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Report: Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas declares for NFL Draft

Oregon Ducks’ running back De’Anthony Thomas, also known as simply DAT, has announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, per a report from GoDucks.com.

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.

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