Oklahoma senior defensive end Isaiah Thomas has opted out of the Valero Alamo Bowl and declared for the 2022 NFL Draft. Thomas is the fourth Oklahoma player to opt out of the bowl game, joining fellow defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey and linebackers Brian Asamoah and Nik Bonitto.
Thomas was Oklahoma’s sack leader in 2021 with eight one season while also recording 38 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss. Those numbers helped him to a second-team All-Big 12 selection for the second consecutive year.
Here is Thomas’ annoucement on Friday via Twitter:
Thomas, a product of Tulsa Memorial high school, spent five seasons in the Crimson and Cream, and was elected as a captain for the 2021 team. As a member of the 2017 class, Thomas was listed as a four-star recruit and the fourth best player in the state of Oklahoma.
With action in four seasons, Thomas recorded 19.5 sacks, 26.5 TFLs, and four forced fumbles. Oklahoma will turn to guys like Marcus Stripling and Reggie Grimes for production in the wake of Thomas’ depature.
Oklahoma takes on Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 29th, in San Antonio, Texas.