IZR Debate: Is DAT a DB?

With the injuries starting to pile up, depth is a huge concern for the Ducks as they finish out the season. One of the units that is particularly strung out is the defensive secondary. On the other side of the ball, Oregon has a bit of surplus at wide receiver, and it just so happens that one of them, De’Anthony Thomas, has the potential to be an unbelievable defensive back.

Defensive coordinator Nick Allioti said he’d take De’Anthony Thomas as a cornerback, “in a heartbeat.”

With De’Anthony’s role now reduced to a glorified decoy on offense, doesn’t it make sense to plug in elite talent where its needed?

What would you do? Keep DAT on offense exclusively, or bring him over to the other side of the ball to increase depth in the defensive backfield?

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Josh Schlichter

Josh Schlichter

Josh is a College Football enthusiast from sunny Southern California. He has written for several self-operated prep sports blogs, as well as multiple SB Nation sites. In High School, Josh played football for four years, and helped create and operate the team's no-huddle system. Most of Josh's football knowledge branches from watching College Football his entire life, and is backed up by his first hand experience in both option and spread offenses. Above all, though, he is a proud student at the University of Oregon. @joshschlichter

  • I would absolutely use him on defense, though only sparingly. The Ducks are very thin at the corner position, so using him would allow the corners to be a bit more rested. Putting him at corner for 15 plays could be the difference between a shut out and a 20 point victory (a close game by this years standard).

    Overall, he has earned the right to play where he chooses to. If he doesn’t want to play defense, don’t force him. Ask for volunteers and take the best suited from those who step forward.

  • Though our corners have played awesome this year, DAT maybe our best cover corner.

    • Have to give lots of credit to Terrance Mitchell, but Thomas has the ability to be really, really good wherever he plays.