Oregon football is just six days away from kicking off the 2017 season vs Southern Utah at Autzen Stadium.
If you’ve been following us on Instagram @eugene_levys_eyebrows, then you’ve been counting down the Duck players of past and present this summer.
We started at No. 99 with Canton Kaumatule and it’s almost hard to believe we’re six days away from opening day.
Let’s take a look at six interesting facts about Oregon’s No. 1 Mamba, De’Anthony Thomas:
- The Ducks threw Thomas right into the mix during the 2011 season. In his first collegiate game vs LSU (13-1), he rushed the ball four times for 22 yards and a score. Meanwhile, he caught 6 passes for 47 receiving yards and returned two kicks for a total of 53 yards (26.5)
- Incredibly, Thomas tallied 16 offensive touchdowns during his freshman campaign. It’s 18 if you include his two kick returns. In total, Thomas amassed seven rushing tallies, nine receiving TDs, and two special teams scores during the 2011 season. He had a streak of eight straight games reaching the end zone
- The Mamba followed his incredible freshman campaign with an equally impressive sophomore showcase that was highlighted by another year of 16 TDs from scrimmage
- Thomas certainly knows how to make a good first impression. The Crenshaw product scored a TD during his NFL debut with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. On October 5, KC visited the 49ers in San Francisco. There, Mamba tallied his first professional 6 points after catching his only pass of the game for 17 yards and the score. He added two punt returns for a total of 38 yards (19.0)
- During his final Civil War vs Oregon State in 2013, Thomas returned 6 kicks for a total of 130 yards (21.7) from Autzen Stadium. He rushed the rock 15 times for 88 yards and one TD. Surprisingly, he did not catch a pass in the contest. His highest return rate for an individual game that season came vs Utah when he returned two kicks for 119 yards and a score (59.5)
- He exhibited his versatility and multi-dimensional abilities for the NFL during his sophomore season at Oregon. Amid the first road test of the Pac-12 calendar at Washington State, DT only came off the field for defensive purposes. In a 51-26 manhandling of the Cougars, Thomas was literally everywhere. He rushed the ball 6 times for 26 yards and a tally. Thomas also caught 6 passes for 28 yards, alongside returning four kicks for 53 yards (13.3) and two punts for 19 yards (9.5)
Monday we will feature the No. 5 of Darron Thomas. Keep calm, the Ducks are just six days away from a new beginning.