With just over 48 hours until the Sooners’ long-awaited 2020 season kicks off, most of the Oklahoma roster is surely hoping to erase or bury memories of their 63-28 Peach Bowl thrashing at the hands of LSU.

But conversely, one player looking to build off a strong end-of-season surge is defensive lineman Isaiah Thomas. The redshirt junior came up with a crucial sack in Oklahoma’s overtime win over Baylor in the Big 12 championship, and he reflects on the play as a personal turning point.

“It was definitely a confidence booster,” he said. “I struggled my first couple years here, and with that big play, I definitely started to grow more confident in myself. And that carried on throughout offseason and carried on throughout fall camp and I made big plays throughout camp and I stood out. It’s because I’m comfortable in what I’m doing. I see myself as more so looking to make a play other than just doing my job.”

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