Darron Thomas Officially Signed by Portland Arena Football Team

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Thomas in his sophomore season against Stanford, one his best wins as a collegiate. Thomas bested Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck both times they faced (Photo credit: Rick Bowmer/US Presswire)

Former UO standout Darron Thomas is being brought back to the state of Oregon. The new Portland Arena Football team has signed Thomas to a free-agent contact, confirmed by head coach Matthew Sauk.

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Thomas had an illustrious career for the Ducks. His collegiate debut came in a loss to Boise State at home when the Ducks’ pulled his redshirt mid-game. Then after a redshirt in 2009, Thomas beat out Nate Costa for the starting quarterback job in 2010 guiding the Ducks to a national championship appearance. As a junior, Thomas brought the Ducks’ their first Rose Bowl victory in close to a century but surprisingly declared for the NFL Draft rather than returning for his final year of eligibility.

Thomas bounced around from league to league, never in the NFL, and now appears to have a long-term home in Portland.

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