Though they didn’t need him when the took on the Colorado Buffaloes last weekend, the Oregon Ducks are certainly hoping star running back De’Anthony Thomas will be able to play when they travel north to take on the No. 16 Washington Huskies on Saturday.
Gary Campbell, the running backs coach at Oregon, didn’t reveal much when he was asked about Thomas’s status on Tuesday. Campbell reiterated the “we don’t talk about injuries” mantra made popular under Chip Kelly, refusing to provide any speculation about if Thomas will be healthy by kickoff. While the lack of concrete information is frustrating for Oregon fans, it does keep the Washington Huskies on their toes with regards to designing their game plan.
If the Ducks are indeed without Thomas on Saturday, the team will need huge performances from Byron Marshall and freshman Thomas Tyner. The two backups have put up good numbers this season — Marshall is averaging 6.3 yards per carry, and Tyner is averaging 5.8 yards per carry — and will need to play well against a hungry Huskies team looking to snap a nine-game losing streak against Oregon.
The game should be an exciting one as both the Ducks and the Huskies run fast-paced offenses that can score points in a hurry. Coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1.
[Source: Oregon Live]