"I can work everyday on developing and learning the offense," said Thomas. "Plus, I will be able to go against the defense while on the scout team so hopefully I can help them get better as well.
"It's definitely been different for me, but in the end I think it will be good."
Thomas isn't your typical scout team quarterback, a player who is normally a walk-on or true freshman hoping to gain experience. State's scout team quarterback will be junior who has two years of starting experience under his belt.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder started for Colorado State and over the two seasons he passed for 4,269 yards and 18 touchdowns while completing 63.5% of his passes. Thomas broke the CSU single-season record with a 64.7% completion percentage as a freshman, and he had three games where he passed for over 300 yards (including 387 against San Jose State) and three games with three touchdown passes.
A coaching change at Colorado State led to Thomas considering his options, and he eventually chose to transfer to NC State after also considering UCLA and Vanderbilt. Why? His familiarity with the school and the coaching staff.
"Back when I visited in high school I liked NC State a lot," said Thomas. "Plus, the coaches are all great. They were key to my decision.
"I'm comfortable with the offense too. I'm picking it up... the terminology is different, but I feel like I'm picking it up real well. It doesn't hurt to have a great quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator like coach Bible."
He enrolled at NC State this past summer and right away he started to work out with Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon. The duo held passing sessions with the wideouts and tight ends, and according to Thomas they have a really good relationship.
"Working with Mike has been great," said Thomas. "When I came out here on my visit in high school I met Mike and was real impressed with him.
"Now being here and working out with him and seeing how he does it all... he goes about his business. He's all business. I'm excited for him this year. I'm looking forward to seeing him play."
Like the rest of the State players, Thomas has high expectations for the team in 2012.
"I've been real impressed with both the offense and defense," he stated. "They are all great teammates. It's going to be fun to watch them play because I do believe we can do well.
"I'm real excited about the season... I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to be there for Mike and Manny [Stocker]... be a good teammate."