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. 14 - QB Cody Thomas (6-foot-4, 211 pounds)
342 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 141 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
What happened last year: Thrust into a starting role because of an injury and the year-long struggles of Trevor Knight, Thomas didn’t provide much relief. In three games, his accuracy numbers were below 50 percent, and he could never find a consistent rhythm with his receivers – a unit that was without top pass catcher Sterling Shepard.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. Thomas comes into the quarterback race during preseason camp probably in third at this point. There’s nothing to suggest that he could suddenly win the camp battle, at least not this season. Thomas could see action though, either in mop-up duty or a spot start. While it’s unlikely that Thomas will make the start against Akron in the season opener, it’s more likely that the two quarterbacks ahead of Thomas will struggle enough for offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to make the switch.
Best-case scenario for this season: It’s probably the longest shot of any scenario, but Thomas wins the starting job in camp. From there, it would be even a longer shot if Thomas were to keep the job through the entire season. That’s the perfect storm for Thomas, though. A far more likely – and still best-case – is that Thomas does enough in his rare opportunities, including one unexpected start, to put his name within striking distance for the starting job next season.