2017 NFL Draft

Darron Thomas, QB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 220 lbs.
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02/13/2012 - 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

01/16/2012 - Oregon coach Chip Kelly met with Darron Thomas on Saturday in a last-ditch effort to convince the quarterback to stay in school, the last of what were several attempts by the UO staff in recent days to keep Thomas in Eugene for the 2012 season, sources told The Register-Guard. Thomas announced later Saturday that he would pass up his senior season and enter April's NFL draft. He then signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus to cement his decision to leave school. A source close to the program said some teammates were "shocked" at the decision made by Thomas, who said in a December interview that he would be returning for his third season as the Ducks' starting quarterback in 2012. Bob Jones, who coached Thomas at Aldine High School in Houston and remains a close confidant, said Thomas changed his mind in part after looking at the other second-tier quarterbacks available in the NFL draft, against whom Thomas believes he stacks up well. At best, draft analysts project Thomas as a fifth-round selection. Some say he might not be drafted at all, but Jones said that didn't deter Thomas, who was 23-3 as Oregon's starting quarterback and threw a school-record 66 touchdown passes in 31 games. - Adam Jude, The Register-Guard

01/14/2012 - Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas says he's skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Thomas made the announcement Saturday night. He follows Oregon running back LaMichael James, who announced last week that he would also skip his final year of eligibility. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior passed for 2,761 yards and a school-record 33 touchdowns this past season. He threw only seven interceptions. He had 66 touchdown passes in 31 games with the Ducks. - AP Sports

01/02/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Darron Thomas is 22-3 as Oregon's starting quarterback in the past two seasons, but has come under scrutiny this season. His back-up, Bryan Bennett, played well in wins over Arizona State and Colorado when Thomas was injured and even when Thomas returned the following week, he was benched in the second half against Washington State. However, Thomas has been the starter for the past five games and coach Chip Kelly said, "I don't want anybody else to run this football team." Thomas threw three touchdown passes in the Pac-12 title win over UCLA to set the school record with 63 touchdown passes, breaking the record set by Danny O'Neil. He had a season-high 60 rushing yards against the Bruins including a career-best 40-yard run. He is sixth in school history in total offense with 6,360 yards. He has thrown 30 touchdown passes in two straight seasons, the first Duck to do that. - The Sports Xchange

01/02/2012 - Scouting the Oregon passing game: Oregon's running game has been so good that the Ducks have not needed to throw as much as most teams as Oregon ranks 10th in the conference with 219.5 passing yards per game. Quarterback Darron Thomas has been effective when he throws, completing 61.4 percent of his passes. He has 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. - The Sports Xchange

10/30/2011 - Oregon coach Chip Kelly might have caused folks watching him replace his starting quarterback with a backup to wonder about future plans, but the coach said there should be no confusion. Kelly put in backup Bryan Bennett and took out starter Darron Thomas in the second half of Saturday's 43-28 win over Washington State. At the time, the Ducks led 15-10 and Thomas, who was returning from a knee injury, had thrown two interceptions. "I don't have to answer that question. But I know who he is," Kelly said when asked who the starting quarterback would be the next week, according to the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard. "I'll play 17 quarterbacks if it's gonna help us win. ... We can do this dance all day long if you want. "We just felt Bryan gave us a better chance in the second half." Bennett was 4 of 7 for 88 yards and two passing touchdowns in the second half as the Ducks scored 28 points after halftime. Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich backed up his head coach and Thomas, according to the Register-Guard. "One hundred percent, it's Darron Thomas," Helfrich said, when asked about the starter. - The Sports Xchange

10/29/2011 - Darron Thomas says emphatically that he's still the starter for No. 7 Oregon. The Ducks quarterback returned from a knee injury Saturday to face Washington State but threw two interceptions in the first half and was pulled from the 43-28 victory over the Cougars. Coach Chip Kelly said he felt backup Bryan Bennett gave the Ducks the best chance when they embarked on the second half with only a 15-10 lead. Afterward, Thomas was asked if anyone had told him he was still the starter. "I think I know that." he said. Running back LaMichael James also came back after two games off because of a dislocated right elbow. Wearing a brace, he ran 53 yards for Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) which won its 21st straight at Autzen Stadium. True freshman De'Anthony Thomas had a 45-yard scoring pass from Bennett and returned a kickoff 93 yards for another touchdown. Lavasier Tuinei added a pair of TD receptions. Washington State (3-5, 1-4) lost its fourth straight, but the Cougars hung tough with Oregon for much of the game. - AP Sports

