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January 14, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Oregon QB Thomas turns pro

Considering the impact this might have on the Pac-12 race next season, feels like this news its own entry here as Oregon has announced today that quarterback Darron Thomas is turning pro.

Here’s a Tweet from the school’s Sports Information Department with the news. And here’s the official press release from the school.

Thomas had said in December he was coming back, but has obviously instead decided otherwise now, even though draft analysts wonder if he’ll even be taken, let alone how high.

Here’s a position review from the Eugene Register-Guard last week breaking down Oregon’s QB spot.

With Thomas gone, the starting job will fall to Bryan Bennett, who will be a redshirt sophomore next season and was impressive in spot duty in 2011, including starting Oregon’s 45-2 win at Colorado.

As the linked Register-Guard story notes, Bennett had played well enough that some wondered if there might be serious competition for the starting job in 2012. So this may be more of a hit from a depth and experience standpoint — Oregon has had a history of injuries at the quarterback spot. Bennett’s backup will be Marcus Mariota, who will be a redshirt frosh in 2012 and was recruited by UW — at one point thought heavily leaning toward the Huskies — before signing instead with the Ducks. Here’s a quick thought on Thomas’ decision from CollegeFootballTalk.com. And here’s the take from the Eugene Register-Guard.

Washington plays Oregon early next season, on Oct.. 6 in Eugene.

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