In 2000, J.T. Thatcher was surrounded by young talent as the lone senior in the Oklahoma Sooners' secondary. The defensive back was able to set himself apart on a defensive that gave up a mere 15.3 points per game. Thatcher's talents extended beyond the realm of defense and into special teams as an electric return man.
Ranking ninth nationally in punt return average, Thatcher was tabbed as an All-American at two positons, defensive back and punt returner.
Although Thatcher was recognized as a highly skilled punt returner, his biggest return may have come on a kickoff against the second-ranked Kansas State Wildcats. Hoping to stay undefeated against a legitmate Big XII Title contender, Thatcher returned a kickoff 93 yards. The effort set up the go-ahead touchdown as Oklahoma defeated the Wildcats 41-31.
The Sooners would eventual face KSU once again with more than the Big XII Championship on the line. A loss would likely push Oklahoma outside of the National Championship picture...but we are all witnesses to how that played out.