Thomas discusses Sonny Dykes

Mike Thomas knows a bit about new offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes. The Wildcat receiver was recruited out of high school by coach Dykes and Texas Tech. He spoke to the media a few days back to discuss the hire.

On how close he was to committing to Texas Tech because of the spread:

"They threw the ball a lot. With me being a receiver that was a plus. I took a lot of consideration into that scheme of offense, but I got swayed this way a little bit more."

On the difficulty in learning a new system:

"Obviously where there is a coaching change and new scheme it takes time, but at the same time I believe the athletes we have on this team will be able to pick up the scheme and be ready to win a few more ball games this season."

You can't complain about this kind of an offense. The spread offense, we are throwing the ball 500 times, the receivers want that, and that is what you play for and what you work hard for."

I talked to Terrell Turner. I talked to him a couple of days ago and he was saying, ‘I am going to be catching 100 balls.' Everybody is kind of excited about the move. I think it will be good for us to get some energy in the offense. Hopefully this opens up for our running backs too to get them involved and everybody is happy and has fun with the new scheme."

On if an improved offense means seven or more wins.

We will soon find out. Hopefully it will turn out good. For the most part I think it was a pretty good move."

On whether he believes the young receivers can step up next season:

(young receivers) they are going to have to. I am going to be pushing them. We lost a great player and leader in Syndric. It is time for our young blood to step up. There is a lot on my shoulders to step up and lead. Me and A.J. (Anthony Johnson), we have to lead our group. We are going to be pushing them a lot and expecting them to step up and make plays whenever their number is up.

On what he remembers about Sonny Dykes when he was being recruited by Texas Tech: He is a strong recruiter. When he wants somebody and sees something he likes he tries to get it. He doesn't give up. He is a pretty strong cat.


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