I just called Georgia Tech to inquire about some Twitter speculation that Yellow Jackets redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Thomas will start against the Hurricanes -- and that usual starter Vad Lee is hurt.
"That's wrong,'' said Dean Buchan, Georgia Tech's assistant athletic director for media relations. "Vad Lee hasn't even been sidelined. He's not hurt.
"I don't even know where that came from. It's not remotely true. Vad Lee will start Saturday.''
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson told reporters after practice that Thomas will "more than likely" play against the Hurricanes. But Johnson did not mention Thomas starting.
"That's because Justin has been playing well in practice,'' Buchan said of Thomas getting playing time.
However, just because Thomas is not starting doesn't mean he won't see significant playing time. If Thomas comes in and moves the chains, and if Lee has a game like last week, then we could see a lot of Thomas.
Lee had a bad game last week in the Yellow Jacket's first loss of the season, a 17-10 defeat to Virginia Tech in Atlanta. In that game, Lee completed 7 of 24 passes for 144 yards, with two interceptions. He also lost a fumble.
Thomas has played in three games this season, with his only rushing attempts against Elon in the Aug. 31 season opener. He rushed five times for 53 yards and a touchdown, his longest run going 44 yards.
Thomas has not thrown a pass.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN