De'Anthony Thomas
De'Anthony Thomas at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, on January 21, 2012.
Oregon DucksNo. 6
RB/WR/KR Sophomore
Major: Communications
Date of birth: (1993-01-05) January 5, 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Career history
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Crenshaw
Career highlights and awards
  • USA Today All-American (2009, 2010)
  • All-Pac-12 First Team (2011)
  • Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year (2011)
Stats at

De'Anthony Marquies Thomas (born January 5, 1993) is an American college football running back for the Oregon Ducks.[1]

Early yearsEdit

He graduated from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California, where he played running back, defensive back, and wide receiver. Thomas rushed for 1,299 yards and 18 touchdowns on offense and collected five interceptions on defense, while leading Crenshaw (12-2) to its second straight city championship.[2] Regarded as a five-star recruit by, Thomas was listed as the No. 1 athlete prospect in the class of 2011.[3]

Thomas is also a sprinter, with a personal best of 10.57 seconds in the 100 meters and 20.61 seconds in the 200 meters.[4]

When Thomas was 12 years old, he played for the Crenshaw Bears in Snoop Dogg's Snoop Youth Football League. Snoop Dogg claims to have given Thomas the nickname "Black Mamba",[5] although Sports Illustrated has written that another coach in the league first identified Thomas to Snoop Dogg as the "Black Mamba".[6] Thomas himself prefers the spelling "Black Momba".[5]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
De’Anthony Thomas
Los Angeles, CA Crenshaw High School (CA) 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) 160 lb (73 kg) 4.4 Feb 2,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 84
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (ATH)   Rivals: 1 (CB)  ESPN: 1 (ATH)
‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College careerEdit


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.[7] Thomas was the only player in the 2011 college football year to amass 400 yards each in rushing, receiving, and returns.[7]

On January 2, 2012, Thomas recorded two touchdowns and 314 all-purpose yards in the Rose Bowl where Oregon won 45-38 over Wisconsin. In that game, his 91-yard touchdown run broke the previous Rose Bowl record for the longest run from scrimmage.[8] His only other carry in that game resulted in a 64-yard score, giving him a 155 rushing yards on just two carries.[9]

He was on many Heisman watch lists ahead of the 2012 season.[10][11][12]


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.[13] Thomas continued to return kicks and punts, including a 94-yard opening kickoff return during the Fiesta Bowl. In total, he recorded 1757 all-purpose yards and scored 18 touchdowns.[13] Thomas led the Pac-12 conference in rushing yards per attempt with 7.6.[13]


  1. "De'Anthony Thomas". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  2. Glicksman, Ben (December 21, 2010). "Crenshaw football star De'Anthony Thomas has Hollywood flair". Sports Illustrated.
  3. "Athletes 2011". November 11, 2010.
  4. "De'Anthony Thomas Bio". Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Oregonian Sports (2012-09-14). "Snoop on De'Anthony Thomas: USC never should've let 'Black Mamba' wind up at Oregon (video)". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  6. Jenkins, Lee (2012-09-24). "Can't Touch DAT". Sports Illustrated: pp. 47.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Peterson, Anne (September 5, 2012). "De'Anthony Thomas Makes the Most of His Touches". Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  8. "BCS records – Individual". July 31, 2012.
  9.,, Retrieved February 23, 2013
  10. Greenberg, Steve. "Heisman Trophy watch: De'Anthony Thomas makes early list". Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  11. Horne, Lisa. "2012's Never-too-early Heisman Watch List". Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  12. Kirpalani, Sanjay. "Top 10 Heisman Trophy Hopefuls for Next Season". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2

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