Ducks D may need multipurpose threat Thomas
08:17 AM ET 11.13 | De'Anthony Thomas may soon find a new way to add highlights to his career reel. With Oregon's defense depleted by injuries, a UO source said Monday that it's possible Thomas will play defensive back when the No. 1 Ducks play host to No. 14 Stanford on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. "I wouldn't be surprised," the UO source said. Oregon's defensive secondary is particularly thin. The latest loss is to junior free safety Avery Patterson, who is out for the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Ducks' victory over California on Saturday, according to another UO source. ... Thomas was the nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect two years ago at Los Angeles' Crenshaw High School.