Although the Oregon offense has looked as dominate as ever without him, Oregon fans should be excited to hear that star running back/kick returner/ankle breaker De’Anthony Thomas told reporters on Monday that he should be available when the Ducks host the UCLA Bruins this weekend.
Thomas, who was hurt on the opening kickoff against the Cal Golden Bears back on Sept. 28, hasn’t had a carry since playing the Tennessee Volunteers back on Sept. 15. But the small running back waved off any notions that he may be worried about contact: “When I’m in the game, I don’t really get hit that much” (Oregon Live).
While Thomas said he was “pretty close” to being available against the Washington State Cougars, it’s probably wise that the Ducks gave him an extra week to rest and recover. The time off for Thomas has allowed sophomore Byron Marshall and freshman Thomas Tyner to gain more experience, and both running backs have excelled. Marshall ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns against the Cougars, while Tyner added 99 yards and a touchdown.
[Source: Oregon Live]