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03/26/14 - 2014 Pro Days: De'Anthony Thomas clocked at 4.34 at Oregon workout...De'Anthony Thomas put to bed any concerns about his straight-line speed during Oregon's Pro Day, clocking in at 4.38 and 4.34 according to the hand-held times of one long-time league scout attending Thursday's workout. The times were more in tune with the explosive speed Thomas had demonstrated throughout his three seasons with the Ducks and significantly faster than the 4.50 he was credited with at the Scouting Combine. Thomas' best time would have ranked behind only Kent State's Dri Archer and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks for fastest recorded in Indianapolis this year.
Just like Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders yesterday, Thomas proved faster than quick when changing directions, recording less impressive times in the short shuttle (4.23 seconds), long shuttle (11.46 seconds) and 3-cone drill (6.95 seconds) in the 3-cone drill. He did show improvement in the bench press, lifting the bar 10 times on Thursday (as opposed to eight times in Indianapolis) and had a 10'3" broad jump, according to the Ducks' official athletic website.
According to the report at GoDucks.com, Thomas showed "explosive burst and quick cuts" while running seven routes and didn't drop a pass. The ability to offer playmaking ability at running back, receiver and returner is Thomas' greatest asset. At 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, he doesn't possess the bulk to handle more than 5-10 touches a game but few enjoyed greater success than Thomas, whose serpentine-like manueverability in the open field earned him the affectionate nickname DAT. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 2 Pro Day takeaways...De'Anthony Thomas' redemption...Going into the combine, when I was asked who the top 40-yard dash result would be, I debated between Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas and Kent State's Dri Archer. Most times I answered Thomas. And was obviously I was wrong as Archer blazed a 4.26 and Thomas ran a disappointing 4.50. But Thomas redeemed himself on Thursday in Eugene, clocking a 4.38 and 4.34 in his 40-yard dashes according to one long-time NFL scout at Oregon's Pro Day. His other results were good, not great, including a 6.95 3-cone drill and 4.23 shot shuttle, but boosting his straight-line speed numbers were important for a player known as a track athlete. Thomas is a little bit of an enigma due to his lack of a natural position in the NFL, but he should make an impact on special teams right away while attempting to find a home on offense. And with 4.34 speed, he'll get a chance at cornerback or another position before he's without a job in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/06/14 - Few were as statistically productive, and there’s been no more electrifying player in recent Oregon football history than De’Anthony Thomas. From his two touchdowns on two rushes in the 2012 Rose Bowl to the tone-setting kickoff return in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, Thomas had a knack for big moments on the biggest stages. His next big stage will be an NFL stadium, as Thomas has decided to make himself available for this year’s professional draft as a junior. "I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL," Thomas said in a prepared statement Sunday. "I want to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to the University and all of my teammates, coaches and fans. I look forward to staying connected to the University and visiting the sidelines as often as possible."
Thomas leaves Oregon in the conversation as the best all-purpose player in school history. His 5,345 career yards trail only all-time greats LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, with whom Thomas teamed in the Ducks' most recent Pac-12 championship season of 2011. Thomas holds Oregon records for kickoff return yards (1,885) and punt return average (17.1), and he's fourth in career scoring (278 points). Also a standout member of the UO track and field team, Thomas anchored the 4x100-meter relay that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championships and ran the sixth-fastest time in school history, 39.89 seconds.
From the time he surprised hometown fans in his native Los Angeles by spurning USC for Oregon, Thomas has been one of the Ducks’ most beloved players. With his bright smile and fast feet, the kid known as “DAT” was a quick fan favorite. "De'Anthony has been a spectacular talent in college football and has been a part of some of the most memorable plays in the history of the University of Oregon," UO coach Mark Helfrich said. "We wish him success going forward with his career." - Oregon football
01/05/14 - Versatile Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Thomas announced the decision on Sunday via GoDucks.com, the school's athletic website. Known for his speed, Thomas finishes his college career with 5,345 career all-purpose yards, trailing only LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner on Oregon's career list. Thomas holds Duck records for kickoff return yards with 1,885 and a 17.1-yard punt return average. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Los Angeles native ran for two touchdowns in the 2012 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The next season in the Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, he ran the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. This season he was sidelined for nearly four games because of a right ankle injury. - AP Sports
10/02/13 - Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas is unlikely to play against Colorado this weekend after emerging from practice wearing a boot on his injured right ankle. Running backs coach Gary Campbell told reporters on Tuesday that the speedy junior's return is "not going to happen" when the No. 2 Ducks (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) visit Colorado (2-1, 0-0) on Saturday. Thomas was injured on the opening kickoff of second-ranked Oregon's 55-16 victory over California on Saturday night, slipping on turf that was slick from a driving rain. Thomas has rushed for 338 yards rushing and six touchdowns this season. He also has 485 all-purpose yards through three games. - AP Sports