Found January 16, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
Last Saturday, Oregon football fans, still basking in the glow of the program’s first Rose Bowl victory since the Woodrow Wilson presidency, suddenly felt like wounded ducks. The news that star quarterback Darron Thomas had decided to leave the team for a chance to play in the NFL was more surprising than a Greg Oden All-Star appearance. Ducks fans expected this from LaMichael James, who broke nearly every UO rushing record over the course of his three-year career, and had nothing left to prove on a college football field—but Darron Thomas was supposed to be a lock to return for his senior year and run an offense that he and Chip Kelly built into a Mach 5 machine. We probably will never know the true reason that Thomas wanted to give up his chance at becoming the best quarterback in Oregon history for an opportunity to play with the big boys on Sundays. Perhaps, like James, Thomas wanted to go out on top after enduring the pain of coming a downed knee away from winning a nation...
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