Darron Thomas Injury: Oregon to Succeed Even Without Star QB

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2011

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 06:  Darron Thomas #5 of the Oregon Ducks throws the ball against the California Golden Bears on October 6, 2011 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The Oregon Ducks beat Arizona State yesterday. This is an expected outcome but they did it without Lamichael James and Darron Thomas and that makes it a bit of a different story.

Lamichael James dislocated his elbow in the last game, which was a 43 – 15 win over California.

Now Darron Thomas left this game with a leg injury in the 41 – 27 victory over Arizona State.

With the two stars missing there is one thing to learn. Oregon is a better team than most had thought.

With Darron Thomas out and this means that his 15 touchdowns and 1040 yards will be missed and without Lamichael James that means his 852 yards and eight scores are gone too.

Oregon is a big school and is able to recruit more talent than they know what to do with.

The ducks had trouble starting to get the running game going against ASU but once it started to gather momentum fans got to watch second string running back Kenjon Barner take over.

Barner posted 171 yards and one score yesterday. His average production is not what Lamichael James produces but it is more than enough to keep Oregon’s head above water while James is out.

Darron Thomas’s replacement, Brian Bennett only had five pass attempts in the game.

Bennett looked poised in the pocket and mature as a freshman.

Thomas was smiling on the sidelines because he knew that he left Oregon in good hands and ultimately has a predecessor when he is gone.

Oregon is currently ranked No. 9 and truly should be rising after putting on a display that should ease the minds of many fans and critics.