Let the Thomas era begin.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP)—Darron Thomas will be No. 11 Oregon’s starting quarterback for the opener against New Mexico, taking over the Ducks after the dismissal of Jeremiah Masoli.
Thomas has been competing for the job against senior Nate Costa throughout fall camp. While Costa is more of a traditional passer, Thomas is more of a threat on the ground, much like Masoli.
Thomas, a 6-3, 212-pound sophomore, played in five games as a true freshman in 2008, completing 16 of 33 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
Called on when Oregon was hit by a slew of injuries, Thomas came close, but just missed on leading the Ducks to a come-from-behind victory at home against Boise State that season. The Broncos won 37-32.
He redshirted the 2009 season.
“I feel like I’m ready to go,” Thomas said when Oregon opened camp. “I hope it’s my time. I’ve been out here two years and gotten comfortable with the offense and I’m just building confidence.”