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Colorado State’s starting QB granted release; Vandy in his future?

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Beginning with his true freshman season in 2010, Pete Thomas had started 21 straight games at Colorado State before a knee injury ended his 2011 season in the ninth game of the year.

As it turns out, his CSU career has officially ended just as abruptly.

The Rams announced in a release that Thomas has withdrawn from the university and been granted a release from his scholarship.  Thomas’ decision to transfer comes five weeks or so after Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was named the Rams’ new head coach.

“We appreciate all that Pete gave to Colorado State University during his two years with us, and we wish him the best,” said a statement attributed to athletic director Jack Graham.

The word on the street is that Thomas could be headed to Vanderbilt and play for James Franklin after sitting out the 2012 season.

During his two years with the Rams, Thomas threw for nearly 4,300 yards and 18 touchdowns, although interceptions were an issue — he threw 21 in just 414 attempts.  A four-star member of CSU’s 2010 recruiting class, Thomas was rated as the No. 16 pro-style QB in the country.

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4 Responses to “Colorado State’s starting QB granted release; Vandy in his future?”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 18, 2012 8:06 AM

    He couldn’t go wrong going to Vanderbilt, but I hope he takes advantage of all the educational opportunity Vanderbilt offers. He would be getting a chance at a top notch education as well, as playing for a decent football team,that is on the rise. I think after watching their bowl game, he might have a chance in the future to start for them

  2. daveyjones1 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:13 PM

    Vandy started a freshman at QB this year and he is likely their QB going forward, so if this kid did chooses to go there he would likely be a back up. I don’t know if that is good move for him or not, but I’m sure Vandy wouldn’t mind having that kind of depth at the QB position.

  3. tr975 says: Jan 18, 2012 2:00 PM

    daveyjones1 says:

    Vandy started a freshman at QB this year and he is likely their QB going forward, so if this kid did chooses to go there he would likely be a back up. I don’t know if that is good move for him or not, but I’m sure Vandy wouldn’t mind having that kind of depth at the QB position.
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    In addition, Vanderbilt will be getting Austyn Carta-Samuels in transfer from Wyoming next year, and I believe he will be around for a couple of years, so Thomas may have more competition than what he thought just to be a part of that QB depth

  4. wskaye says: Jan 18, 2012 11:45 PM

    Vanderbilt did not start a freshman at QB.5th yr SR Larry Smith started the season @ QB prior to Jordan Rodgers,a RS-JR transfer,winning the job.If Thomas transfers the only current player on the depth chart with more playing time would be Rodgers,who will have graduated before Thomas would be eligible to play.

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