As a freshman last year, Thomas earned some playing time in the secondary and spent plenty of time on special teams.
His adjustment, he said, was quick. He expects the same out of Parker.
“For me, when I came in at first it was the range and the speed was different,” Thomas said. “That’s all. He’s just got to get used to covering faster guys, bigger guys. That’s it.”
NEAL BECOMING A BETTER BLOCKER
Junior receiver Durron Neal said he’s worked on improving his blocking since last season.
“It’s one of those small things,” Neal said. “In our meeting room we’ve got hustle blocks on the wall. That’s one of the things that coach Jay (Norvell) and our offense strive on, making that extra block like the Kenny (Stills) block in the Texas game with Damien (Williams). Those are the blocks that spring a 15-yard run to a touchdown. That’s something that we pride ourselves in as receivers, doing the little things.
“If you keep blocking the corner every single time, eventually he’s goign to wear out and that’s when you hit him with the big play.”