Was De’Anthony Thomas’ Injury a Blessing in Disguise?


Steve Francis

De’Anthony Thomas took the opening kickoff to what looked like could be a promising start.  He tried to make a quick cut on the wet surface and rolled his right ankle, before being blasted by a Cal defender.  Just like that, De’Anthony’s night was done and from then on, it was a “next man up” mentality.

Second-string running back Byron Marshall had struggled the last two games rushing a combined 72 yards and was in desperate need of a confidence boost.  Saturday was just what he needed, as he rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.  Freshman phenom Thomas Tyner made the most of his first career game of double-digit carries (13) rushing for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Byron Marshall pulls up with six!

Craig Strobeck

Byron Marshall pulls up with six!

While Marshall and Tyner made up for De’Anthony’s injury on the ground, Bralon Addison did equally in the department of excitement. Addison had 2 punt returns for touchdowns, with one reminiscent of Thomas’ last year against Colorado in which he made the Buffs’ defense look silly with his great speed and field vision.

De’Anthony Thomas is undoubtedly the Ducks’ most versatile and biggest game changer.  With his injury Saturday, players were forced into situations they were not accustomed to – and shined.  Down the road, if De’Anthony is to get hurt again — or even if he doesn’t  – Helfrich will know these guys can get the job done.





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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock

  • Dug Fur

    Addison’s “67 yd” return:
    I watched this on youtube this morning and mapped it out.
    Punt caught near the 35 yl at the far hash. Backtracked to the 30 and ran into some guy in green. Ran along the 30yl to the near hash and curved over to the near sideline at the 45yl. Crossed midfield, curved back to the near hash on the 40yl and the far hash at the 33. About 1yd off the far sideline at the twenty and down the sideline. Not counting the jukes and missed tackles this comes to, more or less, 125yd.s


    Great article! I can’t wait to see Tyner get the ball more. I think he is going to do big things at Oregon.

    • Luc Hancock

      Thanks! I appreciate your support