The love Duck fans are showing on Thomas Tyner is almost unpresidented. It’s rare that we, as Oregonians, get to root for one of our own in the Oregon Duck backfield. It’s almost as rare as a back rushing for six hundred yards and scoring ten touchdowns in a game. Fans are excited to see what he can do against elite opponents and on a national stage. But here’s the thing: I hope we don’t get to see him at all after the preseason schedule concludes.
Tyner is a perfect fit for the Oregon offense. So, however, is Byron Marshall. If you have seen his highlight reel on YouTube you’ve seen an incredibly patient runner who can cut hard and get deep into the secondary fast. He reminds me more of Barner plus fifteen or so pounds than he does of James. The tandem of Marshall and DeAnthony Thomas should be as good as any duo the Ducks have had since Mo Morris and Onterrio Smith. The Ducks will have Ayele Forde as the third option, and, barring injury, that should be more than enough.
If you are rooting for Tyner to get a bunch of carries next season then you’re probably unintentionally rooting for DAT or Marshall to be injured. In a perfect world, the Ducks don’t suffer any major injuries to their starters and Tyner will have an extra year of eligibility after Marshall is gone. That would be perfect.