On Tuesday, Dantonio said Thomas is making progress and isn't sure if he will play at Iowa.
"We'll see where he's at this week, but he is making progress," he said. "He's working out. Can he get in pads this week? That will define whether he makes the trip or not. He's getting closer, so we just have to progress him now."
No. 2 QB depends on situation
Dantonio said O'Connor being the No. 2 will depend on how he practices.
"Is he the No. 2? Is he the No. 3? It depends on who he practices and what the situation is probably in the game," Dantonio said. "I'm impressed with Tyler as well at times, but the consistency, and, again, he's a redshirt freshman, so you have some of those same problems with him."
"Just win, baby"
Dantonio said sometimes coaches can't control everything even when they try and it's a sign of the times.
"I guess it says that just win, baby, first of all," Dantonio said. "It's a fickle society. We all know that. Patience is a virtue.
"I really just keep doing my job. I think that's all we can do is work your job the best you can."