One of 16 finalists for the 2011 Davey O'Brien Award ... Ranks No. 7 nationally in passing efficiency rating (162.77) ... Ranks fifth all-time at UO in touchdown passes (51), ninth in passing yards (4,529) and tenth in total offense (5,150) ... Played the first half vs. Washington State, passing for 153 yards (8 of 13) with a touchdown and two interceptions after being sidelined at Colorado ... Was 13 of 17 for 187 yards, two touchdowns and one interception before leaving with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter of UO's win vs. Arizona State ... Completed 13 of 25 pass attempts for 198 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in win vs. Cal ... Was 5 of 6 with all three scores after halftime against the Golden Bears ... Accounted for four TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) in win at Arizona, completing 11 of 20 passes for 101 yards and rushing 10 times for 52 yards ... Went 11 of 15 for 206 yards and three scores in win vs. Missouri State ... Honorable mention Davey O'Brien quarterback of the week after tying the school record with six touchdown passes vs. Nevada, while amassing 295 passing yards on just 19 attempts (13 completions) ... Set career marks with 31 completions and 54 attempts (240 yards, TD, INT) in loss vs. LSU ... Clocked a time of 4.15 seconds in the shuttle to tie for the lead among quarterbacks and kickers during winter conditioning ... hit 15 of 21 passes for 129 yards in a 16-0 win for the Green Team in the spring game.
Co-recipient of the Skeie's Award as the team's most outstanding player ... Second-team all-Pac-10 as chosen by the conference coaches, Phil Steele, Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Second among conference quarterbacks and 17th nationally in passing efficiency (150.70) ... Second in the Pac-10 and tied for 11th nationally with 30 touchdowns - the second-most in team history ... Second in the conference and 13th in the NCAA in points responsible for at 16.46 per game ... Was on the watch list for the Manning Award and one of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award ... 2,881 passing yards ranks fifth and 3,349 yards of total offense ranks second in a single season at UO ... Set individual single-game highs of 363 yards, 27 completions and 40 attempts in BCS Championship Game vs. Auburn ... Tossed a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions vs. the Tigers as well as an 81-yard completion to Jeff Maehl which set the mark as the longest in BCS Championship Game history ... Had nearly identical lines over the final two regular season games, completing 14 of 24 attempts against both Arizona and Oregon State ... Passed for 148 yards and three scores (1 INT) in win vs. the Wildcats, and 145 yards and a pair of TDs against the Beavers ... Also rushed six times for 62 yards vs. Arizona ... Went 15 of 29 and held to 155 passing yards in win at Cal, but threw a touchdown pass for the tenth straight game ... Rushed for 34 yards on 16 carries vs. the Golden Bears, highlighted by a 7-yard scamper on 3rd and 6 with 4:26 on the clock during UO's game-ending drive.
Tossed a career-high 24 completions in 33 attempts for 243 yards and a touchdown; carried 12 times for 89 yards and two TDs in win vs. Washington ... Matched his career mark with four touchdown passes in win at USC, completing 19 of 32 attempts for 288 yards ... Totaled 330 yards against the Trojans, thanks to 42 rushing yards on eight carries ... Completed 22 of 31 attempts for a career-high 308 yards to go with three touchdowns in win vs. UCLA ... Also rushed five times for 48 yards against the Bruins ... Completed 9 of 13 passes for 171 yards, including a career-long 84-yard touchdown pass in win at Washington State ... Piloted the victory over then-No. 9 Stanford, completing 20 passes (29 attempts) for 238 yards and three touchdowns, while adding a career-best 117 rushing yards and another score ... Earned weekly honorable mention from both the Davey O'Brien and Manning quarterback awards for his efforts vs. the Cardinal ... Had a breakout passing performance in Tempe, throwing for 260 yards and completing 19 of 33 attempts ... Also tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for another at ASU, netting 50 rushing yards on eight carries ... Made the most of his first career start on the road, completing 17 of 32 passes for 202 yards and 2 TDs in 48-13 win at Tennessee.
Tossed a career single-game high four touchdowns the following week against Portland State (all in the first half) while completing nine of 18 passes for 140 yards ... Also added 50 yards rushing vs. the Vikings, including a career-long 35-yard scamper ... Successful in his debut as the starter, leading Oregon to a 72-0 win over New Mexico ... Completed 13 of 23 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns in less than one half of the season opener ... Remained at the helm to engineer a 42-0 advantage with 8:51 remaining in the second quarter ... Led all quarterbacks during winter workouts with a 31.5 vertical jump, and shared top honors among players at his position with a 275-lb. clean.
Successfully redshirted his second season, preserving three years of eligibility ... Was on the travel squad and in uniform for all 13 contests ... Member of Oregon Iron Club, totaling 1,026 pounds in the power clean, squat and bench press during winter testing ... Fastest quarterback in the 20-yard dash, clocking an electric 2.85 ... One of three players to earn the Oregon Elite distinction by the strength & conditioning staff for overall performance in the weight room and in speed and agility drills.
Pulled out of a potential redshirt year in the second half of the fourth game of the season and came close to overcoming a 24-point fourth-quarter deficit, completing 13 of 25 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes of a 37-32 setback against Boise State ... His three TDs and 210 yards against the Broncos were the most ever by a UO freshman quarterback in a debut and he became the first Oregon signal-caller in 11 seasons to throw a touchdown in his inaugural appearance ... Connected on three of eight pass attempts for 58 yards in his final four outings, including a 35-yard option pass in the win at Oregon State ... Rushed six times for 24 yards and a touchdown at Washington State ... Graduated early from high school and enrolled at Oregon as a 17-year-old student during the winter quarter.
Claimed four-star accolades from Rivals.com as the sixth-best player at his position in the country, as well as included on the Scout.com Texas Top 100 ledger (32nd) as one of the state's top prospects ... The PrepStar All-American and dual-threat athlete completed 148 of 249 passes (59.8%) for 2,576 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior year, in addition to rushing for more than 900 yards ... Contributed 905 passing yards (77-141) and six TDs in 2006, while adding 499 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
Born Darron Varnell Thomas in Houston. Parents: Latina Thomas and Darren Waters. Family: One sister. High School (Coach): Aldine (Bob Jones) 2007. Major: Pre-Business Administration.
- One underclass quarterback who did opt for the 2012 draft, but about whom scouts concede they must conduct plenty of due diligence, is Darron Thomas of Oregon. Thomas has very good size (estimated at 6-feet-3, 215 pounds), is regarded as a real leader, and compiled a 23-3 record as a starter for the Ducks. But he primarily played in a "spread" offense, didn't always exhibit the best judgment in the passing game, and lacked some accuracy, despite a strong arm. The decisions of some other underclass prospects to remain in school, along with a lack of senior standouts at the position, could elevate Thomas, perhaps to as high as the third or fourth round. But the truth is that many scouts, while they have seen Thomas play, didn't expect him to be in the draft. Those scouts aren't exactly starting at "square one" in their evaluations of him, but want to assess him more now as an immediate prospect, not a future one. Expect much "pitching" of Thomas, too, to emanate from his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, before the draft. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
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