Honest Johnny


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:29 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Nov 9, 2010 12:8 AM CDT

The stats don&rsquo;t look impressive unless you look at one category:&#160; OSU leads the Big 12 in forced turnovers with 25.&#160; Other than that, the defensive numbers aren&rsquo;t great, but that&rsquo;s ok with coordinator Bill Young.&#160; His group has speed and an ability to change momentum in games with those big plays.</p>Safety Johnny Thomas fits Young&rsquo;s mold to a &ldquo;T&rdquo;, but that&rsquo;s only become apparent recently.&#160; Thomas was at best splitting time and mostly backing up Victor Johnson before the Waco native went down with a season-ending knee injury.&#160; The light has come on for Thomas- he&rsquo;s put in the extra video study and it has paid off.&#160; Head coach Mike Gundy says Thomas made the transition about a month ago and the Cowboy defense is reaping the rewards.&#160; His contributions include two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the past two games, with one TD.</p>The real test of how far Thomas has come?&#160; His interception of Baylor&rsquo;s Robert Griffin in the end zone.&#160; Thomas read the play, came off his man to help and made the pick.</p>Honest Johnny told me that&rsquo;s something he probably wouldn&rsquo;t have been able to do at the start of the season.</p>