Thomas Puts On A Show In Scrimmage

There was one Oklahoma State coach that got to see the show in Stillwater High School's Pioneer Stadium on Friday night. Broken Arrow running back Devon Thomas put on quite a show playing in a three-way scrimmage against the home team Stillwater and Tulsa Edison just about a mile away from his pledged college home Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium.

Thomas first run went for about 20 yards around the left side and as an Edison player came up to push him out of bounds, Thomas delivered a blow that knocked the defender 10 yards downfield landing on his backside. Thomas had more than 200 yards rushing in the scrimmage and scored six touchdowns.

"Yeah, I had six," said Thomas. "No, I wasn't ready because I haven't been hydrating that well. With school starting this week I haven't been able to get that gallon of water I need and my calves started cramping and I had to stride it out."

Stride it out he did, but c'mon man, those teachers have to let him bring his water in the classroom.

"They do, but sometimes I sleep in," explained Thomas grinning. "No, no it's on me."

Last December, Thomas, who is 5-11 and 210 pounds and very muscular, changed his college commitment to Oklahoma State from OU.

He is coming off a junior season where he missed the early part of the year for an undisclosed reason. It was really kept hush-hush at Broken Arrow with the staff and head coach Steve Spavital handled it firmly but privately. It has left Thomas hungry for this upcoming season.

"You know I only played about eight games last season and everybody else played 12 and they were missing me on a couple," said Thomas. "I'm ready to show them what I have left."

Thomas is more than willing to brag on his offensive line and he was right. On the majority of his long runs he had a big hole to get a big burst downfield.

"We've got Keaton Baggs and he committed to ULM, we've got a sophomore and he's a young guy, Rowdy, and Zack Zarecki and he's been with me a while, we've been been playing together since around sixth grade," said Thomas of what is a good size offensive line that is coached by former OSU All-Big Eight offensive lineman Craig Simmons. "Matt Collins is a junior and he's really stepping up and then we've got Virgil Jones. They've been busting it big for me and I don't have to do much most of the time."

Thomas and Broken Arrow teammate Gyasi Akem are both committed to Oklahoma State (we also spoke with Akem and will have more on him this weekend). Both are happy to have their recruiting done leaving them to zero in on trying to get back to the state championship game in Decembeer.

"There's no offer I'm waiting for," said Thomas when asked if he is glad to have recruiting and his decision behind him. "I am already where I need to be and all I have to do is focus on my team and focus on winning and that is what we're doing right now."

Thomas certainly put his best foot forward in the scrimmage in Stillwater, but as he said there is a lot of football left to play this season. Thomas is glad to be going from the start.

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