Przybylo: Just one more thing

No need to rush Trevor Knight back for Sooners when Cody Thomas can handle final two games of the regular season.

Before we turn the page to playing against Kansas for Oklahoma, let’s take one more look at the week that was.

Let’s look at just one more thing.

Time to ride it out with Cody Thomas rest of season

Seems a little odd to say after the first half in OU’s win against Texas Tech, but you might have learned more about Cody Thomas with his response in the second half after throwing three interceptions in the first half than you would have from a four-touchdown, near flawless outing.

Things weren’t pretty after the first 30 minutes in Lubbock. The team looked like it had given up a bit, nothing was going OU’s way.

Thomas, making his first career start, was 7-of-17 for 120 yards with three interceptions and OU was down 21-7 within the first two minutes of the second half.

The question was asked after the game if whether or not OU considered going to Blake Bell at quarterback in the second half, Josh Heupel responded with an authoritative no.

In the last 28 minutes of the game, it became clear why with OU scoring 35 points and start to find its groove again.

“He carries himself that way,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “He doesn’t lack for confidence, and he does it in the right way. He’s confident in what he’s able to do.”

Thomas didn’t make an impact with his arm in the second half, but with his legs and decision making. He was just 3-of-3 for 13 yards but did throw his first career touchdown. On the ground, he’s not the fastest, but he rushed for 103 yards on just eight attempts.

During the postgame interviews, an audible “Cody, Cody” chant was heard from the locker room. The numbers tell one story, but the players obviously believe in the redshirt freshman.

“That felt pretty good,” Thomas said. “Those guys are very close friends to me, and again, they just show so much support. I couldn’t be more thankful for that.”

Stoops was careful with his words regarding Trevor Knight late in the week, saying he was only unavailable for the Tech game. But barring an injury to Thomas, Knight should take it easy for a few weeks and get ready for bowl practice.

There are football injuries and then there are life-altering injuries. Knight has dealt with football stuff when it comes to shoulder problems, but it is a different sort of injury.

With sources using words like temporary paralysis and talking about his neck, no reason to push him before he’s ready. Obviously Stoops won’t do that as he doesn’t have a history of rushing his players back, but he should just go public and say Thomas is the guy for the final two games of the regular season.

For all of Knight’s positive qualities, Thomas actually looked more comfortable running the zone read than Knight ever has during this season. And took advantage of his opportunities.

“Once we started pulling up some of the read game stuff, I knew I’d get a couple of opportunities to pull the ball just because our running backs are doing such a great job and we’re such a threat on the run game.

“You don’t always expect it to work out like that, just so wide open. But I’m so glad it did.”

Thomas had to go basically the whole game without wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who left after the first two series of the game. However, Thomas developed a nice rhythm with Durron Neal and should only build off the experience.

And his experience should include at least two more starts to close out the OU regular season.


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