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Oregon Ducks to start Darron Thomas

Updated: August 27, 2010, 7:48 PM ET
Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- Darron Thomas will be No. 11 Oregon's starting quarterback for the opener against New Mexico, taking over the Ducks after the dismissal of Jeremiah Masoli.

Thomas has been competing for the job against senior Nate Costa throughout fall camp. While Costa is more of a traditional passer, Thomas is more of a threat on the ground, much like Masoli.

Thomas, a 6-3, 212-pound sophomore, played in five games as a true freshman in 2008, completing 16 of 33 passes for ...

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