When De'Anthony Thomas runs, everyone else stands still. At least it usually looks that way.
Watch Thomas take this punt back with just over 11 minutes left in the second quarter on Saturday. Once you're done watching it once, watch it again. He sets up his blockers perfectly, negotiating his way along the sideline, and it's all over once he hits the open field.
It's not enough that Thomas returned the ball 70-plus yards for a touchdown. Being able to gather a bouncing ball while strafing backwards is nearly impossible with defenders bearing down, but returning it for a touchdown is just absurd.
College football fans shouldn't be shocked by this. Thomas is nicknamed "Black Mamba" for a reason. He weaves his way through opposing teams on a regular basis, often scoring before many even know what happened.
This is Thomas' first punt-return touchdown of the season. Before this, his longest return was 48 yards. Last season, as a freshman, he returned two kickoffs for scores, but he never returned a punt all the way to the end zone.
Thomas' play against Colorado on Saturday further solidifies the notion that he is college football's most dynamic playmaker. Sharing touches with Kenjon Barner has hurt his production a bit, but that doesn't negate his magnificent open-field ability.