May 7, 2009

Thomas ready for action

For Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, the spring practices reassured him that the team that left the Georgia Dome following an embarrassing loss 38-3 loss to LSU was not the same team he would play on in 2009.

"We did not play very well in the bowl game so we came out with the right mindset this spring," Thomas said. We came out working hard and ready to play and get better than we were last year. We came out with our minds set to work hard."

Thomas identify turnovers as the biggest area of concern offensively overall.

"We are in a good position this year we just have to keep the ball off the ground," he said. "We have to keep our grades up and keep out of trouble, so we can be in good shape and not lose anyone for the season. I believe we can beat anyone."

Comparing his second spring camp to his first last season under head coach Paul Johnson, Thomas said the vibe around the team was more upbeat and everyone knows their roles now.

"Coach Johnson is a nice guy and is tight with all his players," Thomas said. "Last spring it was hard. We could not read the defense because we did not know what to do. That is different now because we got a lot better this spring. The whole team feels really good about the upcoming season. We have to play every game and not underestimate any team."

With less than four months to go before the opening game against Jacksonville State, Thomas is anxious for the beginning of fall camp. He is looking forward to the loosely organized summer workouts the players run to keep themselves in shape and build team chemistry.

"The season is right around the corner and it seems like we only have a week or two off and then it starts back up. We will be working out some over the summer doing seven-on-seven stuff, but nothing with the coaches. We will be doing stuff three times a week by ourselves. I am ready to start and ready to play."

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