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Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas headed to NFL

De'Anthony Thomas, Kwontie Moore AP

Oregon all-purpose dynamo De’Anthony Thomas joined the chorus of recent declarations for the draft on Sunday by announcing his decision to skip his senior year and head to the NFL.

“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 as perhaps the best all-purpose player in school history. His 5,345 career yards in just three years is third all-time for the Ducks. 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). This past season, he missed three games but still rushed for 594 yards and eight touchdowns.

He and cornerback Terrance Mitchell are one of two Duck juniors to declare for the draft so far.

Will Oregon miss Thomas that much? Probably not. While he was a very talented player, he displayed poor judgement in his words to the media at times. And while he made a ton of spectacular plays, his failure to make a very easy block on a defender on a Marcus Mariota run against Stanford in 2012 might’ve cost the Ducks a spot in the BCS title game.

The question now is, what position will Thomas play in the NFL? He’s very slight and not the kind of player who can take a pounding. His best bet for success is probably to serve as a wide receiver/return man and maybe carry the ball 3-5 times per game. As is often the case, his success will likely depend on where he ends up and how the team decides to use him.

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  1. meatcarroll says: Jan 5, 2014 9:26 PM

    He’s going to be worthless in the NFL like LaMichael James before him. Oregon and their obscene system of football is a joke.

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jan 5, 2014 9:43 PM

    James has carved out a nice return man role. He’s not beating out Frank Gore for carries. The Oregon system has won games (the goal in football).

    DAT really turned me off to him by his actions. Wasn’t he one of those who said he didn’t want to play in the Rose Bowl again? Then he was smiling while they were losing. He’s 3-5 round material, maybe.

  3. kezie says: Jan 5, 2014 10:18 PM

    future oakland raider lol

  4. duklover says: Jan 5, 2014 11:05 PM

    meatcarrol: You are an idiot!
    As for Thomas, good riddance, too bad is mouth runs as fast as he does.

  5. tttrojan4life says: Jan 5, 2014 11:07 PM

    He’s going to be worthless in the NFL like LaMichael James before him. Oregon and their obscene system of football is a joke.

    Absolutely right on the money. Stanford has completely exposed them. Punish them by ramming the ball down their throats, and then thoroughly beat them up on defense is a simple formula for beating that “system”, i.e play fast so you can catch the defense unprepared for the down.

    Cowardly football. It sickens me.

  6. thekatman says: Jan 5, 2014 11:42 PM

    DAT’s actions will ultimately get Oregon in NCAA trouble again. What kid from the ghetto in LA can afford a Rolex watch and a chunky gold chain? He wrote the watch in theOregon vs Texas bowl game. Where’d he get it and who gave it to him?

  7. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:29 AM

    You mean Thomas wasn’t at Oregon to pursue a degree? I’m shocked, SHOCKED, at such a revelation. With all the intelligent comments that spilled out of his mouth whenever he spoke, I just KNEW he’d be up for a Rhodes scholarship….


  8. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 6, 2014 2:06 AM

    Trojan lover…i forgot if you think the Ducks are cowardly cuz they beat your team or….

    Meat Carroll…obscene football…why are so many schools trying to emulate the ducks then?

    Whew, lots of duck haters…guess success does breed jealousy.

    Regarding DAT…he appeared to leave the Ducks about 3 months ago. Wish him well, but not sure he is ready physically or emotionally though.

  9. meatcarroll says: Jan 6, 2014 4:18 AM

    Success? What success? Lmao, nice zero national championships you jort wearing UO fanboys.

  10. longborer69 says: Jan 6, 2014 6:26 AM

    Since this thread has become about Oregon football for some people, and whether it is successful, I suppose the following questions could be asked:

    1. Which teams won more games than Oregon in the last five years?
    2. Which teams lost fewer games than Oregon in the last five years?
    3. How many lost fewer than Oregon last year?
    4. Of teams that lost only one game last year, how many had their only loss in overtime to a team that finished the year in the top ten?

    Questions for those who think Stanford “exposed” Oregon:
    1. How many controversial calls did it take for Stanford to even get into overtime against Oregon in 2012?
    2. How close was Oregon to blowing that game open?
    3. This year, are you too stupid to notice the difference between Marcus Mariota with a partially torn ligament and Marcus Mariota healthy? Watch the Washington game or the first half of the Alamo Bowl, then watch the Stanford game, and notice the difference when Oregon’s QB is and isn’t a running threat.

    And a special set of questions for our Trojans fan.
    1. Did you like playing in the Las Vegas Bowl this year?
    2. Going back to last year, would you rather play in the Fiesta Bowl (and win) or play in the Sun Bowl (and lose to a Ga Tech team that had been 7-5)?
    3. Going back another year (two of them, actually), would you rather play in the National Championship one year (losing by 3) and the Rose Bowl the next (winning), or sit at home?

    Oh, but that’s all post-sanctions, right? So we’ll go back another year.
    4. Going back another year, would you rather play in the Emerald Bowl or the Rose Bowl?

    Two more:
    5. What’s your team’s record against the Ducks in the last five years, and what’s the combined scores of those four games?
    6. Why did you recruit DAT and complain so much when he changed his mind and decided to go to Oregon, if the style he plays is so horrible?

