Oregon Ducks superstar running back De’Anthony Thomas was bounced out early from yesterday’s blowout victory over the California Golden Bears, and he was, in fact, injured on the very first play of the game. Thomas suffered a right ankle injury on the opening kickoff and had to be helped off the field. He is on crutches, but it is anyone’s guess as to how serious the injury is, given that the Oregon Ducks do not announce injury details.
The Ducks offense, as expected, had no trouble thriving without De’Anthony Thomas, as they romped Cal at home in a 55-16 victory. Marcus Mariota wasn’t as sharp as usual, but that didn’t matter since the other two talented running backs in Oregon’s stable had huge games. True freshman Thomas Tyner put up 94 yards on the ground on just 13 carries with a touchdown, and Byron Marshall was the star of the night with 130 yards on 19 carries and two TDs. Marshall has always been an impressive player for the Ducks, and he has averaged 6.8 yards per carry on the season for a total of 326 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The game conditions in Eugene were not particularly friendly, as both teams had to deal with the rain. In fact, Thomas hinted that the slippery conditions caused him to suffer the ankle injury, and we’ll see if college football’s fastest player will be able to avoid missing any games. My guess is that Oregon will hold Thomas out of next week’s game as a precaution, though, because they can defeat the Colorado Buffaloes easily without DAT, who already has six touchdowns and 396 yards of total offense this season.