Thomas thanked the school, team and fans for his stay in Eugene, per the report.
“I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL,” Thomas said in a prepared statement Sunday. “I want to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to the University and all of my teammates, coaches and fans. I look forward to staying connected to the University and visiting the sidelines as often as possible.” [GoDucks.com]
The speedster Thomas, from Los Angeles, CA, rushed 96 times for 594 yards and 8 touchdowns, caught 22 passes for 246 yards and a TD and returned 21 kicks for 513 yards (86-yard long) and a score in his final season with the Ducks.
Thomas’ best all-around season arguably came in his freshman campaign when he ran 55 times for 595 yards (10.8 yards-per-rush) and 7 TDs, caught 46 passes for 605 yards and 9 TDs and returned 36 kicks for 983 yards and 2 TDs (with a career-long 96-yarder).
Thomas set Oregon records in kickoff return yards (1,885) and punt return average (17.1) and finishes ranked third in school history in all-purpose yards (5,345) and 4th in career scoring (278 points).
He missed four games in 2013 due to injury.