Darron Thomas

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Not to be confused with Darren Thomas.
Darron Thomas
DarronThomas.jpg
Thomas taking a snap against USC in 2010
No. 1     Portland Thunder
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-05-23) May 23, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Aldine (TX)
College: Oregon
Undrafted in 2012
Debuted in 2014 for the Portland Thunder
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena football statistics
Comp. / Att. 75 / 157
Passing yards 818
TD-INT 13-9
QB Rating 60.42
Rushing TDs 10
Stats at CFL.ca
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Darron Varnell Thomas (born May 23, 1990) is a professional quarterback for the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League (AFL). He was the starting quarterback for the University of Oregon football team that reached the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and won the 2012 Rose Bowl.

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Houston, Texas on May 23, 1990 to Latina Thomas and Darren Waters. Thomas attended Aldine High School in Aldine, Texas.[1] As a freshman at Aldine, Thomas played as a running back.[1] During summer practice before Thomas' sophomore year, Aldine head coach, Bob Jones, had the idea of switching Thomas to quarterback to run his spread offense.[1] Thomas was opposed to the switch, but made it anyway.[1] During his senior season, Thomas verbally committed to Louisiana State University.[2] When the LSU recruiting class for quarterbacks became 3 members, Thomas de-committed.[3]

Thomas committed to the University of Oregon on December 14, 2007,[4] choosing Oregon over scholarships from Florida, LSU, Miami (FL), Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.[5]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Darron Thomas
QB
Aldine, Texas Aldine High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.52 Dec 14, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 15 (QB)   Rivals: 6 (QB), 43 (TX)  ESPN: 17 (ATH)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

Darron Thomas completed his career at Oregon with a 24-3 record as a starter, leading the Ducks to two consecutive Pac-12 Championships, including appearances in two BCS Bowl games. He is the school record holder at Oregon for touchdown passes with 66.

Just months removed from Aldine High in Houston, Thomas came off the bench as a true freshman to lead a stirring second-half rally against Boise State in his first collegiate game.[6] Thomas tossed three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to rally Oregon from a 24-point deficit. The Ducks lost to Boise State 32-27 but his unexpected debut and impressive performance led many fans to believe he would be the true successor to Dennis Dixon, however, he would continue to backup Jeremiah Masoli for the remainder of the 2008 season.

After redshirting the 2009 season, Thomas became the starting quarterback for the Ducks in 2010[7] after previous starter Jeremiah Masoli was suspended for the 2010 season and eventually dismissed from the team.

2011 BCS National Championship[edit]

In his first season as a starter, Thomas threw for 2,881 yards and 30 touchdowns, leading Oregon to a 12–0 regular season record, and an appearance in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game against Auburn. In that game, Thomas threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. Auburn would ultimately go on to win 22–19, with a last-second field goal. After the season, Thomas as named as a 2nd Team All-Pac-10 Conference selection at quarterback[8] and the co-recipient of the Skeie’s Award as the team’s most outstanding player.[9]

2012 Rose Bowl[edit]

During the 2011 season, Thomas threw for 2,761 yards, and a single season school record of 33 touchdowns, leading the Ducks to the 2012 Rose Bowl, in which Thomas threw for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns to propel Oregon to a 45–38 victory over Wisconsin. The Ducks finished the season 12–2 (8–1 Pac-12) with a #4 final season ranking.

Statistics[edit]

Passing Rushing
Season Team GP Comp Att Comp % Yards TD INT RAT Att Yards Avg TD
2008 Oregon 5 16 33 48.5 268 3 1 140.6 13 27 2.1 1
2010 Oregon 13 222 361 61.5 2881 30 9 151.0 93 486 5.2 5
2011 Oregon 13 211 339 62.2 2761 33 7 158.7 56 206 3.7 3
Career Oregon 31 449 733 61.3 5910 66 17 154.1 162 719 7.1 9

Professional career[edit]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

At the end of his junior season, Thomas surprisingly chose to forgo his senior year to enter the 2012 NFL Draft but was neither drafted nor signed as an undrafted free agent by any NFL team. On October 9, 2012, Thomas signed a practice roster agreement with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.[10]

Lincoln Haymakers[edit]

He would later sign with the Lincoln Haymakers of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League but never played a game for the Haymakers.[11]

Portland Thunder[edit]

Thomas was assigned to the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League on October 10, 2013.[12] Thomas fits in with the ownership's promise of getting players with Oregon ties. Thomas started the first three games of the season for the Thunder before being benched in favor of Danny Southwick. Thomas became the primary back up for the Thunder since losing his starting position.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Tom Friend (January 7, 2011). "Darron Thomas drives the Ducks". www.espn.go.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kevin Spain (August 21, 2007). "LSU gets commitment from Texas QB". www.nola.com. NOLA Media Group. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Andy Staple (January 7, 2011). "How Oregon's main contributors rated as recruits". www.sportsillustrated.com (Time Inc.). Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Darron Thomas". www.rivals.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Darron Thomas". www.scout.com. Microsoft. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Oregon's Darron Thomas isn't the quarterback you remember from Boise State rally; he's better". The Oregonian. September 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ "#1 Darron Thomas Biography". GoDucks.com. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "PAC-10 FOOTBALL AWARDS AND ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ANNOUNCED". www.uclabruins.com. Pac-10 Conference. December 7, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=1550474
  10. ^ "Four added to practice roster". Stampeders.com. October 9, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Haymakers Sign Former Oregon Ducks QB Darron Thomas". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Portland Lands Former Oregon QB Darron Thomas". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 11, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Aaron Kasinitz (June 30, 2014). "Darron Thomas continues quest to regain success from Oregon days despite several pitfalls". www.oregonlive.com. The Oregonian. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 

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