In a decision that is not a surprise to Georgia fans, talented left tackle Andrew Thomas has announced his decision to leave school for the NFL Draft.

Thomas said he’s dreamed of playing in the NFL since he was a kid, and “I’m taking a step to turn that dream into a reality.” Thomas also said he wouldn’t play in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day against Baylor.

Thomas thanked his coaches, teammates and fans in the “Classic City,” and added that, “wherever I end up next, I will proudly represent the G.”

Thomas received a slew of postseason awards, including being named to an Associated Press All-American. He was also a first team pick for the Walter Camp All-America team, won the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, UGA’s first recipient of the award in 21 years, and was named one of four permanent team captains. He was a co-winner of the Vince Dooley Offensive MVP award.

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During the season, Thomas was named the Outland Trophy National Player of the Month for October, and twice was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after wins over Vanderbilt and Florida.

Thomas has consistently been ranked as a high first-round draft pick in a host of NFL mock drafts.