Oklahoma quarterback Cody Thomas is going to leave the football program to focus 100 percent on baseball this spring, confirmed OU football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday night.
The news, first reported by SoonerScoop.com, is just the latest in what has been a crazy couple of months at the position for the Sooners.
Thomas, who was a redshirt sophomore in 2015, played in only three games and completed a mere pass. He did become the backup quarterback to Baker Mayfield toward the latter stages of the season but never saw any action in that role after replacing Trevor Knight.
Knight transferred to Texas A&M earlier this month, perhaps seeing where he was on the depth chart and wanting a chance to play for his senior season.
The OU depth chart now actually sees a mid-year enrollee for the 2016 class, four-star quarterback Austin Kendall, become the backup quarterback.
Kendall arrived in Norman last week to go along with former five-star quarterback Kyler Murray, who has transferred to OU from Texas A&M.
Murray, however, is not eligible for the 2016 season although he will be allowed to practice with the team.
Thomas’ time to shine came in the 2014 season when he went 2-1 as a starter in OU’s final three regular season games, taking over after Knight was injured.
A four-star prospect coming out of Colleyville (Texas) Heritage, the 6-foot-4, 211-pound Thomas had a choice to make as to whether or not he wanted to play football or baseball.
He chose to play, but the results weren’t there as a freshman on the baseball team. He was picked in the 30th round of the 2013 MLB Draft as an outfielder. Most scouts believe had Thomas ever decided to become a pitcher instead of an outfielder, his fate would have been much different.
Thomas hit .482 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs as a senior at Colleyville Heritage but said repeatedly he didn’t want to convert into a pitcher.
It is not known at this time whether or not Thomas will return to the football team in the fall although reports are Stoops would allow him to do just that.
OU now only has two eligible scholarship quarterbacks but did add two walk-on quarterbacks for the 2015 season in Connor McGinnis and Reece Clark.
It is too early to know as of now whether or not the Sooners will try to find a second 2016 quarterback or perhaps a juco transfer before signing day to give OU some experienced depth at the position.