Ducks' De'Anthony Thomas to enter NFL Draft, pass on senior season

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas announced Sunday that he's going to pass on his senior season with the Ducks and enter the NFL Draft.

"I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL," Thomas said in a statement (via "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."

Thomas hinted at the announcement after attending a Philadelphia Eagles game the day before.

The dynamic player leaves Oregon with 5,345 all-purpose yards, making the third most in Program history (trailing LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner).

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back never really got into form this season compared to year's past after suffering an ankle injury early in the season against Cal.

He established a reputation as a dual threat last season, running for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns and catching 45 passes for 445 yards and five more scores. He also scored on a kickoff return and a punt return, becoming the first Oregon player in 47 years with a touchdown four different ways.

The Associated Press contributed to this article