October 11, 2013 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Portland Thunder
PORTLAND, OR - Portland's Arena Football team has agreed to terms with former University of Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas, the franchise announced today. In two seasons as a starter, Thomas led the Ducks to a 24-3 overall record that included a berth in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.
"Darron is an outstanding quarterback with rare talent," said Head Coach Matthew Sauk. "He's accustomed to putting up a lot of points in a high-tempo environment, which is what we plan on doing offensively. I know that with his hard-working attitude, he will learn the arena game and make a quick transition."
Known for his outstanding athleticism and duel-threat ability, Thomas (6-2, 218, Oregon) flourished in Oregon's fast-paced offensive attack. The former Ducks signal caller set an all-time school record with 66 career touchdown passes and ranks sixth in school history with 6,629 yards in total offense.
Thomas earned the starting nod in 2010 and proceeded to direct the Ducks to the BCS National Championship Game while engineering the country's most prolific offense. Oregon finished first nationally in total offense (530.69 ypg) and scoring offense (47.00 ppg) while producing an undefeated regular season record. Thomas delivered 35 total touchdowns and earned second-team All-Pac-10 Conference accolades.
Thomas surpassed that production in his final collegiate season, throwing for a school record of 33 touchdowns in 2011 while adding three more scores on the ground. He led Oregon to its third-consecutive conference title and its second-consecutive 12-win season, including a 45-38 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl. Thomas finished as a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, presented annually to the nation's top quarterback.
Portland Team President Jared Rose stated the franchise would hold an introductory press conference for Thomas and Head Coach Matthew Sauk at a later date.
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