Things don’t look like they’ll be slowing down in the Oregon Ducks offense anytime soon as the next great Oregon running back commit Thomas Tyner celebrated his birthday yesterday by giving head coach Chip Kelly and Ducks’ fans a pretty nice present.
Last night, Tyner exploded for a record-setting offensive performance. He rushed for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns for Aloha High in a victory over Lakeridge High. The output is an Oregon-state record and the third highest total in the history of high school football.
The explosive four-star running back broke off long touchdown runs of 65, 62, 60, and 60 yards among his dime of touchdown scampers. He averaged a preposterous 17 yards per carry and was a pretty obvious pick for a game ball after Aloha finished out the 84-63 win.
After the game, Tyner said he was going to celebrate the historic game and his birthday by going to bed. Yeah, that makes sense. The kid ran more than most teams do all season last night.
The Oregon Ducks have built a stable of explosive talent at the running back position that has keyed their success. Just in the last two years, they’ve enjoyed LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, and De’Anthony Thomas at the tailback position, all of whom have garnered some level of Heisman attention.
Tyner looks to be the perfect heir apparent for that running back legacy. His playmaking ability and unbelievable speed will make him right at home in the Ducks’ backfield and will keep Chip Kelly’s blur offense rolling right along nicely.
So enjoy Thomas Tyner’s birthday present to you, Duck fans. It’s a great big box of excitement for what’s to come.
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