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#1 Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas - Football - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Year Senior
Height 6-2
Weight 207
Hometown Thomasville, Ga.
Last School Thomasville H.S.
Charlie Thomas - Football - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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2022 Second-Team All-ACC (Associated Press)
2022 Third-Team All-ACC
2021 Honorable Mention All-ACC

2022 (Senior): Appeared in all 12 games, making 10 starts at linebacker … Merged as one of college football’s most versatile and productive defenders at Georgia Tech, putting together a historic senior campaign … Racked up 112 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, which he returned for a total of 114 yards … Was one of only two NCAA Division I FBS players since 2000 with at least 112 tackles, 10.5 TFL, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in a regular season (joining TCU’s Paul Dawson in 2014) …  Ranked among the nation’s best in solo tackles per game (5th – 5.9), fumbles recovered (22nd – 2) and total tackles per game (22nd – 9.3) … Tallied 10 or more tackles five times on the season, including three of the first four games to start 2022 … Made 10 stops against then-No. 4 Clemson (Sept. 5), including eight solo … Despite only playing the second half against Western Carolina (Sept. 10), became one of just three ACC players in 2022 to record eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and an interception in a single game … Turned in 10 tackles against Ole Miss (Sept. 17) and UCF (Sept. 24), in addition to a forced fumble at UCF … Earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors after making seven tackles, two pass deflections and an interception in just a single half of football against then-No. 24 Pitt (Oct. 1) … Also earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors when he made 16 stops (10 solo), including a sack and forced fumble in the 28-27 road win at Virginia Tech (Nov. 5) … Recorded 11 tackles against Miami (Nov. 12) …  Returned a Florida State (Oct. 29) fumble 71 yards, making it the third-longest fumble return in Georgia Tech history.

2021 (Junior): Honorable mention all-ACC … Saw action in all 12 games and made eight starts at linebacker … Ranked fourth on the team (second among 2022 returners) with 70 total tackles … Led team with 10 tackles for loss for 43 yards … Ranked second on the team with three sacks … Led squad with two interceptions … Broke up three passes (second on team) … Forced one fumble … Had multiple tackles in all 12 games … Tallied at least five tackles in each of the first eight games of the season … Opened the year with seven stops against Northern Illinois (Sept. 4) … Had five tackles, a tackle for loss and two interceptions against Kennesaw State (Sept. 11) … Became the first Georgia Tech linebacker of the millennium with two interceptions in a game … Notched a career-high 12 tackles at No. 6 Clemson (Sept. 18) …  Stuffed the stat sheet with eight total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 45-22 rout over No. 20 North Carolina … Became one of just five NCAA Division I FBS players in 2021 and one of just 11 ACC players since 2000 with at least eight tackles, 4.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks in a game in the win over UNC, en route to being named ACC Linebacker of the Week for the second time in his career … Had five tackles against eventual ACC champion Pitt (Oct. 2) … Notched second double-digit tackle game of the season with 10 stops, including one for loss, and a forced fumble in win at Duke (Oct. 9) … Began the second half of the season with six tackles at Virginia (Oct. 23) and five stops vs. Virginia Tech (Oct. 30) … Closed the campaign with four tackles apiece against Miami (Nov. 6) and No. 1 Georgia (Nov. 27) and two apiece against Boston College (Nov. 13) and No. 6 Notre Dame (Nov. 20).

2020 (Junior – “Covid Year” – year of eligibility retained): Saw action in all 10 games … Made two starts at nickel back (Oct. 9 vs. Louisville and Oct. 31 vs. Notre Dame) … Proved to be one of the most versatile defensive players in the ACC, lining up at defensive back, linebacker and even defensive line over the course of the season … Finished the season with 18 total tackles, two sacks, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry … Turned in his finest performance of the season in the home opener against UCF, tallying a season-high six tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss … Contributed a TFL, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in nationally televised primetime win over Louisville (Oct. 9) … Had four tackles against eventual ACC champion and College Football Playoff participant Clemson (Oct. 17) … Was in on two tackles against both Notre Dame (Oct. 31) and Duke (Nov. 28) … Was forced to play significant snaps on the defensive line due to a rash of unavailable players at NC State (Dec. 5).

2019 (Sophomore): Appeared in all 12 games, making five starts at linebacker … Led the team with 9.5 tackles-for-loss … Tied to lead the team with two forced fumbles on the year … Finished second on the team with 65 tackles (42 solo) … Finished as one of only seven underclassmen defenders in Power Five to record 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks in 2019 … Named ACC Linebacker of the Week after having one of the best performances of his career against South Florida (Sept. 7), recording a career-high-tying nine tackles (seven solo), a career-high 2.0 sacks for 12 yards, and a forced fumble … Became first Yellow Jacket since Jeremiah Attaochu in 2012 ACC Championship Game to record nine tackles and two sacks in a single game … Forced his second fumble at The Citadel (Sept. 14), in addition to six tackles (four solo) and 1.0 tackles-for-loss at 8 yards … Recorded his first-career safety at Temple (Sept. 28) to go along with seven tackles (three solo) and 1.5 tackles-for-loss for 2 yards … Registered six tackles (three solo) and tied his career-high with 2.0 tackles-for-loss for 7 yards against North Carolina (Oct. 5) … Recorded 2.0 tackles-for-loss over the next two games – at Duke (Oct. 12) and at Miami (Fla.) (Oct. 19) … Took down six offensive players solo against Virginia Tech (Nov. 16) … Totaled seven tackles (two solo) in the primetime victory over NC State (Nov. 21), including 0.5 tackles-for-loss for 6 yards and a pass breakup … Joined David Curry and Tariq Carpenter in becoming the first Georgia Tech trio since 2012 to record more than 60 tackles apiece in a single season.

2018 (True Freshman): Saw action in 10 games and made six starts at outside linebacker … Despite only making six starts, finished fifth on the team with 48 tackles, which included a sack and three tackles for loss … Led team with three fumble recoveries … Ranked second on the team with five quarterback hurries … Didn’t enter the starting lineup until Week 6 at Louisville (Oct. 5) but went on to start six of the Yellow Jackets final eight games … Earned a spot in the starting lineup after recording 11 tackles in his first three games of the season, including eight at Bowling Green (Sept. 29) … In his first-career start at Louisville, matched a school record with two fumble recoveries in Georgia Tech’s 66-31 rout … Had six tackles and broke up a pass against Duke (Oct. 13) … Set a career-high with nine tackles, including a sack, in victory at Virginia Tech (Oct. 25) … Notched seven tackles in win at North Carolina (Nov. 3) … Closed the regular-season with eight tackles, including one for a 10-yard loss, at Georgia (Nov. 24) … Was one of 13 true freshmen to see game action for the Yellow Jackets.

High School: Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports/Scout and Rivals … Two-time all-state and all-region honoree … Recorded 78 tackles as a senior, helping lead Thomasville to its first region title in 10 years and its first undefeated regular season in 29 years … 2018 Army All-American Game nominee … Coached by Zach Grage … National Honor Society member … Graduated a semester early and enrolled at Georgia Tech in January 2018.

Personal: Has three siblings … Started playing football at age 6 … Graduated from Georgia Tech in December 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration … Is pursuing graduate studies in history, technology and society … Plans to go to graduate school to pursue an MBA.

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