When it comes to college football there are teams that overcome adversity and teams that create adversity for other teams. Over the last few seasons the Oregon Ducks have been the creators of that adversity for opponents and several players have had key roles. Over the next few days we’ll take a look at current and future players who will look to create opportunity for the upcoming 2014 season. These are in no particular order, but I see each player on the list to have a solid 2014 season. We will start on Offense at Running Back with Second Year Sophomore Thomas Tyner.
In 2013 Tyner had a solid Freshman year campaign showing off his speed in key spots. He finished the season third in rushing for the team, second for a running back. Starter Byron Marshall and Quarterback Marcus Mariota finished ahead in rushing yards. Mariota had 715, Tyner finished with 711 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. Tyner was also effective as a receiver out of the backfield with fourteen receptions for one-hundred thirty four yards. With the departure of De’Anthony Thomas to the Kansas City Chiefs look for Tyner to continue excel in 2014.
Following the Spring Game the question was asked to Head Coach Mark Helfrich about Tyner’s approach to the game. He said Tyner is becoming something that Oregon looks for as far as a runner. He is among the first to arrive and the last to leave practice. His work ethic has greatly improved in his time with the Oregon Ducks. His commitment should pay off nice dividends for the upcoming season.
For those of us in Oregon, Thomas Tyner is already a household name. It shouldn’t take much for him to become a household name throughout the country this upcoming season. His speed is lethal. I see him being a key target again in the 2014 season.
The Oregon Ducks kick off the 2014 campaign against South Dakota on Saturday, August 30th. (7:30pm PT, Pac-12 Networks)
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