Oregon Football: De'Anthony Thomas Continues Insane Streak

De'Anthony Thomas Continues Insane Streak

9/2/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

It's uncommon for two Heisman contenders to play on the same team, but it's a rarity that both would share the backfield together.Blog Photo - Oregon Football: De'Anthony Thomas Continues Insane Streak

That's exactly what Oregon has right now, with speedy tailbacks Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas sharing snaps and touches.

Although Barner, a junior, starts for Chip Kelly's Ducks, it's Thomas that provides the offense with an explosion off the bench.

And a lot of points.

During last night's beatdown of Sun Belt opponent Arkansas State—where the Ducks flew out to an early 50-3 lead in the second quarter—Thomas touched the ball just eight times.

But like usual, he made the most of them by compiling 125 yards (15.6 yards per touch) and three touchdowns.

Dating back to the beginning of last season, Thomas now has 21 touchdowns in just 148 opportunities touching the ball. 

That's an average of finding the end zone every seven touches, which is a ridiculous statistic for any level of competition.

Realistically, those numbers aren't good enough to take the Heisman home this year. Thomas needs more carries from the backfield and to have a bigger impact in the return game to compete with the high-profile quarterbacks like Matt Barkley and Geno Smith.

But if he continues to perform like this, Kelly will have no choice but to allow him to showcase his versatility more and more.

*Photo used courtesy of Don Ryan (AP)


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9/3/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

finding the end zone every 7 touches?  are we talking about Jerry Sandusky? lol