Golden Bears sign Thornburg, McComas

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

CHESAPEAKE — Together again.

Chesapeake Panthers senior wide receiver Jeffrey Thornburg and quarterback Caleb McComas have been hooking up since they were young boys.

After clicking on 22 passes for 425 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season, the duo were facing the end of their partnership.

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In stepped West Virginia Tech.

The 6-foot, 160-pound McComas and 6-2, 175-pound Thornburg will remain teammates next season after signing letters-of-intent with the Golden Bears.

Thornburg said he picked Tech over Morehead State and Wittenberg because of the opportunity to play along side McComas again.

“It was close to home and I get to play with (McComas). We’ve always played together since were were seven,” Thornburg said.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play college football since I was a little kid. I want to play after watching it on TV.”

McComas completed 53 of 118 passes for 775 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He also rushed 65 times for 554 yards.

Thornburg caught 22 passes for 425 yards and 10 TDs.

“We know each other pretty well,” McComas said.

West Virginia Tech was 0-11 last season but will be switching to the NAIA division this year instead of NCAA Division II.

“They were excited to move to NAIA and get a lot of new guys,” McComas said. “I’ve only heard of good things are going to happen.”

Chesapeake head coach Phil Davis said both players have the ability to contribute to the Tech program.

“Caleb is a good athlete,” Davis said. “He can run the football and he’s very accurate when he throws. He makes very few mistakes. I feel at the next level he’ll pick up what they want him to do.

“Jeffrey has good height and he can jump. He’s a good athlete and I think he’s still growing. He has as good of hands as anyone I’ve seen. He can make big plays and he makes plays under pressure.”

While Davis predicts the two seniors will succeed in college, McComas said that it won’t come easy.

“It will be a faster paced game, but I think we’ll adapt to it just fine. I’m exited,” McComas said. “I’d like to play early. They talked to me about playing quarterback.”

Thornburg agreed.

“There will be bigger guys who are a lot faster and a lot stronger. It will be tough,” Thornburg said.

During their Chesapeake careers, the duo were part of three Ohio Valley Conference football titles, four basketball championships plus four trips to the regionals and two OVC track crowns.

Thornburg plans to major in business management and McComas will enter the school’s engineering department.