EUGENE — De’Anthony Thomas’s time in Eugene is over. After three electrifying years, Thomas will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, according to Oregon’s athletic website.
“I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL,” Thomas said in a statement provided to Oregon’s athletic website. “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.”
Thomas became a fan favorite before enrolling in classes, when he flipped from USC to Oregon on signing day in 2011. He lived up to his hype immediately, thrilling Duck fans with spectacular touchdown runs. But he suffered an ankle injury early in his junior season, and wasn’t the same since. In his final game as a Duck, the Alamo Bowl, he had just 3 carries for 13 yards and 2 catches for 24 yards.
Thomas enters the NFL without a set position. He’s considered too small to play running back, like he did at Oregon, and will likely be a wide receiver.