OU football: Isaiah Thomas developing into impact player, says he is ‘built for this moment’

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It’s never a bad thing when a defensive coordinator recognizes your play after a shutout victory.

Isaiah Thomas officially registered two tackles in Oklahoma’s 48-0 win over Missouri State last weekend. But the disruption that he caused on the defensive line drew rave reviews from head coach Lincoln Riley and defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.

“I would highlight Isaiah Thomas,” Grinch said after the season-opening victory. “I hope we’ve talked about him before, but he’s a guy that does everything right and just plays his tail off. He’ll continue to have an impact on our defense.”

The Memorial High School graduate’s versatility has made him important to the OU defense.

During Thomas’ first two seasons, he lined up at defensive end. This year, an experiment to move the 6-5, 267-pounder to the interior of the defensive line has been a good fit.

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