Most teams aren't willing to acknowledge they've become a finesse team. The connotation means the ability to win through brute force is absent.
When a team flounders trying to convert a third-and-1, the proof is there.
OU had the problem two seasons ago and a couple seasons leading up to it. Base an offense off throwing to small receivers and it removes the brutish mentality.
Re-acquiring it was the goal as OU wrapped up the 2013 recruiting class and has continued since.
The Oklahoma freshman is the baseball-playing quarterback or the football-playing outfielder, depending on your vantage point. No matter how you see it, though, this has been an interesting spring for Thomas, who's vying for the backup quarterback job while trying to bust into the outfield rotation.
His two-sport spring culminates next weekend with football's Red-White Game smack in the middle of baseball's three-game series against Red River rival Texas.
"I was pretty busy in high school," Thomas said of balancing football and baseball at Heritage in Colleyville, Texas, "but this is college level and it's a whole other deal.
How the Sooners won: Despite lower than normal scores toward the beginning of the meet, Oklahoma never lost focus. The Sooners positioned themselves as the meet continued and sealed the deal with an incredible vault performance which will surely bode well for the Sooners as they head to the NCAA National Championships.