10/19/2011 - Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas, injured in last weekend's game against Arizona State, says he expects to play Saturday against Colorado even though there has been no official word about his status. Thomas practiced Wednesday with the No. 9 Ducks, and afterward was asked if he could play. "Expect to," he said. Oregon's junior quarterback was hurt when an Arizona State player landed squarely on his legs in last weekend's 41-27 victory over the Sun Devils. After the game, he was seen wearing a brace on his left leg. Ducks coach Chip Kelly does not discuss injuries as a policy. If Thomas doesn't start against the Buffaloes (1-6, 0-3 Pac-12), the job will go to redshirt freshman Bryan Bennett. Thomas has thrown for 17 touchdowns and run for two more this season for the Ducks (5-1, 3-0). Last season, he threw for 30 touchdowns and ran for five while directing the speedy spread-option that helped Oregon reach the BCS championship game and finish 12-1. - AP Sports

10/16/2011 - Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas appeared to injure his left knee against Arizona State on Saturday night. The injury occurred early in the second half with the No. 9 Ducks leading 21-17, when linebacker Colin Parker fell on Thomas' legs. Thomas grimaced as he was attended to by team trainers, but he got up and jogged off the field. He received further treatment on the sidelines before jogging to the tunnel and off the field. The junior had completed 13 of 17 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in the first half for the Ducks. He was replaced by backup Bryan Bennett. - AP Sports

10/06/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Oregon is averaging 52 points and 533.8 yards per game to rank among the national leaders, but Cal's defense has been tough early this season. The have allowed Bears 314.3 yards per game, but that small figure has still resulted in an abnormal 24.3 points per game. Cal is allowing only 78.25 rushing yard per game, but that will be tested by Oregon, which runs for 299.5 yards per game. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Missouri State at Oregon, Sept. 17 This game was a late addition to the schedule after Oregon was originally scheduled to play Utah. When the Utes joined the Pac-12 Conference, Oregon needed to find a replacement for Utah on its non-conference schedule and got the Bears to play in Eugene. KEYS TO THE GAME: This game has "blowout" written all over it, and Oregon has usually done that against overmatched non-conference opponents in recent years. Last week, Oregon beat Nevada 69-20, and this week should be an even larger margin of victory. The score will likely be closer to the 72-0 home win over New Mexico last year or the 69-0 win over Portland State. Oregon's biggest concern will be staying healthy for its conference opener the following week. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: QB Darron Thomas equaled a school record with six touchdown passes against Nevada. That tied the mark shared by Danny O'Neil and Joey Harrington. His five touchdown passes in the first half also tied a school record and he had four in the second quarter. Thomas was 13-for-19 for 295 yards with no interceptions. He ran three times for 35 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - QB Darron Thomas had arguably his most efficient day as a starter with the Ducks in the win over Nevada. He was 13-for-19 for 295 yards and six touchdowns. That's a 68.4 completion percentage, an average of 22.7 yards per completion, and a touchdown on nearly every other attempt. He equaled the school record with six touchdown passes in a game. He was named national performer of the week and national quarterback of the week by the College Football Performance Awards. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have to come out with a fire and play hard regardless of who we are playing. Whether it is LSU or Nevada, we always need to come out 100 percent and play well." Oregon QB Darron Thomas - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2011 - WEEK 2 STARS: Darron Thomas, Oregon, matched a school record with six touchdown passes to help the No. 13 Ducks bounce back from its season-opening loss to beat Nevada 69-20. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - Darron Thomas matched a school record with six touchdown passes and No. 13 Oregon bounced back from its season-opening loss to beat Nevada 69-20 on Saturday. LaMichael James ran for 67 yards and a touchdown, caught a scoring pass from Thomas and returned a punt for a score to help the Ducks (1-1) to their 17th straight victory at Autzen Stadium. True freshman running back De'Anthony Thomas caught two passes-both for touchdowns-for 93 yards. Tyler Lantrip, a fifth-year senior making his first career start, completed 21 of 35 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown for Nevada, which was playing its season opener. - AP Sports

