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.
Oregon QB Darron Thomas will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft #goducks— Andy McNamara (@McNamaraUO) January 15, 2012
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.