Miami’s Jeff Thomas says he’s entering NFL Draft, will not play in bowl game

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Jeff Thomas is on his way to the NFL. The Miami junior wide receiver announced Friday on Instagram that he will declare for the 2020 draft and skip the Hurricanes’ bowl game later in the month.

Thomas thanked his college head coaches, Mark Richt and Manny Diaz, in his announcement.

SN’s MOCK DRAFT: Burrow at the top; tons of receivers in Round 1

Thomas will finish his Hurricanes career with 83 receptions for 1,316 yards and eight touchdowns. He made 31 catches for 379 yards and three scores in 10 games in 2019 (he was suspended for two games for violating team rules). He also served as a kick and punt returner in his three seasons, with a career-high 691 kick return yards in 2017.

Thomas rejoined the program last spring after being dismissed from the team in November 2018 for violating team rules. The Miami Herald noted in April that Thomas came back to the Hurricanes after considering a transfer to Illinois, which would have allowed him to play in his home state (he is from East St. Louis, Ill., just outside St. Louis). 

The 5-10, 174-pound Thomas is not listed in SN’s latest NFL mock draft; seven other receivers are among the 32 picks.

Miami went 6-6 in the 2019 regular season, Diaz’s first as head coach after succeeding Richt. The Hurricanes will play Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26 in Shreveport, La.

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