KR: De'Anthony Thomas - Oregon
Kick returner | Oregon
Thomas, a sophomore from Los Angeles, opened the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl by returning the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest all-purpose play in Oregon postseason history, eclipsing his 91-yard touchdown run against Wisconsin in last season's Rose Bowl, and the Ducks' fastest score in a bowl game (12 seconds). Thomas also caught a 23-yard touchdown pass, helping the Ducks take a 15-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Thomas had 120 yards on two kickoff returns, 60 receiving yards on four catches, and 15 rushing yards on two carries.