Albion College’s Justin Thomas carries the ball during a game earlier this season. The Britons were 3-0 at press time.

Albion College’s Justin Thomas carries the ball during a game earlier this season. The Britons were 3-0 at press time.

Photo by Halley Guptil


Thomas brothers starring at Albion College

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 26, 2019

 Kyle Thomas drops back to pass. He has 14 touchdown passes this season, with eight going to his brother.

Kyle Thomas drops back to pass. He has 14 touchdown passes this season, with eight going to his brother.

Photo by Halley Guptil

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WALLED LAKE — Being at Albion College was never the plan for both Kyle and Justin Thomas.

Growing up, the two weren’t exactly what you would call friends. In elementary and middle school, they didn’t hang out much and were just brothers.

But by the time high school rolled around, they started to become best friends while playing football at Walled Lake Western.

Still, neither was expecting to be at Albion. After graduating in 2016, Kyle found himself at the University of Findlay before transferring to Albion in 2017.

Justin, a 2018 Walled Lake Western graduate, was originally committed to Wayne State University. But a talk with people close to him, a text to Britons coach Dustin Beurer and a visit led him to the same place as his brother.

“It’s awesome because I leave school and I go home, and I’m with my quarterback still, with my brother, my best friend,” Justin said. “It’s always awesome to be together. We go home, we can work out together, we can stay in shape together. It’s a blessed feeling.”

Now on the same college team, Kyle and Justin have formed quite the connection. With Kyle starting at quarterback and Justin playing wide receiver, the duo has been a large part of the Britons’ high-powered offense that was averaging more than 50 points per game at press time.

Through three games, Kyle has thrown for 681 yards and 14 touchdowns, while adding 246 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. His six touchdown passes against Franklin College matched an Albion single-game record.

Justin has emerged as Kyle’s top target, hauling in 19 passes for 327 yards and eight touchdowns. His four receiving touchdowns against Eureka College set a single-game record at Albion.

“It’s just nice to go through my reads and be confident in my receivers to get open,” Kyle said. “Justin is great at route running and good at getting separation … so it’s nice to have that as an option.”

With the two brothers starring, Albion is off to a strong start. The Britons were 3-0 overall at the press time. Their first conference game is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at home against Alma College.

The Britons want to keep it rolling as they head into conference play. Justin said the team’s goal is to continue winning each week and push for a conference championship.

“We want to be 1-0 at the end of the week. That’s what Coach Buerer emphasizes, and that’s what we are following,” Justin said.

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