An ongoing discussion in the Pacific Northwest: Should De’Anthony Thomas‘ days as a running back be over, and should the Ducks move the explosive playmaker to wide receiver?
Thomas returned from an ankle injury Saturday against UCLA and only gained 31 yards on 10 carries, struggling to break loose against a stout Bruins defensive front. They’ll face a similarly-strong defense Nov. 7 against Stanford in Palo Alto — the same defense that held the Ducks to 14 points in their only loss of 2012.
Thomas rushed six times for 43 yards in that loss, but Kenjon Barner only picked up 66 yards on 21 carries.
With all this in mind, coupled with Thomas’ likely NFL projection as a wide receiver, should Oregon move him there for the rest of the season? CSN Northwest Oregon beat writer Aaron Fentress offered his take as to why it would make sense: