DAT Back For UCLA

DAT Back For UCLA

EUGENE-The Ducks will have one of their top playmakers back when they face UCLA this Saturday. All-purpose star De'Anthony Thomas told media members Monday that he would play against the Bruins.

EUGENE-The Ducks will have one of their top playmakers back when they face UCLA this Saturday. All-purpose star De'Anthony Thomas told media members Monday that he would play against the Bruins.

Thomas has yet to take a snap from scrimmage in Pac-12 play, after injury his right ankle during the opening kickoff of the California game. Thomas was the team's leading rusher in the non-conference portion of the schedule, carrying 42 times for 338 yards and six touchdowns.

"I'm ready. I'm hungry and ready to get back on the field," he said.

In Thomas' absence the Ducks have still managed to average over 300 yards on the ground a game, with reserver runner Byron Marshall surpassing the century mark in each game.

Thomas said he was "pretty close this" this past weekend versus Washington State, but "felt like I should wait one more week to be on the safe side."

In what capacity Thomas will be used against the Bruins is still to be determined. But having the explosive DAT on the field is alway a home run threat.

Notable Quotables-

Quarterback Marcus Mariota

On body after WSU game:

"It wasn't too bad. Obviously you're going to have the usual soreness after a game, but I was pretty good.

On his first two fumbles of the season:

"Obviously I've got to take care of it a lot better. I was pretty nonchalant with it in the pocket. We can't have that. Luckily for us we were fortunate to come out with a win, some of these game next games we can't have that.

On first BCS rankings placing the Ducks third:

"We have no control over that. We're just going to continue to take it one day at a time.

Wide receiver Keanon Lowe

On blocking:

"They {defensive backs] take shots on us. I know how DBs are, so when I get my shots, I'm firing every time.

On teammates reaction to key block that sprung Thomas Tyner for 66 yard TD:

"Some of the guys said that was the best block they've every seen from a receiver, some of the linemen [said that].

Coach Mark Helfrich

On Marcus' fumbles:

"They weren't alarming. They were uncharacteristic mistakes. One of them was a communication thing, that was my fault. Another one he's waiting too long to make a play, slash could have had a little bit better protection.

On first BCS rankings placing the Ducks third:

"A lot of ball left to play and we play UCLA, is my reaction.

On defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti's post game comments (made during Sunday conference call):

"I know he's remorseful and (was) more or less caught in the moment of defending our players," Helfrich said. "We'll all learn from that and move on."

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