All DAT: 'We just got to win the day, everyday'

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Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas runs with the ball for a touchdown against Stanford during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

EUGENE, Ore. - The last time we saw De'Anthony Thomas, the "Quack Mamba" was striking Wisconsin all over the Rose Bowl.

There was a 91-yard blur.

And a 64-yarder.

"I had some pretty good runs in that game," Thomas told KVAL Sports, "but I am not really satisfied with that."

The road to Pasadena started with DAT's collegiate debut at Cowboys Stadium against LSU.

"That first game, that LSU game, I was just having fun out there, just freestyling," Thomas recalled. "But you know at halftime I finally realized: I am finally playing college football."

Two fumbles in week one to just three the rest of the way: seemingly everything Thomas touched turned to gold - or at least it moved the chains or put 6 points up on the board.

"Any time I do touch the ball, I either want to get a first down or a touchdown, just positive yards," he said.

The All-American kick returner was also the second-leading receiver for the Ducks and third in rushing.

With LaMichael James gone to the NFL, those touches are going to increase.

"To this team, LaMichael, he led by example for this team, and you know he was a great big brother to me," Thomas said.

Coming from Crenshaw High in Los Angeles, Thomas was all but set to play for USC. But with the Trojans facing sanctions, Thomas jumped at the chance to be a Duck.

"We just got to win the day, everyday," Thomas said. "Next thing you know, we will be playing in that national championship."

USC may have won the first go-around last season, handing the Ducks one of only two losses all season.

But like many Duck fans, Thomas has Nov. 3 circled on the schedule when the Ducks get to take on the preason No. 1 Trojans on USC's home turf.

It's familiar territory for Thomas.

"When I was in high school, I won two championships at the coliseum, so it's going to be great," he said. "I got the feeling of that field."

As for his relationship with rapper Snoop Dogg, who nicknamed a young Thomas the "Black Mamba, KVAL Sports wanted to know: has Thomas converted the Dogfather into a Duck fan?

"He said he was going to come to one of the games sometime, so we'll be waiting for that," Thomas said, "but he'll be a Duck some day."