OU football: How coaches are encouraging and challenging Jordan Thomas after two tough games

October 10, 2017

NORMAN – Jordan Thomas has played a lot of football at Oklahoma.

The senior has appeared in 43 games and has 33 starts at cornerback, and was a first-team all-Big 12 selection last season.

Thomas struggled in Saturday’s 38-31 loss to Iowa State, making critical mistakes on each of the Cyclones’ final three touchdown drives. The Cyclones extended a drive to tie the game at 24 after Thomas was flagged for pass interference in the third quarter. ISU took its first lead (31-24) on their next possession in the fourth quarter and was boosted by another pass interference call on Thomas.

Then, on ISU’s game-winning drive, Allen Lazard beat Thomas down the left sideline for a 25-yard touchdown.

I asked OU coach Lincoln Riley on Monday about how to encourage a veteran player like Thomas while also challenging him to be better.

“He’s just got to trust that he’s a good player. He knows how to make these plays,” Riley said. “He’s been a little bit snakebit, honestly. We felt like a couple times the other day, he had good coverage and a flag comes out. Some guys have made some great plays.

“He was in really nice position on the one, on their final touchdown. I think he’s gotta keep his confidence. He’s gotta keep working on the fundamentals in practice and trust that some of those plays are going to start going his way. They will.”