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Watch: UGA U.S. Army All-American signee Andrew Thomas plays the snare drum

Andrew Thomas is a player.

The All-American offensive tackle joins the team at UGA in June. The Pace Academy senior also aptly fits the mold of a well-rounded student-athlete performing with the concert band.

There are likely more clever ledes that could be established, but that’s the one which probably doesn’t seem so corny Green Giant would can it up.

Thomas earned U.S. Army All-American status on the field. He consequently wound up rated as the nation’s No. 42 overall prospect for 2017.

But there’s something about seeing a young man who can do that and hit the snare drum in the video below that’s worth a moment of DawgNation’s time. He’s doing his part performing the Harry Belafonte classic “Jump in the Line” in a jazz concert.

He even had a solo. Thomas said he’d like to do something similar at UGA.

“It is just a family type of thing,” Thomas said. “My family is all involved in music in some type of way. That’s just me carrying on the family legacy I guess.”

Andrew Thomas signed with UGA after a final ranking as the nation’s No. 42 overall prospect in the Class of 2017. (Jeff Sentell /

Thomas signed in February as part of a recruiting class which finished up rated as the third-best in the nation.

Football vs. Band

How does the pressure of protecting the blind side of an All-American quarterback compare to a solo? He’s part of a very small sample size of people who can answer that.

“It is pressure but I wouldn’t say it is like football because the pressure is not the same,” Thomas said. “You’re having fun performing. I guess you could base how well the performance goes as a win or a loss. But it is not really serious at our school. We don’t do competitions or anything.”

Richard LeCounte (left) and Andrew Thomas (right) are two of Georgia highest-rated commitments this year. (Jeff Sentell /

He said it might go unnoticed if he flubs a slight sequence at a concert.

But if he makes a mistake with his blocking assignment? That’s going to catch a lot more attention.

“But I still try to play as perfectly as I can in both,” he said. “… Drumming does come easier to me than football. But that’s only because I have to work every day at football a lot to be able to succeed.”

He’s performed with the Pace concert band since he was a freshman. It should serve him well if he ever has to do a talent show event as part of freshmen or rookie orientation for the veteran players in college or pro football.

Andrew Thomas already gets along very well with UGA line coach Sam Pittman. (Jeff Sentell /

“I like playing the snare drum but I’m trying to learn how to play the piano right now as well,” Thomas said.

He continues to grow. The senior is now well past the 6-foot-5 mark on the growth chart. Thomas also looks to be a toned 335 pounds.

Thomas enrolls in June. He’s taken part in off-season workouts which have involved everything from boxing to yoga to probably everything in between at Pace Academy.

I’ve heard football coaches joke about sending their less-than-vigorous participants in practice to join the drumline on sloppy practice days. Thomas sheds those labels.

He also presents a fine example that a young person can excel in both disciplines. Look for him to join several talented freshman offensive line signees this fall.

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