    And finally, for the perfect 7th question for Trojan fans:
    7. How many schools were stupid enough, in the last five years, to hire Lane Kiffin as coach, and how many were smart enough to avoid that mistake? You can limit it to FBS schools for the second half of that question if it makes you feel better. You can even limit it to PAC-12 schools if you want, that makes the ratio only 11-1.

    Thomas seems to be a really nice kid, check out his basketball coaching and other stuff. He’s far different than just another idiot hood rat. I wish him all the best, but yes, it does seem he checked out this year after the Stanford loss. He was always going pro, and perhaps his family needs the money, I have no issue with that. So he wanted a national championship. I have no issue with that. But when life doesn’t go exactly according to your plan, you don’t check out, you make the best of it and press on. There, he seemed lacking. Too bad, hope he matures past it.

  11. thekatman says: Jan 6, 2014 10:14 AM

    Longborer69… Your attacking me dies nothing to prove other thsn it shows you csn read a google search. All I stated was that. Orgon will soon be under NCAA scrutiny again because DAT was waering a Rolex during the Texa game. Where’d that watch come from? Who gave it to him? You hsould ask, because he certainly didn’t buy it with his own money or family money.

    As for your chest puffing, how many National Championships does oreegon have? How many Heisman winners?

    With the Ohio State loss last week, the BCS comes to an end with USC as the winningest program, and you can take that to the bank.

  12. duklover says: Jan 6, 2014 12:00 PM

    true Oregon has no Heisman winners, but they haven’t had to give any back either.

  13. th56 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:28 PM

    tttrojan4life says:
    Jan 5, 2014 11:07 PM
    He’s going to be worthless in the NFL like LaMichael James before him. Oregon and their obscene system of football is a joke.

    Bitter USC fan. have fun with Sarkisian, as he is copying everything Oregon does.

  14. thekatman says: Jan 6, 2014 12:52 PM

    Who’s bitter th56? Seems you are for even bringing up something that is non-existent.
    I have not posted anything bitter, just stating a fact that DAT may have seriously put Oregon in NCAA violations trouble. We shall see what develops or not.

    As for giving back the Heisman trophy, that was not USC giving it back. That was Reggie Bush. At least he has one to give back. It is still counted. You guys are funny. Perhaps you should start up your comedy routine at the Oregon Student Union.

  15. th56 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:13 PM

    thekatman says:
    Jan 6, 2014 12:52 PM

    This was aimed at tttrojan4life which I thought was clearly quoted. You realize that replies don’t come back in order in this discussions, you need to see who the reply is to.

  16. tombstone7 says: Jan 6, 2014 3:57 PM

    Oregon football got Philly the NFC East and the Division Championship.

    LaMichael and DAT will always have a place on any NFL roster….speed kill!

  17. th56 says: Jan 6, 2014 4:01 PM

    thekatman says:
    Jan 5, 2014 11:42 PM
    DAT’s actions will ultimately get Oregon in NCAA trouble again. What kid from the ghetto in LA can afford a Rolex watch and a chunky gold chain? He wrote the watch in theOregon vs Texas bowl game. Where’d he get it and who gave it to him?


    The right thing for him to do would have been to return the watch after he flipped from USC to Oregon.

  18. tttrojan4life says: Jan 6, 2014 7:33 PM

    This thread is a great example of straw man, ad hominems, and poor reading comprehension.

    I didn’t say that Oregon was not successful. I said that they play an abhorrent brand of football.

    Longboard’s dissertation-response on OU’s success is so far off topic it’s kind of funny.

  19. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 6, 2014 7:36 PM

    Trojan….abhorent to you. There are indeed, old school folks, who do not like the fast pace. But there are plenty of others who like it, who think it adds to the game. To each his own.

  20. tttrojan4life says: Jan 6, 2014 10:34 PM

    Crazy football fan- try and focus on reading. I am not arguing that all people dislike or even like their brand of football. I said it is a cowardly brand of football.

  21. longborer69 says: Jan 7, 2014 10:20 AM

    @katman, I wasn’t answering you. I said nothing in response to what you said about DAT and his watch. I have no clue what watch he was wearing or where he got it, and when, and how. I certainly wasn’t attacking you. If DAT cheated, I’m sure someone will find out.

    And I didn’t even know you were a USC fan, but since you are, you have my sympathy. Kiffin, now 7-win Sark. Wish you guys would get better so our wins over you count for more in the eyes of the playoff selection committee.

    I was responding to meatcarroll who said Oregon has had no success, and to tttrojan4life, who seems a particularly dumb kind of trojan fan.

    @ttrojan4life. Funny you should talk about reading comprehension, and say, “I didn’t say Oregon was not successful.” The idiot right above my post did say that. If you could read, you might know that.

    It always cracks me up when people talk about reading comprehension and they didn’t read well, and call me longboard when I’m obviously longborer because I’m a boring guy.

    But then, maybe I’m the only one who finds that kind of thing funny. When you are boring, that happens.

    But at least my team isn’t boring. Well, yours isn’t either. You hired Kiffin, which was highly entertaining.

    See you on the field next year, where our cowardly guys will run around and through yours rather than letting your guys tackle them. Kind of like Marqise Lee did at times this year. Cowardly.

    What a dumb argument.

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