In retrospect, it all makes sense. With a name like TJ, he was always destined for Virginia, wasn't he?
Former North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver T.J. Thorpe announced today that, beginning this spring, he will be transferring to play ball at Virginia. Thorpe, who graduated from UNC this December, will be eligible to play immediately will be able to participate in spring practice.
If the name T.J. Thorpe sounds familiar to you, it's because this is the young man who scored the go-ahead touchdown run against Virginia just this year, October 25, 2014. It came on third down and fifteen with just 4:05 remaining in the game and Virginia up 27-21. Carolina QB Marquise Williams had to sit out that play because his helmet had come off on the previous one, and backup Mitch Trubisky came in, cold, and absolutely nailed it.
Here's the video in case you want to subject yourself to this again:
Thorpe made the following tweet just earlier this evening:
Thanks again pic.twitter.com/XJ9ustveZU— TJ Thorpe (@ThorpeTJ) January 6, 2015
If you look at his timeline and mentions, it's clear that he leaves Carolina with a warm impression on their fans, notwithstanding the fact that he's going to a Coastal division rival.
Thorpe had a rough 2013 season after breaking his foot multiple times, and then missed a few games at the start of the 2014 season once again due to a broken foot. More from Thorpe on playing this past season:
If Thorpe is healthy, Virginia could really benefit from his ability to be a deep threat at wide receiver, particularly as the Hoos lose playmakers Miles Gooch and Darius Jennings to graduation.