Oregon Football: Ducks Might Play De'Anthony Thomas at CB

De'Anthony Thomas Might Play CB This Weekend

11/14/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

Oregon coach Chip Kelly is considering using all-purpose running back De'Anthony Thomas at cornerback this Saturday against Stanford, reports OregonLive.com.Blog Photo - Oregon Football: Ducks Might Play De'Anthony Thomas at CB

Once the nation's No. 1 CB prospect for the class of 2011 — and one that rejected an offer to play the position at hometown school USC — Thomas' elite athleticism alone makes him a capable candidate to contribute to the Ducks' secondary.

This could serve well for Kelly's back four, which has been through a lot of turmoil as of late. Veteran cornerbacks Troy Hill and Dion Mathis, as well as safety Avery Patterson are out due to injuries.

By making the transition to a position he hasn't played in two years, there is a significant concern for injury to Thomas as well. But that's a risk Oregon seems willing to take, especially versus a team that has a quarterback who is making just his second collegiate start.

Thomas, who splits time with Kenjon Barner in the backfield, has been utilized in many different areas. Through 10 games this season, he has 1,301 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns off 125 touches.

That's 10.4 yards per touch and a score for every 10.4 touches.

If I'm Stanford, I'm not throwing the ball his way — if Thomas gets his hands on an interception, statistics show that it's probably going to be returned for some points.


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