Oregon Ducks’ Running back De’Anthony Thomas is ready to enter the NFL draft.
The 21 year-old player had 594 rushing yards, 246 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns this season even while being sidelined for nearly four games because of a right ankle injury.
Thomas also impressed YouWager bettors as a returner, running back four kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns in his three seasons in Oregon.
“I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL,” Thomas stated. “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.”
The California native’s 5,345 total yards are third in school history after LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner. He holds the Ducks records for kickoff return yards with 1,885 and his 17.1 punt return average.
The junior ran for two touchdowns in the Rose Bowl win versus the Wisconsin Badgers after the 2011 season. The following college football season in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl victory versus the Kansas State Wildcats, he ran the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
“De’Anthony has been a spectacular talent in college football and has been a part of some of the most memorable plays in the history of the University of Oregon,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. “We wish him success going forward with his career.”
Thomas also ran track for Oregon, anchoring their 4×100-meter relay team. He joins cornerback Terrance Mitchell as early entries to the NFL draft. Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is still undecided about the draft.