De'Anthony Marquies Thomas was born in Los Angeles, California on January 5, 1993. A running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, he was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Thomas played college football for the Oregon Ducks.
Thomas attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, where he played as a running back, a wide receiver and a defensive back at various points. In 2010, he led the team to the CIF Los Angeles Section State Championship, rushing for a total of 1,299 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 11.4 yards per carry. Meanwhile, on defense, he contributed 42 tackles and five interceptions. By the end of his high school career, he was regarded as a five star recruit by multiple analysts and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game.
Although he attracted the attention of the University of Southern California, Thomas ultimately decided to commit to the University of Oregon, in part due to a desire to play on offense, rather than as a defensive back. He went on to enjoy an excellent true freshman year in 2011, registering 2,235 all-purpose yards and setting a school freshman record with his total of 18 touchdowns. Thomas finished the 2011 season as the only player in the nation to have amassed at least 400 yards in rushing, receiving and kick returning. He was named as the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and was a first team All-Conference selection.
In 2012, Thomas continued to perform admirably for the team and amassed 1,757 all-purpose yards, again contributing 18 touchdowns. He further enhanced his reputation for scoring and averaged a touchdown every 9.2 times he touched the ball. Oregon went on to achieve a 12-1 record for the year and Thomas was a semi finalist for the Maxwell Award and a second team All-America selection. As a junior, Thomas missed three games through injury but still went on to register 1,353 all-purpose yards for the season. His performance against Virginia in September 2013 saw him record three rushing touchdowns and receive Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors.
After deciding to forgo his senior year, Thomas declared himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round, as the 124th overall pick.
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