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Darron Thomas will join LaMichael James in the NFL draft

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 14th, 2012 at 11:11 pm EST

Darron Thomas has shocked the Oregon football team with his decision.

Thomas has decided to enter his name in the NFL draft. As a result, he will forgo his senior season to play professionally.

Darron Thomas (Getty Images)

Darron Thomas (Getty Images)

Thomas made his announcement tonight. He will be joined by fellow underclassmen LaMichael James, who announced last week that he will enter the draft as well.

“I came to this decision on behalf of myself and my family,” Thomas said in a statement released by Oregon. “I have a dream of playing in the NFL and I’m going to pursue those dreams.”

Thomas did not want to be in a competitive battle for the starting position. He was going to be pressured by back up quarterback Bryan Bennett, who is expected to be the starter.

Bennett will now open up spring practice on April 3rd as the leader of the pack. He will have to beat out incoming freshman Marcus Mariota.

The Hawai’ian is a relatively unknown player until his senior year at Honolulu Saint Louis High School. During his final season, he helped St. Louis to an 11-1 record and a State Championship.

He was named the PrepStar Magazine All-West Region and Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year.

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