Oklahoma State football: After switching from OU to OSU, Broken Arrow's Devon Thomas focused on senior year

SUPER 30 — Devon Thomas, who is generally regarded as the state's best running back entering 2013 and rated a four-star prospect by Rivals, is a versatile all-purpose back who appears to fit the mold of former OSU star and All-Big 12 honoree Joseph Randle.
by Gina Mizell Published: July 20, 2013
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photo - TULSA UNION / HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Broken Arrow's Devon Thomas (center) runs downfield under pressure from Union's Blace Walser (left) and Chase Dahlquists (right) during the high school Class 6A state championship football game in Stillwater, Okla. on Thursday, December 1, 2011. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
TULSA UNION / HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Broken Arrow's Devon Thomas (center) runs downfield under pressure from Union's Blace Walser (left) and Chase Dahlquists (right) during the high school Class 6A state championship football game in Stillwater, Okla. on Thursday, December 1, 2011. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

“He's very intelligent, he's very good at what he does and he's getting bigger and stronger.”

Thomas had a breakout season as a sophomore in 2011, rushing for 1,775 yards and 22 touchdowns while splitting carries with Cameron Wren.

But his junior season was filled with bumps, as he missed the first four games for an unspecified reason and then was slowed by a torn meniscus that wasn't revealed until after the season. Still, he tallied 495 yards and seven touchdowns over Broken Arrow's last nine games in 2012.

All of those “situations” are behind Thomas now, Spavital said, noting he's been particularly impressed with the player's increased level of maturity and leadership during spring and summer workouts.

And Thomas has high expectations for himself. Now that he'll head into his senior campaign with the recruiting process over, he wants to finish his high school career with a 2,000-yard rushing season.

“There's no waiting on this last offer or anything, because I already have what I'm looking for,” he said. “All the pressure's off, so I can go out and play.”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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No. 8: Devon Thomas

School: Broken Arrow

Height: 5-11

Weight: 210

Position: Running back

Committed to: Oklahoma State (Dec. 15, 2012)

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