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Oklahoma football: Ahmad Thomas working for starting spot

by Jason Kersey Published: March 15, 2014
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Sophomore safety Ahmad Thomas enrolled early at Oklahoma last spring to begin working toward a potential starting spot as a true freshman.

That never materialized, but Thomas did play lots on special teams, and is in line for a bigger role on the Sooners’ 2014 defense.

“It was hard, but you know, I already knew I had good players ahead of me, so I know I’ve gotta compete more,” Thomas said of last season, when Gabe Lynn and Quentin Hayes locked down the starting safety spots.

Hayes is returning as a senior, but Lynn has graduated. Also, last year’s starting nickelback, Julian Wilson, is sitting out the spring after shoulder surgery, so Thomas is getting some work there, too.

“He's a guy who can do a lot of different things, but as a young player, you don't want to throw too much at him too fast,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “But I think Ahmad's got a good feel for his position. Now we can start moving him around.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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