May 1, 2014 6:18 PM

Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas may be small but has contributed mightily

These days, most people associate “Black Mamba” with NBA star Kobe Bryant, who assigned himself the nickname in 2007 out of respect for the snake’s ability to, in his words, “strike with 99-percent accuracy at maximum speed, in rapid succession.” But if you ask Oregon star playmaker De’Anthony Thomas, who goes by the same nickname, that probably shouldn’t be the case.

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