A week ago, moments after his Ducks had just finished off a convincing win over Nicholls, head coach Mark Helfrich told the media that the Ducks used all of the players that were healthy and eligible played against the Colonels.
Super-recruit Thomas Tyner didn’t see the field last week, confirming for some that he was hurt in fall camp, but no such precautions were made this week.
After Dior Mathis gave the Ducks outstanding field position thanks to a 97 interception return Tyner made the most of his first collegiate carry, taking it right up the middle for the score.
On the Ducks next drive they again went with Tyner, who eventually scored on a 31 yard run set up by a cut that Helfrich described as instinctive. Despite the early success to the college game–to the tune of 51 yards and two scores on four carries–Tyner said he still has a lot to learn.
[gn_quote style=”1″]”Size and speed is a definite change from high school to college, I got a little experience in that in the Army game (U.S. Army All-American game) but it’s a whole different level,” Tyner said. “I could really tell on the first carry how big they are and seeing the linebackers and seeing how big they were.”[/gn_quote]
The Ducks’ next game will be on Saturday as they play host to the Tennessee Volunteers.