How good of a tandem will the “Jordans” be? Jordan Thomas bypassed the NFL Draft and returned for his senior season. He was a First-Team All-Big 12 selection in 2016 and expectations are he will become one of the best cornerbacks in the country this season.
That will put the pressure on rising sophomore Jordan Parker, who, if Thomas becomes a lockdown corner, will be picked on often by opposing pass-happy Big 12 offenses. So how will Parker handle that workload? We were going to get a trial run in the Oklahoma spring game on Saturday, but Parker is officially out for the rest of spring with a foot injury. Parker played in 10 games last season and was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, so expectations are. But in the Big 12, you can never have too many defensive backs, especially conerbacks who can play solid man coverage.
Hopefully Parker will be alright, but now it gives us a look at some of the other guys in the mix at cornerback, most notably Parnell Motley, who was battling for the job with Parker. Also this will open up more reps on Saturday for redshirt sophomores PJ Mbanasor and Antoine Stephens.