Thomas at Matthew Knight Arena on January 21, 2012.
|No. 13 Kansas City Chiefs|
|Position:||Running back / Wide receiver / Return specialist|
|Date of birth:||January 5, 1993|
|Place of birth:||Los Angeles, California|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||176 lb (80 kg)|
|High school:||Los Angeles (CA) Crenshaw|
|NFL draft:||2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
|Punt return average:||9.8|
|Kickoff return average:||38.7|
|Stats at NFL.com|
De'Anthony Marquies Thomas (born January 5, 1993) is an American football running back, wide receiver, and return specialist for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon.
When Thomas was 12 years old, he was a Pop Warner Football legend and played for the Crenshaw Bears in Snoop Dogg's Snoop Youth Football League. Snoop Dogg claims to have given Thomas the nickname "Black Mamba", though Sports Illustrated has written that another coach in the league first identified Thomas to Snoop Dogg as the "Black Mamba". Thomas himself prefers the spelling "Black Momba".
High school career
De'Anthony graduated from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California, where he played running back, defensive back, and wide receiver under the leadership of coach Robert Garrett. Thomas rushed for 1,299 yards and touchdowns on offense and collected five interceptions on defense, while leading Crenshaw (12-2) to its second straight city championship. Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Thomas was listed as the No. 1 athlete prospect in the class of 2011. He played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Track and field
Thomas was also a sprinter, named a 2013 NCAA Division I All-American as anchor of Oregon's 4x100 relay team. He has a personal best of 10.31 seconds in the 100 meters and 20.61 seconds in the 200 meters. In high school, he won the Los Angeles City Section Championship in the 100m, 2009, and went on to finish 6th in the 100m and 2nd in the 200m at the California state meet. In 2010 he won the LACS championship in both the 100m and 200m, but at the CA state meet failed to move past the preliminary rounds in the 100m and finished last in the 200m final.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Los Angeles, CA||Crenshaw||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)||174 lb (79 kg)||4.2||Feb 2, 2011|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 84|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (ATH) Rivals: 1 (CB) ESPN: 1 (ATH)|
Thomas was one of the most decorated prep football players to ever come out of Los Angeles and one of the most sought after recruits of 2011 recruiting class. It came as a shock when Thomas announced his decision to attend the University of Oregon over USC, which was 10 minutes from where he lived. Coming out of high school, he was the #1 rated defensive back in the 2011 recruiting class but his desire to play offense in college grew over his senior season at Crenshaw High School. On January 29, 2011, Thomas secretly visited Oregon on a recruiting trip and decided to play for the Ducks in Chip Kelly's blur offense.
Thomas had a standout 2011 season as a true freshman for Oregon. Splitting time between running back and wide receiver, as well as returning kicks and punts, Thomas amassed 2,235 all-purpose yards and scored 18 total touchdowns, setting a school record for number of touchdowns by a freshman. Thomas was the only player in the 2011 college football year to amass 400 yards each in rushing, receiving, and returns. He was a co-recipient of the 2011 CFPA Kickoff Returner Trophy and a freshman All-America selection. He led all freshmen with 18 touchdowns.
On January 2, 2012, Thomas recorded two touchdowns and 314 all-purpose yards in the Rose Bowl where Oregon won 45-38 over #10 Wisconsin. In that game, his 91-yard touchdown run broke the previous Rose Bowl record for the longest run from scrimmage. His only other carry in that game resulted in a 64-yard score, giving him a 155 rushing yards on just two carries.
In 2012, Thomas continued his role as an all-purpose weapon for the Ducks. He amassed 701 yards rushing, for 11 touchdowns, and another 445 yards receiving, for 5 touchdowns. Thomas continued to return kicks and punts, including a 94-yard opening kickoff return in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, where Oregon defeated #5 Kansas State 35-17. In total, he recorded 1,757 all-purpose yards and scored 18 touchdowns. Thomas led the Pac-12 conference in rushing yards per attempt with 7.6. The Ducks finished the season 12–1 (8–1 Pac-12) with a #2 ranking, putting them in the top five of the final season rankings for the third straight season.
Thomas was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on September 24, 2012. The headline inside read: "Can't Touch DAT: He's not a RB, a receiver or even a starter, UO's DAT is simply a touchdown waiting to happen."
Entering his junior year, Thomas was a candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, as well as being placed on watchlists for the Doak Walker Award and Heisman Trophy. On September 9, 2013 he was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week after tying a career-best with three touchdowns (all rushing) at Virginia. Combined for 8 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown.
Awards and honors
- Pac-12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year
- Team's Most Outstanding Player Award
- All-Pac-12 First Team (Pac-12 Coaches, Phil Steele)
- Freshman All-America (Sporting News)
- All-Freshman First Team (Phil Steele)
- CFPA Kick Returner Performer of the Week (Washington State, USC)
- 2nd Team All-America (FOXSportsNEXT.com)
- Maxwell Award Semifinalist (College Player of the Year)
- Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention (Pac-12 Coaches)
- Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Pac-12 Coaches) Sept. 9
On January 5, 2014, Thomas declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. At the 2014 NFL Combine, Thomas ran an official 4.50 40 yard dash time, had 8 repetitions on the bench press, a 32" vertical jump and a 124" broad jump.
Kansas City Chiefs
Thomas was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. On August 7, 2014 Thomas returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown in the Chiefs' first preseason game. Thomas is expected to be play a wide receiver and running back hybrid position in the offense, as well as being the punt returner, similar to the way Dexter McCluster was used in previous seasons.
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- Jenkins, Lee (2012-09-24). "Can't Touch DAT". Sports Illustrated. p. 47.
- Glicksman, Ben (December 21, 2010). "Crenshaw football star De'Anthony Thomas has Hollywood flair". Sports Illustrated.
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- "BCS records – Individual". BCSFootball.org. July 31, 2012.
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- "Can't Touch Dat". CNN. September 24, 2012.
- "Ducks' De'Anthony Thomas named Pac-12 offensive player of the week". The Oregonian. September 9, 2013.
- 2014 NFL Draft: Oregon Ducks' De'Anthony Thomas headed to NFL
- "Catch and run by De’Anthony Thomas makes training camp crowd roar". Kansas City Star.