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Thomas comfortable as the other quarterback

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Before the season started, Darron Thomas was the other quarterback for Oregon. So being the other quarterback in the national championship game doesn't faze him.

Cam Newton can have the spotlight.

Thomas said Friday he's just going to do his thing and show people what he can do on the field.

The sophomore, who was projected as the team's backup heading into fall camp this season, has thrown for 28 touchdowns and rushed for five more. But his value to the Ducks is based more on intangibles than numbers, like his calm under pressure.

On Monday, Thomas will share the stage with Heisman winner Newton when second-ranked Oregon plays No. 1 Auburn in the BCS title game in Glendale, Ariz.