QB Patrick Thomas joins Cardinals

Junior college dual-threat quarterback Patrick Thomas has joined Louisville and is eligible to compete for the starting job immediately, the school announced Monday.

Thomas, who has three years of eligibility remaining, will be one of four quarterbacks competing this summer to replace Teddy Bridgewater, along with sophomore Will Gardner, who finished the spring atop the depth chart, senior Brett Nelson, and redshirt freshman Kyle Bolin. Penn State transfer Tyler Ferguson must sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.

"I'm pleased that Patrick has joined our program," coach Bobby Petrino said in a prepared statement. "He is a dual-threat quarterback who adds depth to that position heading into the fall. Patrick is talented and I'm excited to add him to the mix as we head into the ACC this season."

In one season at Georgia Military College in 2013, Thomas completed 110 of 207 passes for 1,695 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 199 yards and a pair of touchdowns. As a freshman in 2013, Thomas led Georgia Military to an 11-1 record and helped lead the school to an appearance in the NJCAA Championship game vs. East Mississippi Community College.

Thomas originally signed at UAB in December with former head coach Garrick McGee, who is now the offensive coordinator at Louisville.