09/08/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Oregon's offense was down across the board in the season-opener against LSU, but credit much of that to the Tigers' defense that was tougher than almost any the Ducks faced last season. Oregon averaged 530 yards of offense last year, but totaled 335 against LSU. Oregon's 95 rushing yards was nearly 200 below its average from last year and its 27 points was 20 below last year's average. Oregon figures to bounce back this week in its home opener against Nevada. LaMichael James did not have a run longer than 13 yards against LSU, but that is likely to change this week and quarterback Darron Thomas will almost certainly look to run more this week after carrying the ball only twice against LSU. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Nevada at Oregon, Sept. 10 The Ducks should be fired up for their home opener after a disappointing performance in the season-opener against LSU. Oregon has had little trouble against unranked nonleague opponents at home in recent seasons. It is the season-opener for the Wolf Pack coming off a 13-1 season and they won't be intimidated by Oregon after defeating another Pac-12 foe, California, last season, 52-31. Add in a win over Boise State and Nevada defeated both of its ranked opponents last year. KEYS TO THE GAME: Oregon needs to pressure Nevada quarterback Tyler Lantrip, who gets a tough assignment for his first start. Lantrip is a senior, but has not seen much action during his career because the Wolf Pack have had Colin Kaepernick at quarterback for the past four years. Kaepernick has moved on to the San Francisco 49ers and Lantrip takes over as the starter after playing in 16 games and going 12 for 23 for 192 yards and one touchdown during that time. Autzen Stadium is known as one of the loudest stadiums in the country and a sellout crowd will make it tough on Lantrip, so the Ducks will look to rattle him from the start. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Darron Thomas - The junior will be returning to play in his home state against the school he originally committed to attend. That could make for an emotional evening for Thomas, who needs to perform like he did last year when he threw for 2,882 yards and 30 touchdowns. He is 12-0 in the regular season as a starter. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas still isn't over the loss to Auburn in the BCS championship game. So the No. 3 Ducks' season opener against No. 4 LSU on Saturday has all kinds of implications: It's a chance to redeem himself against a highly ranked team on national television, a game many say will set the tone for the season. It's at Cowboys Stadium in his home state of Texas, so a lot of friends and family will be there. And on top of that, Thomas was set on going to LSU before changing his mind and committing to Oregon. He says Saturday's game is like the championship game - if the Ducks lose it's a done season. - AP Sports

08/29/2011 - Thomas, a junior, also contributed to the running game with 486 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, but his strength is throwing the ball, as he completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,881 yards and 30 touchdowns last year in his first season as a starter. "I don't know if there's a ceiling on Darron," Kelly said. "To come in as a first-time starter and go undefeated in the regular season and undefeated in this conference and lead his team to a berth in the national championship game. I think the one thing that I remarked, and I said it a lot last year, is that it almost seemed like every week he just got better and better." Thomas will need to find some new targets, as leading receivers Jeff Maehl and D.J. Davis are gone, leaving Lavasier Tuinei as the top returning receiver with 36 catches. All-Conference tight end David Paulson is back after catching 24 passes and four touchdowns. Oregon will also need to fill holes on both lines. The Ducks had three seniors last season on both the offensive and defensive lines and also lost two linebackers. "We've got some holes to fill with only 11 or so seniors coming back," Kelly said. - The Sports Xchange

08/19/2011 - Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas says he was asleep in the car when a teammate was pulled over for driving 118 mph earlier this summer. Thomas also denies he was smoking marijuana. A police dashboard camera video revealed that the officer who pulled over cornerback Cliff Harris thought he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car. Harris was cited for speeding and driving on a suspended license following the traffic stop on June 12 on Interstate 5 near Albany, Ore. No other citations were issued. It was not revealed until this week -- when the dashboard camera video was released -- that Thomas was in the car. "I woke up, the police (officer) was right at the window talking about it. That's all the facts I know," Thomas told reporters Thursday after practice. Last summer, Thomas was a passenger when then-quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was stopped for a traffic infraction and marijuana was found in the car. Masoli, who had earlier pleaded guilty in connection to an unrelated burglary incident, was later dismissed from the team by Kelly. Thomas was also a passenger in 2008 when linebacker Eddie Pleasant crashed while street racing in Springfield. He was not cited in either of those incidents. After the police video was released, Kelly defended his quarterback, saying: "I'm not punishing someone for being a passenger."

