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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.Thomas made the announcement, which caught many by surprise, on Saturday night. He follows Oregon running back LaMichael James, who announced last week that he would skip his final year of eligibility.
"I came to this decision on behalf of myself and my family," Thomas said in a statement released by Oregon. "I have a dream of playing in the NFL and I'm going to pursue those dreams."Thomas had already filed the necessary paperwork with the NFL, the school said. If he doesn't hire an agent, he has until this Wednesday to reconsider his decision.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior passed for 2,761 yards and a school-record 33 touchdowns this past season, despite missing a game because of an injury. He also ran for three scores. He threw only seven interceptions.The Ducks finished 12-2 with losses to LSU and USC before beating Wisconsin 45-38 in the Rose Bowl. The previous season, the Ducks lost only to Auburn in the BCS championship game.
"As in all cases, we educate our players with the information we feel will be beneficial to them throughout the process but ultimately, the decision is left up to the players," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "I will always support Darron in his decision and want to thank him for everything he has done for this program. He obviously has played a major role in elevating Oregon football to new heights and I wish him well in the future."
Kelly and Thomas weren't available for further comment Saturday.Thomas ended his career 23-3 as a starter.
He had a school-record 66 touchdown passes in 31 games with the Ducks. He ranks sixth on the school's career list with 6,629 yards of total offense and seventh with 5,910 yards passing.
Backup Bryan Bennett is expected to lead the Ducks when Oregon opens spring practice on April 3. True freshmen Marcus Mariota and Jake Rodrigues will also compete for the job.
When Thomas injured his left leg in Oregon's victory over Arizona State on Oct. 15, Bennett started the next week at Colorado and threw for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
James, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2010, declared on Jan. 6 that he would leave school early to enter the draft, but that decision had been widely anticipated.
A 5-foot-9, 195-pound All-American, James rushed for a school-record 1,805 yards this season despite missing two games with a dislocated right elbow. He led the nation with an average of 150.4 yards rushing per game.James is the first Pac-12 player to have three straight 1,500-yard seasons.
On Friday, fellow running back Barner said he would stay at Oregon for his senior year.
Barner ran for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, and caught 17 passes for 184 yards and three scores.
On Twitter, Barner defended Thomas for his decision, posting: "Get my off boy DT ur not walking in his shoes so u don't know what his reasoning is for leaving God bless bro do ya thing."
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University of Oregon Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas has filed paperwork with the National Football League to enter the 2012 NFL Draft and will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012 11:11 am ET
By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Darron Thomas has shocked the Oregon football team with his decision.
Thomas has decided to enter his name in the NFL draft. As a result, he will forgo his senior season to play professionally.
Thomas made his announcement tonight. He will be joined by fellow under classmen LaMichael James, who...
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Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas’ announcement Saturday evening to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft was met publicly with both surprise and staunch opinion.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Quarterback Darron Thomas says he is going to skip his senior season at Oregon to enter the NFL draft.
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.
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Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas is skipping his senior season
to enter the NFL draft.
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