Thomas leaves Oregon in the conversation as the best all-purpose player in school history. His 5,345 career yards trail only all-time greats LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, with whom Thomas teamed in the Ducks' most recent Pac-12 championship season of 2011. 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).
Also a standout member of the UO track and field team, Thomas anchored the 4x100-meter relay that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championships and ran the sixth-fastest time in school history, 39.89 seconds. From the time he surprised hometown fans in his native Los Angeles by spurning USC for Oregon, Thomas has been one of the Ducks' most beloved players. With his bright smile and fast feet, the kid known as "DAT" was a quick fan favorite.
Thomas' junior campaign this past fall was derailed by an ankle injury in the opening moments of conference play, a kickoff return against California, costing Thomas three games. What resulted was the lowest statistical output of his career, in a year Thomas had hoped to inherit the responsibility of being Oregon's primary back from his predecessors James and Barner.
Thomas' bid for three BCS appearances in his three collegiate seasons ended with a defeat at Arizona in November. But no Duck played harder that day than Thomas, who overcame an early drop to lead the team in both rushing and receiving, with a spectacular one-handed catch to add to his highlight reel. Thomas' final appearance was in the Ducks' Alamo Bowl win over Texas, in which he had six touches for 62 all-purpose yards.
Named to watch lists for Walter Camp Award (player of the year), Maxwell Award (player of the year) and Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player) ... Compiled 122 rushing yards and three touchdowns and also returned two kickoffs for 61 yards in win at Oregon State ... Ran for 43 yards and a touchdown on seven attempts and also ran back two kickoffs for 26 yards in loss vs. Stanford ... Led the team with eight receptions for 101 yards and also rushed for 13 yards and ran back one kickoff for 26 yards in victory at California ... Caught five passes for 59 yards and one TD and ran back three kickoffs for 68 yards in win at USC ... Carried the ball five times for 97 yards and one touchdown and ran back a punt for a 73-yard touchdown in victory over Colorado ... Caught three passes, ran for 25 yards and made one solo tackle in win at Arizona State ... Tied for a team-high 122 all-purpose yards (75 yards rush, 12 rec, 35 kick ret) and ran for a touchdown in win vs. Washington ... Carried the ball 26 times for one touchdown and caught the ball six times for 28 yards in victory vs. Washington State...Also ran back four kickoffs for 53 yards and two punts for 19 yards vs. the Cougars ... Returned one punt for 38 yards and rushed for 48 yards on 12 attempts in win over Arizona.
Had a pair of receptions for 11 yards against the Wildcats ... Game-high 222 all-purpose yards, including 62 yards rushing on three carries and one touchdown and also caught three passes for 73 yards and one touchdown in win vs. Tennessee Tech ... Also ran back four punts for 87 yards against the Golden Eagles ... Carried the ball seven times for 102 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard scamper for a TD ... Also caught four passes for 26 yards and made one unassisted tackle against the Bulldogs ... Rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown on three attempts and also caught four passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns in win over Arkansas State.
Pac-12 co-offensive freshman of the year ... All-Pac-12 first team kick returner (Pac-12 coaches, Phil Steele)... Shared team's most outstanding player honor with senior tight end David Paulson ... Freshman All-American (Sporting News) and all-freshman first team according to Phil Steele ... Ranks 11th nationally in all-purpose yards (147.8 yards per game) ... Only player in the nation with 400 or more yards rushing, receiving and kick returning ... Ranks second (15th) in kickoff return yards (983), seventh in all-purpose yards (2,235) and ninth (22nd) in scoring (110) in a single season at UO ... Appeared in all 14 games starting six ... Team's second leading receiver with 46 receptions for 605 yards and nine touchdowns ... Third-leading rusher with 608 yards on 55 carries with seven scores ... Team-high 314 all-purpose yards, carrying the ball twice for 155 yards and two scores, including a 91 yard scamper and caught four passes for 34 yards in win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl... Also ran back five kickoffs for 125 yards vs. Wisconsin... Caught two passes for 13 yards before leaving the game due to injury in the first quarter of the Pac-12 Championship Game vs. UCLA ... Finished with a game-high 197 yards (71 yards rush, 86 rec, 40 kick ret) and caught one pass for a TD vs. Oregon State.
