The Oregon Ducks were extremely fearful when they saw their do-it-all running back De’Anthony Thomas go down. Thankfully though for him, the Ducks had a few weeks to rest him while his teammates took care of the Buffs, Huskies and Cougs.
After two weeks of suiting up but ultimately deciding (or more likely having it decided for him) not to play, the Ducks will get a boost with his return to the lineup Saturday at home against the South leading UCLA Bruins. The only issue might be that he hasn’t played in essentially four games since he injured his ankle on the opening kickoff against Cal.
Will the timing be there between him and Mariota? Will he be his old explosive self or might he shy away from contact a few times? Basically will the Ducks be better or worse with him in there this weekend, because Byron Marshall, Bralon Addison and the rest of the Quack Attack has been getting more in-sync by the week.
The answer is taken for granted in most situations and ultimately they are better with Thomas in, but this week in particular could be a slight transition. How much transition could determine the outcome of a game like this.