Welcome Aboard Thomas
The Oregon Ducks got a sneak peak at their future this past week when Thomas Tyner, a 6’0”, 205-pound running back from Aloha High School (Ore.), rushed for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to an 84-63 victory over Lakeridge (Ore.).
He carried the ball 38 times.
The exceptional night was the all-time third-highest single game rushing total, according to the National High School Sports Record Book.
Thomas credited his offensive line, telling the Oregonian it was the “best in the state.”
The feat was beyond impressive, as it destroyed the state’s old rushing record of 508 yards, but the real note here should be what the Ducks were thinking when they saw this performance.
Oregon is getting this kid at the right time.
Tyner committed to the university back in November 2011 when the team had LaMichael James, Kenjon Barnerand a whole slew of talented players creating depth at the running back position.
He’ll join, however, next year when LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner have both left, and a number of other backs have transferred into different programs.
The Ducks lack depth at the running back spot this year, but with Tyner on board in 2013, the tradition of talent will continue to show.
Oregon has nine commits in their 2013 recruiting class and Tyner is ranked second on their list behind Dontre Wilson out of DeSoto, Texas.
But whether or not Tyner can be the best newcomer for the Ducks next year, he brings promise to a position that, while still extremely talented, has shrunk since the BCS title run just two season ago.
Tyner’s combination of size and speed is what makes him such a dangerous weapon. He has good field vision and he knows how to follow his blockers, but where he’ll make his living is breaking away from defenses in the open field.
ESPN has ranked Tyner as a four-star athlete with a grade of 84 out of 100, and has noted his key traits as ‘Playmaker,’ ‘Speed,’ and ‘Ball Skills.’
Nobody expects him to put up historic numbers on a weekly basis, but if he can come into Oregon and show the same kind of skill set he’s displayed thus far, he’ll be a welcomed addition to the Ducks’ backfield in 2013.