North Carolina, he had 3 catches for 101 yards, including a 78 yard home run. While he didn’t have the targets or catches last season, it’s foolish to think that wont change.
His production will be dependent on the man behind center. With Malik Rosier coming off a solid first season, he weathered injuries down the stretch. It shouldn’t be surprising to see Thomas making home run plays all year long. The only downside is the LOADED receiving corps Miami will boast this season. However, he should see an increase in targets, especially with talented sophomore Deejay Dallas seeming to move to a running back role. Langham and Cager are going to get their touches as well, so it’ll be interesting to see how many big plays Thomas produces this season.