Oregon Ducks running back Thomas Tyner, a freshman from Aloha High School (Aloha, Oregon), enters his first season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Tyner was one of the premiere prep running backs in the country. As a senior at Aloha, Tyner rushed for 10 touchdowns… in one game! He went on to rush for 643 yards that night. Tyner, a two-time 6A OSAA state offensive player of the year, rushed for an Oregon high school record 3,415 yards in 2012.
Tyner earned a four-star ranking from ESPN and a five-star ranking from Scout, Rivals and 247Sports. Scout and Rivals each considered Tyner to be the No. 2 running back prospect for the 2013 class. Scout praised Tyner for his acceleration, breakaway speed and power while knocking him for his durability.
Here’s one scouting report of Tyner:
“Tyner is unbelievably fast and seems to be going full speed the moment a play starts. His world class speed combined with his 200lbs frame make him very hard to bring down. Tyner has dealt with injuries in the past, but the nature of the injuries don’t lead me to believe this is something he will continue to deal with. Needs to improve pass blocking and raise his focus play in and play out.” -Jake Worthen
Going into the 2013 season, Tyner will be one of the bright young players to watch. Oregon landed its crown jewel of the 2013 recruiting class in Tyner, and with Kenjon Barner graduating and there being an opening at the starting running back position, Tyner will be in a great position for a starting job. Don’t expect a redshirt to be tagged on him.