Ducks' De'Anthony Thomas declares for the draft

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Versatile Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Thomas announced the decision on Sunday via GoDucks.com, the school's athletic website.

Known for his speed, Thomas finishes his college career with 5,345 career all-purpose yards, trailing only LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner on Oregon's career list. Thomas holds Duck records for kickoff return yards with 1,885 and a 17.1-yard punt return average.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Los Angeles native ran for two touchdowns in the 2012 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The next season in the Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, he ran the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

This season he was sidelined for nearly four games because of a right ankle injury.

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