Remember Pete Thomas, the Colorado State quarterback who transferred to North Carolina State? Well, now he’s Pete Thomas, the NC State quarterback who transferred to Louisiana-Monroe.
Thomas played 21 games for the Rams from 2010-11, then sat out for a year before playing another 9 for the Wolfpack last season. Now a senior, Thomas has thrown for 5936 yards and 22 TDs so far in his career, but has also thrown 30 interceptions.
Last season in Raleigh, another transfer, Brandon Mitchell, had beaten Thomas out for the starting spot in camp, but injuries cost him time and Thomas started 6 games. He threw for 1667 yards and 4 TDs, but 9 interceptions. This season, with yet another transfer, Jacoby Brissett of Florida, all but anointed as starter, Thomas has jumped ship again.
As he’s already graduated, Thomas will be eligible to start right away for the Warhawks, who said goodbye to star senior quarterback Kolton Browning at the end of the 2013 season. This could be a good move for Thomas, as he’s hardly walking into a loaded quarterback competition. Brayle Brown (117-61-645-1-6) and Earnest Carrington (1-1-7-0-0) are the only other contenders who have thrown a pass at the FBS level.
Thomas will need to digest the playbook in a hurry, but he has a huge edge in experience that could see him anointed the opening day starter.