Despite only being sacked 21 times in his two years as the starting QB at Oregon, Darron Thomas’ pocket presence is another weakness that he will need to address going forward.
The number of times that Thomas was sacked is another misleading statistic as the quick-hitting nature of Oregon’s offense played a large role in opposing defenses rarely getting to Thomas. When opposing defenses did a solid job in the secondary, Thomas struggled in the pocket.
Thomas, when faced with a strong opposing pass rush, routinely held on to the ball too long instead of throwing it away. This can be attributed to Thomas’ sometimes poor presence as he appeared completely oblivious to oncoming defenders. Also Thomas could at times get “happy feet” in the pocket which relates back to mechanical issues.