BOONE - Appalachian State University quarterback Zac Thomas has announced on twitter Wednesday morning that he will not return to the Mountaineers in 2021.

Thomas, like many seniors around the country, had the option of returning next season, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, but after talking it over with his family, Thomas has decided to move on.

"After much discussion with my family and coaches, I have decided to chase another dream of mine, playing in the NFL," Thomas said on his Twitter Account Wednesday morning.

Thomas had a brilliant career with the Mountaineers. In his four seasons at quarterback, the Mountaineers won four Sun Belt titles, five bowl games, they beat two Power 5 schools (North Carolina and South Carolina last season), and App State was also the first Sun Belt school to be ranked in the College Football Playoff Poll.

And Thomas put up some big numbers for the Apps, as well. During his stay, Thomas, a three-year starter, threw for 6,979 yards with 69 touchdown passes and just 23 interceptions.

"I am forever grateful for the opportunities App State has given me," Thomas said. "I've been able to receive a world class education while winning championships. The coaching staff has made me feel like family, and I have made bonds with people I will consider my brothers for life."

Thomas was a three-time all-Sun Belt selection, and he was the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year in 2018.

THE THOMAS FILE....

CAREER STATS ENTERING 2020:
49 TD passes (No. 4 in school history)
4,790 passing yards (No. 10 in school history)
5,779 total yards (No. 7 in school history)
67 total TDs passing/running/receiving (No. 5 in school history in TD responsibility)
23-3 record as a starter
Most passing yards in a game: 326 (at Troy, 2019)
Most passing TDs in a game (four, twice in 2019)
2018 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year

2020

Second team all-Sun Belt
2,189 passing yards with 20 TDs and 11 Ints
Thomas also completed 64% of his passes this season.