by Aaron Wilson
January 06, 02014
Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas declared for the NFL draft Sunday.
Thomas is an undersized, athletic all-purpose standout, a 5-foot-9, 170-pounder who had 594 rushing yards, 246 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns this season.
He missed time with an ankle injury.
Thomas is also a dangerous returner, with four kickoffs and a punt returned for touchdowns in three seasons for the Ducks.
He finished his career with 5,345 yards, ranking him behind LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner. Thomas also ran track.
"I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL," Thomas said in a statement. "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."
"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."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.