In what has to be one of the most “on second thought” scenarios in recent history, once-disgruntled wide receiver Jeff Thomas has backed out of his pending transfer to Illinois and will return to the University of Miami he announced via social media early Wednesday morning.
Thomas, who abruptly left the team back in November prior to the team’s game against Pittsburgh, made the announcement via his Instagram page.
The speedy receiver from East St. Louis, Illinois had documented issues with now-retired Canes coach Mark Richt and former Miami receiver coach Ron Dugans, which led to his dismissal/decision to leave Coral Gables months ago. The situation with Thomas and the previous offensive coaches had deteriorated to the point where he left the team without notice and removed all reference to the University of Miami from all of his social media accounts.
Fast forward to January, after Richt’s retirement, after Manny Diaz took over as head coach and removed all the previous offensive assistant coaches, rumors began to swirl that Thomas wanted to come back to Miami.
Diaz ultimately obliged and allowed Thomas to return and the Hurricanes got one of its most dangerous offensive weapons back.
When he’s in good standing and is fully invested, Thomas is undoubtedly an explosive pass catcher and kick returner. In his two seasons with the Canes, Thomas totaled 52 catches for 937 yards (18 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. He also averaged 24.6 yards on punt returns and 26 yards on kickoff returns during 2018, a season where he returned two kicks for scores. The 5-foot-10 receiver had 1,063 all-purpose yards and a team-high 22 plays of 20 yards or more in 2018.