To Duck fans that follow Oregon high school football and/or recruiting closely, Thomas Tyner being named a top performer on day 2 of the U.S. Army Bowl practices by spectators should be no surprised. While used mostly in blocking situations on day one, which he proved to be more than adequate, Tyner was able to showcase his all-around football ability on day two. Strength, speed and his ability to catch out of the backfield were just a few of the notes on his performance (along with his six-foot 210 pound frame of lean, mean green and yellow muscle).
Tyner has garnered comparisons to many former Oregon runningbacks, most notably Jonathon Stewart, due to his obvious size and precise cutting ability. One of the more accurate comparisons seems to be that of Adrian Peterson. Yes, I said Adrian Peterson, that guy that was eight yards from breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season NFL rushing record. While it is certainly too early to tell what kind of numbers he will put up wearing the wings, and whatever other logo that becomes the signature of the Duck uniforms set two change in two seasons, comparisons like these should get Duck fans giddy for the local product from Aloha High School.