Thomas enters a five-man battle at the position, where seniors Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant already have the upper-hand following spring practice. What helps Thomas, and fellow freshman Kamryn Pettway and redshirt freshman Peyton Barber, is that the door of opportunity is wide open at Auburn.
Auburn's concussion management policy, released to AL.com in an open-records request Tuesday, explained by Auburn team physician Dr. Goodlett in an interview and subsequently published to the school's website, is much more thorough than the NCAA guidelines on concussions released two weeks ago.
When guard Chris Snee retired on Monday after 10 seasons with the New York Giants, it opened a spot on the roster for former Auburn offensive lineman John Sullen. Sullen signed with the Giants in time for their first practice of training camp on Tuesday.
When Chris Snee retired on Monday after a decade in the New York Giants' offensive line, New York coach Tom Coughlin said former Auburn offensive tackle Brandon Mosley would get the first shot at filling Snee's spot at right guard.
08/30 vs. Arkansas 09/06 vs. San Jose State 09/13 -- Open Date -- 09/18 @ Kansas State 09/27 vs. Louisiana Tech 10/04 vs. LSU 10/11 @ Mississippi State 10/18 -- Open Date -- 10/25 vs. South Carolina 11/01@ Ole Miss 11/08 vs. Texas A&M 11/15 @ Georgia 11/22 vs. Samford 11/29 @ Alabama