It seemed in August that the coaching staff were heaping praise on Thomas (Mattison heaps praise on Dymonte Thomas), and he looked very athletic in his small amount of PT early in the season.
Did he sustain an injury? Have the coaches cooled on him? Does Hoke just prefer to play upperclassmen because "it's what he's comfortable with?" (like the pre-cambrian punt formation).
Apologies if this has been covered in the past, I haven't been able to keep up with this stuff as much as I used to.