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Report: De’Anthony Thomas could play some defense for Ducks

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The talk leading into USC’s game Saturday was that Marqise Lee could see action on the defensive side of the ball, and the star wide receiver did just that, albeit for just a single play at safety.

A couple of days later, another electrifying Pac-12 offensive player could be forced into a similar situation.

Citing a football program source, the Oregonian is reporting that it’s possible running back De’Anthony Thomas will see playing time at cornerback for No. 1 Oregon in this weekend’s game against Stanford.  The reason behind the move would come down to one issue: injury attrition.

As Ben noted earlier, starting safety Avery Patterson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the win over Cal Saturday.  The Oregonian points out that the Ducks have just two healthy cornerbacks with any type of experience as a pair of backups are dealing with injury issues as well.

Enter Thomas, who was the top-rated cornerback in the class of 2011 along with being the nation’s No. 1 “athlete” in that class.  Prior to the bowl game, Thomas practiced with the defense although he has yet to appear in a game on that side of the ball.  That could change this weekend, although UO remained tight-lipped on the situation in the secondary.

“That’s hard back there, but obviously we’re going to try to get somebody ready,” defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said following Monday’s practice.

“We’re getting thinner, but we’ll find a way to make this work.”

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4 Responses to “Report: De’Anthony Thomas could play some defense for Ducks”
  1. jintzforever says: Nov 12, 2012 10:25 PM

    Lets see the Black Mamba show his versatility……

  2. secucks says: Nov 13, 2012 12:05 AM

    DAT may be fast but he’s small and light. Another Oregon defensive injury just waiting to happen.

  3. v2the4 says: Nov 13, 2012 11:25 AM

    DAT was a hell of a two way player at Crenshaw High in LA…Layne Kiffin wanted him to play cornerback at USC, thats what led to him signing with Oregon last year. DAT may be small (5’10” 175 pds), but I dont think he will be counted on to make mass tackles, he will be a cover corner…he probably wont have to worry about it this weekend vs Stanford as their Wr corp is just awful, but Oregon St has good receivers, led by Kenny Wheaton, and of course, if they meet back up with USC in the pac 12 title game, we know what the trojans have.

    I wonder how this will take away from his offensive production? have you noticed his carries have dropped off lately, but is catching a ton of passes out of the backfield? Oregon has so many weapons in the backfield and the receiving corps that it probably doesnt even matter

    I would love to see the black mamba out there at corner, and catch an would be like a punt or kickoff return for him…..

  4. thraiderskin says: Nov 13, 2012 1:49 PM

    Now that is some talent… To take a guy who is an excellent RB and knowing he could go and line up across from a WR, that is just “old school” to me.

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