Duck speedster Thomas will enter NFL draft

2014-01-05T16:44:05Z 2014-01-05T22:41:04Z Duck speedster Thomas will enter NFL draftThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 05, 2014 4:44 pm  • 

EUGENE, Ore. — Versatile Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Thomas announced the decision Sunday via GoDucks.com, the school’s athletic website.

Known for his speed, Thomas finishes his college career with 5,345 career all-purpose yards, trailing only LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner on Oregon’s career list. Thomas holds Duck records for kickoff return yards with 1,885 and a 17.1-yard punt return average.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Los Angeles native ran for two touchdowns in the 2012 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The next season in the Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, he ran the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

This season he was sidelined for nearly four games because of a right ankle injury.

GoDaddy Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. — Allen Muse caught a game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass from Fredi Knighten with 32 seconds left to give Arkansas State a 23-20 win over Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday night.

The Red Wolves (8-5) blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt by Ball State as time expired.

Ball State (10-3) had taken a 20-16 lead with a 1-yard scoring run by Jahwan Edwards with 1:33 remaining.

Strong excited for Texas challenge

AUSTIN, Texas — Charlie Strong left a Louisville program that needed to punch its way into the national spotlight for the Texas Longhorns, who live smack in the middle with their enormous wealth, swagger, political intrigue and championship expectations.

And that’s just the off-the-field stuff.

On the field, he inherits a team mired in mediocrity with a 30-21 record over the last four years, but still talented enough to come within 30 minutes of winning a share of the 2013 Big 12 title.

Strong will be introduced as the Texas football coach today. In a statement released by the school Sunday, Strong said he was excited to be taking over one of the “premier programs” in the country.

“Texas is one of those places that is always on your radar and a program anyone would dream of being a part of because you have a chance to compete on a national level every year,” Strong said. “It’s special because it has such great history, pride, tradition and passion for football.”

Strong, 53, went 37-15 in four years at Louisville.

Extra points

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami football coach Al Golden said Sunday he is not a candidate for any other job, ending days of silence and speculation about his future with the Hurricanes.

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