Georgia Tech football’s new No. 5

Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas’ No. 5 jersey will go to safety A.J. Gray, now that Thomas has moved on to an NFL training camp. (AP Photo/Brett Davis, File)

Given that Justin Thomas has left the Flats, Georgia Tech fans certainly will miss watching No. 5 play. But hold on. A No. 5 jersey will run and up and down the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium in the coming season.

While Thomas electrified Tech crowds the past three seasons as the quarterback who directed coach Paul Johnson’s option offense, the new No. 5 doesn’t play quarterback. In fact, he doesn’t even play on offense.

Safety A.J. Gray turned in his No. 15 jersey and will wear No. 5. Gray, a 6-foot-1, 218-pound junior, was a Parade All-American as a senior at Washington County High School and was the AJC’s state player of the year that season.

Though neither will wear No. 5, two Yellow Jackets quarterbacks did change jersey numbers — redshirt freshmen Jay Jones (13 to 4) and Lucas Johnson (18 to 7). No other scholarship players changed jersey numbers.

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