Ahmad Thomas and the Oklahoma Sooners are set for the Big 12 opener vs. TCU

Safety and team captain talks about bouncing back from a disappointing non-conference season

The team was able to bounce back last year after the loss to Texas. How did that happen?

I would say the leadership in the team and, also, other players stepping up and stuff like that. We’ve done that on the defensive side of the ball. I don’t know too much about the offense. We came together and talked about the things we need to fix. I’m confident we will improve throughout the season.

Are you worried the 2014 season might repeat itself?

It’s frustrating because we’ve been through this before. There’s a lot of players that were on that team. I feel like we shouldn’t even be going through this right now. 

How did the players-only meeting go?

It went good. It was a good thing to know where people stand individually and what they think about what’s going on. We talked about a lot of things we need to fix. I feel like it was a good. I feel like we come together when we do things like that.

Can you pinpoint some of the problems with this team?

Sometimes it isn’t only football. There are off-the-field things that are bothering people. Knowing that, you respect them even more because you don’t know what’s going on in someone’s life.

Did you see improvement at cornerback in the bye week?

I did. It was way more competitive. That spot is still open. It’s kinda frustrating that we’re still dealing with it at this point in the season. They’re stepping up now. They should’ve done it before, but they’re stepping up now.

Is there anything you can do to help them?

I feel like it’s a technique thing. As a freshman, you really don’t know what’s going through his mind. He’s a young player. All I can do on the field is help him as a player. You really don’t know what’s going through his mind. He might be nervous or he might be scared. As long as he knows the play, that should make him feel comfortable. He’s still a freshman. He still has to develop.

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