"Black Mamba" will get to be the featured back for the Oregon Ducks this upcoming season with the departure of Kenjon Barner. Watch out, Pac-12.
The diminutive Thomas chewed up 701 yards on only 92 carries for an astounding 7.6 yards yards per carry in 2012 after averaging an unreal 10.8 in his freshman season. He has also gone off for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns in two years as a receiver out of the backfield, to go along with his 18 rushing touchdowns. As for the kick returns? We're all familiar with those.
Even without Chip Kelly, Thomas will still have every opportunity to prove that he is the most explosive back in college football this season. Quarterback Marcus Mariota will not miss a beat with Thomas as the number one back.
Following in the footsteps of LaMichael James and Barner, Thomas has big shoes to fill. However, he has the ability to steal the Heisman, which is something those two fell just short of accomplishing.