Data Scout Notes: 2013: NA...Coming off 09-28-13 Ankle INJ...PWCamp/PDoak/PMaxwell/PHornung/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang/TSX-PTW/PJet...2012: HMC-KR...PWCamp/PMaxwell...2011: Co-OROYC/1stC-KR
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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
10/01/13 - Oregon's all-purpose star De'Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 27 yards and left the game with an ankle injury and did not return. "It was slippery out there and I tried to make a move and slipped," Thomas said. "I think I just rolled it." Thomas was averaging more than 112 yards rushing per game, but that average slipped to 84.5 after he played against the Bears but didn't get a carry. Thomas said his ankle was "pretty sore" after the game and he could not have returned even if Oregon needed him in the blowout. "I just have to get back on Sunday and see what's going on," Thomas said. "Stay positive and keep working hard." Thomas said he was unsure if he would be back to face Colorado on Saturday. He was unsure if the ankle was sprained or not and Oregon does not give out injury updates. "Not really sure," Thomas said. "We'll see throughout the week." - The Sports Xchange
09/29/13 - Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas appeared to hurt his lower right leg returning the opening kickoff against California on Saturday night. Thomas grasped his lower leg before he was helped off the field. Later he was seen on the sidelines without his helmet.
The speedy junior, who runs on the track team, leads the second-ranked Ducks with 338 yards rushing and six touchdowns. He has 485 all-purpose yards through Oregon's first three games. Last season he ran for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 45 passes for 445 yards and five more scores. He scored on a kickoff return and a punt return. He was the first Oregon player in 47 years with a touchdown four different ways. - AP Sports