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Saturday, September 10, 2011
'Black Mamba' strikes twice

By Blair Angulo

De'Anthony Thomas
Former Crenshaw star and inner-city legend and current Oregon Duck De'Anthony Thomas runs for a touchdown against the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Former Crenshaw star and inner-city legend De'Anthony Thomas scored two electrifying touchdowns and had 204 all-purpose yards Saturday in Oregon's 69-20 drubbing of Nevada at Autzen Stadium. The freshman sensation entertained the home crowd with scoring receptions of 24 and 69 yards. He had 81 rushing yards on eight carries and tacked on 30 yards in kick return duty.

The performance by Thomas, who was notoriously pegged as "Black Mamba" by rapper Snoop Dogg, might have set off mixed feelings across Los Angeles. He was a longtime USC commit before switching to the Ducks on National Signing Day. Thomas led Crenshaw to back-to-back City Section titles. He rushed for 1,299 yards on just 114 carries (11.4 average) with 18 touchdowns, and made 16 catches for 359 yards (22.4 average) as a senior last fall.

Just two weeks into the college football season, Trojans fans could very well be wondering what might have been.