Steel re-sign QB Darron Thomas Apr 25, 2016 20:23:27 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Apr 25, 2016 20:23:27 GMT -8
April 25, 2016 -- The Portland Steel today have signed quarterback Darron Thomas, according to sources.
Thomas is the first starting QB in Portland history. He was originally the second signing announced by the Portland Thunder in October 2013. He started the first two games in Thunder history before giving way to Danny Southwick and, eventually, Kyle Rowley. Southwick, who has started the first three games of this season for the Steel, is has been waived to make room for Thomas' signing. Kasey Peters will continue to serve as the backup QB for the team.
“We are excited to add Darron to our team,” Steel head coach Ron James said in a statement. “Darron possesses a unique skill set at the quarterback position. He has played at a high level in college and is intent on becoming a consistent quarterback.”
Thomas completed 76 of 159 passes for 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 2014, Portland's inaugural season. He also rushed for 85 yards and 10 touchdowns. Both numbers led the team that season. During Portland's first-round playoff game against the Arizona Rattlers, he had a pick six while filling in at linebacker due to injuries on the Thunder's defense.
He holds the distinction of scoring the first touchdown in Portland history on a one-yard run in the first quarter of the team's March 17, 2014 game against the San Jose Sabercats.
He began the 2015 season as the backup to Rowley, but got his change to start in week 8, leading Portland to a 63-47 win over the Los Angeles KISS at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 229 yards and 6 touchdowns, and ran for a first quarter touchdown. For the effort, he was voted the Arena Football League's Most Valuable Player for the week. He also was named Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week.
Thomas' Portland career suffered a setback the following week at Orlando against the Predators, as he suffered a leg injury in the second quarter after being pushed into a wall.
Thomas completed 38 of 58 passes for 374 yards, 11 touchdowns and just a single interception. He also registered a rushing touchdown.
The former Oregon Duck was set to join the new MLFB, a spring football outdoor football league. Fellow former Oregon quarterback Chris Miller was also behind the formation of the league, but it never came to fruition.
Thomas is a 6'3", 215-pound native of Houston, Texas. While at Oregon, he led the Ducks to the BCS National Championship game in 2011, and a Rose Bowl title the following year. He entered the 2012 NFL draft, but was not selected.
Southwick completed 74 of 125 passes for 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season for the Steel. After playing for Portland in 2014, he served stints for the Spokane Shock and Los Angeles KISS last season.
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