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Darren Thomas, JR, Oregon, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. - Allstate Sugar Bowl

08/13/2011 - If the Ducks themselves are worried in the least about the investigation, they're not showing it. In fact, their main concern is rebounding from the 22-19 loss to Auburn for the national championship in January. "It's the biggest motivation I have in my life," junior quarterback Darron Thomas said Thomas performed admirably as a first-year starter last season, throwing for 2,881 yards and 30 touchdowns. He ran for five more scores. But more than that, he proved himself unflappable in pressure situations. He threw for 363 yards, including a touchdown to James and the two-point conversion pass to Jeff Maehl, to tie the finale against the Tigers at 19 with 2:33 left. Auburn kicked a field goal with no time remaining for the victory. It was Thomas' first loss as a starter. "He's probably the toughest quarterback I've ever been around. If you look at the touchdowns that he's thrown and just put a highlight tape of the 30 some odd touchdowns he threw, and how many shots he took when he was throwing the ball, he's truly a fearless competitor," coach Chip Kelly said. " He's really grown into the leadership role that we've asked him to being the quarterback of our football team." - AP Sports

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon, Junior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Darron Thomas, Oregon, Pac-12, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. - The Davey O'Brien Foundation

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Darron Thomas, Oregon, QB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. - The Maxwell Football Club

06/03/2011 - STARS OF 2011: QB Darron Thomas was the big question mark entering last spring, but as a first-year starter he led the Ducks to the national title game. Thomas totaled 3,367 yards in total offense, second on Oregon's single-season list. He threw 30 touchdown passes to rank second on the school's all-time list and his 2,881 passing yards ranks fifth. Thomas also had five rushing touchdowns. QUOTE TO NOTE: "For him to accomplish what he accomplished as a first-year starter is pretty rare. And he just needs to build upon what he established last year," Oregon coach Chip Kelly, talking to The (Eugene) Register-Guard about quarterback Darron Thomas. - The Sports Xchange

06/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: QB Darron Thomas - It seems strange now, but the biggest question entering last season for Oregon was quarterback, where Thomas had never started a game and did not win the starting job until the end of fall camp. He completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,881 yards and 30 touchdowns and also ran for 486 yards and five touchdowns. He will be one of the top returning quarterbacks in the nation next season. - The Sports Xchange

05/02/2011 - Just a few months removed from the BCS championship, the Oregon Ducks played their spring game Saturday before a Pac-10 record crowd of more than 43,000. Heisman finalist LaMichael James showed he hadn't lost a step by running for a 67-yard touchdown for Oregon's green team early in the day. Rob Beard added three field goals for a 16-0 victory over the white team. According to Oregon's count, a Pac-10 and school spring record 43,468 fans showed up for the game, which appeared to catch both the university and Eugene officials off guard. Traffic was snarled in the city and some parking gates at Autzen Stadium were shut, adding to the backup. For comparison, last year's spring game drew 25,211, the previous school record. The attendance demonstrated the leap the program took last season, when Oregon went 12-0 before losing to Auburn in the national championship game in January. The Ducks were ranked No. 3 behind the Tigers and TCU in the final Associated Press Poll. Last season in the spring game, quarterback Darron Thomas was battling for the starting job with fifth-year senior Nate Costa. He didn't win the job until the final scrimmage of fall camp. Thomas would go on to throw for 2,881 yards and 30 touchdowns, and run for five more scores. On Saturday, Thomas threw for 129 yards and was intercepted once. Coach Chip Kelly said this season Thomas needs to take on a greater leadership role. "He's growing into it," Kelly said. - AP Sports

03/30/2011 - Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas had a surprise for the first day of spring practice. He's now wearing No. 5. Now that running back Remene Alston ??? the former No. 5 ??? has graduated, Thomas went back to his high school number, and receiver Josh Huff took over Thomas' old No. 1. The Jersey swapping was just one of the changes the Ducks will have to adjust to this spring. Less than three months removed from the loss to Auburn in the BCS championship game, Oregon was back at work Tuesday in the Moshofsky Center indoor practice facility. "The part about this team is they love playing football," coach Chip Kelly said. "The past is the past and there's nothing you can do about it. That was a great experience and we learned a lot of valuable lessons last year in how to prepare and how to do all of those things. The biggest challenge for us (is) we lost some great leaders." The Ducks, who went undefeated last year in the regular season, have lost three starting defensive linemen ??? Brandon Bair, Kenny Rowe and Zac Clark ??? and linebackers Casey Matthews and Spencer Paysinger, both playmakers and leaders. In contrast, the marquee guys on Oregon's offense return, except for wide receiver Jeff Maehl. In addition to Thomas, Oregon will have Heisman finalist LaMichael James and fellow running back Kenjon Barner. Thomas and James anchor Oregon's blurry-fast spread option offense. Last year the Ducks outscored their opponents 592-221 in the regular season, scoring an average of 49.3 points and winning by an average margin of 30.9 points to repeat as Pac-10 champions. - AP Sports


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