Oregon Football: Running Back Thomas Tyner Out For 2015 But Oregon Has Options


The Oregon Ducks begin Fall Practice today in anticipation of the 2015 season and they will do it without a key member of their Offense. Running Back Thomas Tyner will miss the season after having shoulder surgery on Friday to repair an injury suffered last season, according to Aaron Fentress from Comcast Sportsnet.

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When he came to Oregon, he was a 5-star recruit but has been injured during his time with the Oregon Ducks. Last season he was injured during a kickoff return against Washington. While it is a blow to Oregon who won’t have necessarily the 1A/1B punch with Royce Freeman and Thomas Tyner this season, it will give another player a big opportunity to step up into the Oregon Ducks ‘Next Man Up’ mantra, but who will it be? There are several options to fill the void.

The first, an most likely option in my opinion is Running Back/Wide Receiver Byron Marshall to step into the role. Marshall was a Running Back two seasons ago and last season jumped onto the stage as a Wideout, taking the place of Bralon Addison, who was lost with a knee injury in 2014. With Addision back for 2015, the transition back to his natural position seems to make sense, but there are also other options.

Two way player Charles Nelson, who had a coming out party during the Spring Game may be moved strictly to Offense for 2015. Nelson will likely be listed on Offense as a Wide Receiver, but he is versatile enough to play the Running Back position, if needed. The Ducks could also turn to Redshirt Freshman Tony Brooks-James, Sophomore Kani Benoit or True Freshman Taj Griffin.

Thomas Tyner will likely forgo his Junior season and have two years of eligbility remaining starting with the 2016 season.

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