Team-high 214 all-purpose yards, including 162 yards on three kick returns and caught three passes for 49 yards and one TD vs. USC ... Had a 96-yard kick return for a touchdown, tying for the seventh-longest kick return in school history vs. the Trojans, earning CFPA National Kick Returner of the Week ... Caught a 41-yard pass for a TD and ran back four kickoffs for 83 yards, finishing with 141 all-purpose yards and had one solo tackle in win at Stanford ... Made the most of his only rush with a 9-yard TD and also had 85 yards on a pair of kick returns, including a 69-yarder in victory at Washington ... Two grabs for 54 yards, including a 45-yard TD and also had 182 yards on five kick returns, including a 93-yarder for a TD, totaling a career-high and game-high 262 all-purpose yards vs. Washington State ... His efforts vs. Washington State earned him CFPA National Kick Returner of the Week and MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Player of the Week ... Caught a pair of passes for 18 yards and a TD and ran four times for 50 yards in victory at Colorado ... Seven carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns to go with 106 yards on five kick returns vs. Arizona State.
Had a career-best three touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving, and a career-high 114 receiving yards vs. Cal ... Also had two kick returns for 37 yards in win vs. the Golden Bears ... Made one grab for 19 yards and ran back two kicks returns for 45 yards in win at Arizona ... Carried the ball 10 times for 67 yards, caught two passes for 13 yards, ran back one kickoff for 35 yards and returned two punts for 54 yards, totaling 169 all-purpose yards in win vs. Missouri State ... Made the most of his two grabs, both for touchdowns, including a career-best 69-yarder and had a team-high 81 rushing yards on eight carries vs. Nevada ... Returned a trio of kickoffs for 30 total yards in win over the Wolf Pack ... Caught six passes for 47 yards, ran back two kickoffs for 53 yards and totaled 22 yards on four carries, including his first touchdown as a collegian on a 4-yard run in loss against LSU.
Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game ... A five-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com. while garnering four stars form ESPN ... Considered the No. 1 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com and ESPN, and the No. 1 cornerback prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... Rated as the No. 2 athlete by Tom Lemming of CBS College Sports ... No. 5 player on the PrepStar Magazine "Dream Team" ... Helped lead Crenshaw High School to 12 consecutive wins to end the season, including the CIF Los Angeles Section state title in 2010 ... Rushed for 1,299 yards on just 114 carries (11.4 yards per carry) with 18 touchdowns, and made 16 catches for 359 yards (22.4 avg.) and four scores as a senior ... On defense, made 42 tackles and had five interceptions totaling 122 return yards in 2010 ... Named MVP by the City Section coaches, All-City first-team on defense and City Section Player of the Year ... Winner of the Glenn Davis Award, presented by the Los Angeles Times to best high school player in the Los Angeles area ... Rushed 81 times for 902 yards (11.1 avg.) and 12 touchdowns as a junior ... Added 11 receptions for 204 yards (18.6 avg.) and three more scores for the Cougars, who had an unblemished 14-0 mark before falling in the CIF Los Angeles Section championship game ... Made 60 tackles, had four sacks and three forced fumbles on defense in 2009 ... A standout track star, he ran the fastest 200 meters by a prep in the nation last spring, clocking 20.61 seconds ... Won the 100 meters at the CIF Los Angeles Section meet with a time of 10.57 seconds ... Has a personal best of 50.10 seconds in the 400 meters.
Born DeAnthony Marquies Thomas in Los Angeles, Calif. Parents: Anthony Thomas and Gaylian Dupree. Family: Four brothers. High School (Coach): Crenshaw (Robert Garett), 2011. Major: Communication.
- 2014 Pro Days: De'Anthony Thomas clocked at 4.34 at Oregon workout...De'Anthony Thomas put to bed any concerns about his straight-line speed during Oregon's Pro Day, clocking in at 4.38 and 4.34 according to the hand-held times of one long-time league scout attending Thursday's workout. The times were more in tune with the explosive speed Thomas had demonstrated throughout his three seasons with the Ducks and significantly faster than the 4.50 he was credited with at the Scouting Combine. Thomas' best time would have ranked behind only Kent State's Dri Archer and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks for fastest recorded in Indianapolis this year.
Just like Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders yesterday, Thomas proved faster than quick when changing directions, recording less impressive times in the short shuttle (4.23 seconds), long shuttle (11.46 seconds) and 3-cone drill (6.95 seconds) in the 3-cone drill. He did show improvement in the bench press, lifting the bar 10 times on Thursday (as opposed to eight times in Indianapolis) and had a 10'3" broad jump, according to the Ducks' official athletic website.
According to the report at GoDucks.com, Thomas showed "explosive burst and quick cuts" while running seven routes and didn't drop a pass. The ability to offer playmaking ability at running back, receiver and returner is Thomas' greatest asset. At 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, he doesn't possess the bulk to handle more than 5-10 touches a game but few enjoyed greater success than Thomas, whose serpentine-like manueverability in the open field earned him the affectionate nickname DAT. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com