During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster, starting with Dominique Alexander (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Dwayne Orso (No. 99) and the incoming freshmen.
We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.
No. 7 – CB Jordan Thomas (6-foot-1, 194 pounds)
32 tackles, 5 PBU
What happened last year: Thomas made his first career start against Texas Tech after senior Julian Wilson was hobbled by injury and eventually removed from role as starter. From there, Thomas definitely had some highs – 11 tackles in the final two games – but plenty of lows. He struggled against Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl and definitely suffered from some freshman woes as teams picked on him opposite preseason All-American Zack Sanchez.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 6. A talented Thomas would do wonders for Oklahoma’s secondary. The Sooners probably need him to start unless one of the freshmen come in ready to play, which would still come with a learning curve. If Thomas can play at a level significantly better than last season – and there’s no reason to think that he can’t – Oklahoma’s defense should be better than it was last season.
Best-case scenario for this season: Thomas has the skill set and the understanding of the game – remember, he’s a really smart guy – to make a big jump in play. He has a chance at his first career interception and maybe a small handful by the end of the year. At best, he’s probably an honorable mention for the Big 12 Conference by the end of the season. Solidifying the secondary and being the running buddy to Sanchez – like Sanchez was to Aaron Colvin – would transform the Sooners’ defense.