If possible, Ambry Thomas open to return to Michigan for 2020 season
He may have to jump through some hoops, but defensive back Ambry Thomas is open to a return to Michigan for the 2020 season, even after announcing his declaration for the NFL Draft.
Thomas made an appearance on SiriusXM on Thursday to discuss his mindset after the B1G announced it was reinstating the fall football season — set to begin the weekend of Oct. 23-24. And while he’s certainly weighing the option of a return, there’s just one problem: he’s signed with an agent.
In a normal season, that would mean Thomas’s college career had come to an end. Because of the unique circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic and the B1G’s on-again, off-again approach to playing football, there may be some wiggle room.
“I’m hearing certain things that I can come back,” Thomas told Big Ten Today. “I’m hearing other things that I can’t.
“Right now, answers would clear everything up for me.”
Thomas declared for the NFL Draft on Aug. 17, less than a week after the B1G postponed the 2020 fall season. He was coming off a strong season in 2019 with the Wolverines, total 38 tackles, 4 pass break-ups, 3 interceptions and 3 tackles for loss. Michigan finished 9-4.
Michigan has seen a handful of players declare for the NFL Draft during the offseason. Offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield and wide receiver Nico Collins have already made that decision, while quarterback Dylan McCaffrey opted out of the 2020 season but is looking to transfer.
Having Thomas back would be a huge boost to the Wolverine defense that’s already lost a lot.
“I talked to a couple of my (assistant) coaches earlier,” Thomas said. “They said they’d get at me later; that they want to talk about what I’m thinking.
“Basically, the conversation we’re kind of having, I have to express my concerns still and see how that even goes about since I’ve already signed with an agent.”
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— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) September 17, 2020