Oregon football is just five 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 five days away from opening day.
Let’s take a look at five interesting facts about Oregon’s No. 5 Darron Thomas:
- Before Marcus Mariota, Darron Thomas was the king of Oregon’s record books at quarterback. In my opinion, he’s one of the most underrated Ducks in history. From UO’s top six accomplishments, Darron Thomas is a part of 5 of them. Prior to the Heisman experience with Mariota, the Houston native was Oregon’s all-time leader in career touchdown passes (66), single season touchdown passes (33) and TD passes in a single game (6, tied with two others at that time). Thomas is now No. 2 in every category but the 6-TD game, which Mariota tied
- Thomas was seventh all-time in Oregon with 5,910 passing yards, including No. 8 in single-season passing yards (2,761). That was until Mariota came around. Now, Thomas is ranked eighth and ninth respectively
- During his freshman season in 2008, Thomas appeared in 5 games. He ended his redshirt status during the fourth quarter of the first game vs Boise State. Trailing by 24 points, Thomas entered the game for the Ducks completing 13 of 25 passes for 210 yards and three scores. Oregon fell short 37-32 unfortunately, but a star was born. His three scores and 210 yards is the most for a freshman during their debut in Oregon history. Mariota weighed in on that too with his 200-yard, 3-TD debut
- For his impressive career, Thomas scored 75 all-time touchdowns for the Ducks. He amassed 66 passing scores with 17 interceptions. Addiotionally, he ran for nine TDs during his 3-year career
- He saved his best for last, winning the 2012 Rose Bowl vs Russell Wilson and Wisconsin by a score of 45-38. Amid his final collegiate performance, Thomas completed 17 of 23 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns from Pasadena
Tuesday we will feature the No. 4 of Oregon legends. Keep calm, the Ducks are just five days away from a new beginning.