Darron Thomas Declares For 2012 NFL Draft, Will Forgo Senior Season

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: (L-R) Bryan Bennett #2 and Darron Thomas #5 of the Oregon Ducks celebrate the Ducks 45-38 victory against the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Darron Thomas will forgo his senior year at Oregon and enter the 2012 NFL Draft, the school announced on Saturday.

Well, this one came out of nowhere: Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas has decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and declare for the 2012 NFL Draft. Just one month ago, Thomas said he would return to Oregon -- which made plenty of sense at the time, and still does -- but something changed as the deadline to declare neared.

The news comes from Oregon SID Andy McNamara.

To say this is puzzling would be quite the understatement. As word of Thomas' intentions broke, it was met with confused mutterings and laughter, in some cases, on Twitter. Thomas did engineer an incredibly successful offense at Oregon, but his passing ability has left much to be desired. And while Oregon did sport that high-powered offense, much of its potency stemmed from the rushing attack, with Thomas, LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas all making plays with their legs.

With Thomas gone, it's likely Bryan Bennett will head into spring camp atop the depth chart. Bennett saw significant action earlier this year as Thomas was sidelined with injuries.

For more on Thomas' decision, visit Addicted to Quack and SB Nation Seattle.

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