UCLA football: Oregon expected to have De’Anthony Thomas ready

Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas, shown running against Tennessee defensive back Michael Williams in September, is expected to return from an ankle injury against UCLA this week.
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Just what an Oregon offense that is averaging 643.1 yards and 57.6 points per game needed: another game breaker.

Running back De’Anthony Thomas is expected to return from an ankle injury this week. Thomas had 338 yards rushing, averaging 8.0 yards per carry, in four games before the injury.

“You’ve got to make him go east and west, sideline to sideline,” UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr said. “He’s a one-cut guy. He can be by you in a second. It’s important to keep him in front of us.”


Byron Marshall, who has 746 yards rushing, has had four consecutive 100-yard games since Thomas was injured.

“They have weapons all over the field,” UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. “It’s a challenge.”


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