Oregon Ducks running back/kick returner/highlight machine De’Anthony Thomas did not practice on Monday, but the star hopes the extra rest will allow him to play on Saturday night when his Ducks take on the Washington State Cougars.
Thomas hurt his ankle on the opening kickoff against the California Golden Bears and has not played since. He was in a walking boot when the Ducks took on the Colorado Buffaloes, and though rumors indicated that he’d take the field versus Washington, Thomas revealed today that he “wasn’t close at all” to being healthy enough to play against the Huskies.
The Ducks shouldn’t be in too bad of shape if Thomas isn’t ready to go against the Cougars. Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner, though both lacking the explosiveness of DAT, have both performed well while filling in at the running back position. Marshall especially has capitalized on his extra playing time, having run for at least 100 yards in each of the games since Thomas sprained his ankle.
[Source: Oregon Live]