Thurmond Done for Year
The pre-season All-American had gotten off to a great start in 2009 and played instrumental roles in wins over Purdue and Utah, returning an interception and punt return for touchdowns in those two games, respectively. The fourth-year starter posted 17 tackles in three appearances this year in addition to being ranked second in the Pacific-10 Conference (21st nationally) in punt returns (15.0 avg.) and fifth in the league in kickoff returns (27.7 avg.).
Thurmond, who had been included on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, finishes his Oregon career scoring more touchdowns (5) than any other non-offensive player in school history, in addition to equaling a school record with three interception returns for scores, and tied for ninth on the school's all-time interceptions list (12).
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