“We only practice 15 times through the entire spring,” Stoops said. “We can make it work. He's too talented not to play (baseball).
“God gives you that kind of talent, you need to use it.”
Golloway believes Thomas will have the opportunity to showcase his talent right away on both the diamond and gridiron.
The football team lost Landry Jones, its four-year starting quarterback who shattered most OU passing records throughout his prolific career. Junior Blake Bell, Jones' backup last season, will enter spring football practices as front-runner in the quarterback battle.
Bell gained notoriety over the past two seasons for his success in the “Belldozer” package, in which he replaced Jones, received the snap and plowed forward for short-yardage first downs and touchdowns.
Senior Drew Allen, the third-string quarterback last season, is set to graduate in May and will likely transfer to another program for a better opportunity to start in 2013.
Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight turned heads on the scout team in 2012, leading many to believe he'll have a chance to leapfrog Bell on the depth chart. Sophomore Kendal Thompson, the speedy son of former OU quarterback Charles Thompson, could also factor into the battle.
“I'm not sure when he's gonna get here, so it's too early to answer that kind of question,” Stoops said on signing day when asked if Thomas could be OU's quarterback next season.
“But he sure has the ability to.”
Golloway said: “I think he's gonna be special. ... We're not gonna be surprised in baseball, but I think people are gonna be surprised in football. I really do.
“We knew a long time ago what people are right now figuring out.”
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