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October 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

UW’s Greg Ducre ‘can’t wait’ for showdown with former teammate De’Anthony Thomas

Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas (6) during the first quarter against Washington on Oct. 6, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-21. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas (6) during the first quarter against Washington on Oct. 6, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-21. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Washington senior cornerback Greg Ducre grew up with Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas in Los Angeles. They were teammates at Crenshaw High School, and even at rival schools now, they remain close.

“Can’t wait, can’t wait,” Ducre said, looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown between No. 16 Washington and No. 2 Oregon at Husky Stadium.

Thomas, Oregon’s do-it-all junior star, sat out Oregon’s victory at Colorado last week with an ankle injury. Thomas is out of his walking boot this week, but it’s unclear if he will play against the Huskies.

“He said he’s trying to, but probably not,” Ducre said. “He said he’s trying to, though, so we’ll see.”

Thomas was injured while returning the opening kickoff two weeks ago against California. He rushed for six touchdowns in Oregon’s first three games, averaging 8.05 yards per carry.

“He’s a very, very tough, physical tailback. Very fast,” Ducre said. “We definitely want to keep him contained.”

Thomas told the Oregon website today he would only play if he was fully healthy.

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