When teams are clicking, it truly is a total team effort. Everybody knew it was going to be one heck of a task for Oklahoma to contain Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.
For the most part, OU cornerback Jordan Thomas was assigned that job. Thomas had perhaps the best performance of his career in limiting the explosive Coleman to three catches for 51 yards and no touchdowns.
It wasn’t all Thomas, but for the majority of the game when it was one-on-one, Thomas get the better of Coleman. And he gave props to redshirt freshman wide receiver John Humphrey for getting him ready with Humphrey’s performance on scout team.
“They’re both speed guys,” Thomas said. “I feel like he did a great job, obviously. Essentially you can prepare all you want, but with a guy like Coleman, he’s electric. He makes huge plays when they need him to. It’s pretty difficult to duplicate that.”
If there is one guy who could, though, it is Humphrey. A one-time Baylor commit, Humphrey has the potential to be a dynamic receiver for the Sooners in the future because of his speed.
OU has a lot of quality possession receivers but very few who can stretch the field the way Humphrey can and plans to going forward.
Working with Humphrey gave Thomas confidence and then his play in Waco just added to that confidence and trust in his own ability and that of the secondary.
“I had to trust my over the top help from Ahmad Thomas and Steven Parker as well as my underneath help from D-Bond and Eric Striker,” Thomas said. “Seeing them get out there early in the game and knowing they would be there to assist me in any kind of quick game and whatnot, it made me play that much more aggressive and made me that much more confident in my play.”