Oregon junior running back De’Anthony Thomas will miss Saturday’s game with Colorado due to an ankle injury suffered against California, Comcast Sportsnet Northwest reported on Tuesday.
Thomas hurt his right ankle on the opening kickoff of the game against the Bears and he did not return as the Ducks romped in the rain, 55-16. He was on crutches during the second half.
“I was just trying to make a move and it was slippery out there,” he said of the injury.
Despite missing most of the Cal game, Thomas remains Oregon’s top rusher on the season with 338 yards. He also leads the Ducks with six touchdowns.
But Oregon should be fine without him against Colorado. The Ducks are favored by 38.5 points and have more than enough depth at running back to get by. Look for sophomore Byron Marshall to carry the load and for freshman phenom Thomas Tyner to get a lot of looks as well.
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.