Oregon Ducks’ Thomas Tyner: This Year’s Freshman of the Year?

Byron Marshall

Scott Olmos – USA Today Sports

Thomas Tyner is the best recruit the Oregon Ducks acquired this offseason; could he be the best freshman in the entire nation?

Tyner made serious noise during his senior season when he rushed for an Oregon state record of 644 yards on 38 carries with 10 touchdowns in a single game.

He would go on to rush for 2,325 yards on 183 carries (an average of 332.1 yards per game) with 30 total touchdowns en route to a five-star ranking by Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Now the question becomes whether or not Tyner can carry that success with him on to the collegiate level and continue breaking records for the Ducks this season.

Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 215 pounds, Tyner has the prototypical size to be very successful for Oregon. As he continues to grow throughout college, Tyner could very well become the best in the nation.

As for this season, he could really stand atop the freshman running back class. Now Tyner won’t go after Adrian Peterson’s 2004 freshman season where he rushed for 1,925 yards, which is still a freshman record; but that doesn’t mean this season won’t be great for Tyner.

He is going to come in and see significant playing time for the Ducks, primarily as the backup for Byron Marshall — as De’Anthony Thomas is set to be a hybrid running back/wide receiver.

I foresee Tyner besting Marshall’s season last year — who had 447 yards and four touchdowns — pushing over 700 yards and six touchdowns.

Oregon lost Kenjon Barner and his 1,767 yards from last season; Marshall and Thomas aren’t going to be able to do it on their own.

Look for Tyner to be the best freshman running back in the nation, as he is enters his first of many successful seasons at Oregon.

 

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