Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday run-through: news, notes and stuff to know for Missouri State versus Oregon

Chip Kelly calls De'Anthony Thomas a "one-timer," meaning, he's the kind of athlete you only have to tell one time about a technique or a correction and he gets it. The kid made a rapid improvement in his second game, breaking out for two touchdowns and a 180 all-purpose yards after having two costly fumbles in the opener.

Thomas told ESPN, "I just didn't want to make those mistakes anymore," he said. "I was working hard all week about ball security. So I just had the ball high and tight. Every time I run, just high and tight." After two games he's Oregon's leading receiver with 8 catches for 140 yards and the two touchdowns, second-leading rusher with 12 carries for 103 yards (a gaudy 8.6-yard average), and he's on pace for over 2100 all-purpose yards as a true freshman. The Oregon record is 2481 by Jonathan Stewart in 2007. It's still early, but Thomas may have a freshman season for all-time. Expect him to make another down payment on greatness tomorrow against the Bears.

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