Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas will enter NFL Draft

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Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas, one of the fastest players in the nation, announced Sunday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL draft. Thomas, who also starred on the Oregon track and field team, holds school records for kickoff return yards and punt return average and is third in school history with 5,345 career all-purpose yards.

“I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL,” Thomas said in a statement. “I want to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to the University and all of my teammates, coaches and fans. I look forward to staying connected to the University and visiting the sidelines as often as possible.”
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EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 14: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball against Brian Randolph #37 and Jordan Williams #54 of the Tennessee Volunteers on September 14, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Tennessee v Oregon
EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 14: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball against Brian Randolph #37 and Jordan Williams #54 of the Tennessee Volunteers on September 14, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 26: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball against Eric Kendricks #6 of the UCLA Bruins on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
UCLA v Oregon
EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 26: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball against Eric Kendricks #6 of the UCLA Bruins on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 16: Running back De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates with wide receiver Bralon Addison #11 of the Oregon Ducks after catching a touchdown pass during the first quarter of the game against the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Utah v Oregon
EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 16: Running back De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates with wide receiver Bralon Addison #11 of the Oregon Ducks after catching a touchdown pass during the first quarter of the game against the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) dives for the end zone against UCLA during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Bruce Ely)
No. 2 Ducks overcome No. 12 Bruins 42-14
Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) dives for the end zone against UCLA during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Bruce Ely)
EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 26: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks warms up before the game against the UCLA Bruins on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
UCLA v Oregon
EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 26: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks warms up before the game against the UCLA Bruins on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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