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Friday local sports roundup: USTFCCCA selects Duck as top college assistant; Suh re-signs with Bucs

THOMASBen Thomas, associate head coach at the University of Oregon, has been named Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Thomas was one of three finalists, joining Travis Geopfert of Tennessee and Todd Lane of LSU.

Thomas, from Lynchburg, Virginia, began his coaching career at a Virginia high school in 1992. He came to Oregon in July 2019, hired by head track and field coach Robert Johnson after 17 seasons as head cross country and distance coach at Virginia Tech, where he had 74 NCAA All-Americans.

Thomas also was the national assistant coach of the year in 2017, and is an eight-time regional assistant coach of the year.

The Ducks qualified six runners for this year's NCAA Indoor Championships and had eight top-10 all-time marks, with collegiate records set in the 1,500 meters (James Wst, 3 minutes, 36.93 seconds) and distance medley relay (West, Charlie Hunter, Cooper Teare and Jacob Miller, 9:24.52).

Former Grant High defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Suh, 33, has agreed to a one-year, $8-million contract with the Bucs, who recently added free-agent quarterback Tom Brady.

Suh has played 10 NFL seasons since leaving the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The former Heisman Trophy finalist and 2009 All-American has made tackles in the NFL, with 61.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, one interception and three defensive touchdowns, in 164 games.

Suh was the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft.

He began with the Detroit Lions (2010-14), then played for the Miami Dolphins (2015-17) and Los Angeles Rams (2018).

Tampa Bay had a solid defense in 2019. The Bucs limited opponents to 73.8 yars rusing per game.

Sun had 41 tackles, 14 quarterback hits and 2.5 sacks last season.


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