Ducks' De'Anthony Thomas declares for the draft

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 5, 2014 at 10:59 pm •  Published: January 5, 2014
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — 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.

"I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL," he said in a prepared statement released by the school. "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."

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.

Thomas established a reputation as a dual threat last season, running for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns and catching 45 passes for 445 yards and five more scores. He also scored on a kickoff return and a punt return. He was the first Oregon player in 47 years with a touchdown four different ways.

This season he led the Ducks with 338 yards rushing and six touchdowns through the first three games this past season, but he injured his right ankle when he slipped on the opening kickoff of Oregon's victory over California on Sept. 28. He missed the next three games.

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