De’Anthony Thomas: Top RB in the Heisman race?

If I had to put money on a non-quarterback to win the Heisman in 2013, without a doubt I’d bet on De’Anthony Thomas.  Though the last three winners have all been QBs (Manziel, RG3, Newton), DAT has a legitimate shot to outshine a talented group of skill players like Marqise Lee (USC), T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) and Duke Johnson (Miami); and may just find himself beating out QBs like Aaron Murray (Georgia), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Tajh Boyd (Clemson) and defending-winner Manziel (A&M).  Throw South Carolina D-end Jadeveon Clowney and fellow-Duck Marcus Mariota into the mix, and Heisman voters will have some quality talent to choose from when the time comes to mail their ballots.

De'Anthony may find himself leading the Heisman race in December.

Kevin Cline

De’Anthony may find himself leading the Heisman race in December.

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How De’Anthony can win:

Oregon has a highly favorable schedule in 2013, but the marquee matchup will come on November 7th, a Thursday night when the Ducks fly south to play Stanford.  A likely top-5 matchup, the game will be televised on ESPN and is DAT’s best opportunity to showcase himself to East Coast voters (who rarely stay up late enough to watch West Coast games).  DAT needs to go Full-Momba in this game, and must use the momentum of a Duck victory to propel his name to the front of the Heisman race.  De’Anthony will get his stats in early season games like always, but he needs to produce in Pac-12 games toward seasons’ end to keep his name fresh in the mind of Heisman voters, and his #6 in SportsCenter’s top-10.

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Predictions:

Top-six Heisman finish: Mariota, Bridgewater, Braxton Miller, Clowney and UCLA’s Brett Hundley.

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Stats
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  • 175+ rushing attempts, 1300 yards, 13+ TD’s
  • 40 receptions, 500+ yards, 7 TD’s
  • 2 special teams TD’s

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Key variable:

Zero time missed due to injury.

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Brett Perez

Brett Perez

Brett is a graduate of Astoria High School and is currently a sophomore journalism student at the University of Oregon and member of the 2012-2013 Cheerleading team. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 211 in Astoria, and enjoys rock climbing and all fitness pursuits. Brett's favorite sport is baseball, with football a close second. Minoring in Spanish, he hopes to work with Latinos in Major League Baseball in some capacity in the future, either as a scout or translator.