Who Picks up slack at RB if Tyner out?

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Kevin Cline 

If Thomas Tyner is indeed injured and his ankle keeps him out of the lineup come opening weekend, Ayele Forde is the man who should get the carries left on the table.  No, the answer here isn’t to increase the number of carries for De’Anthony Thomas or Byron Marshall.

If Tyner is hurt, look for Ford to get some more carries

Ayele Forde

Forde has been overshadowed his entire career in Eugene, but it’s not really his fault.  He is a good enough back to start at a lot of major schools; however, we all know how running back-rich Oregon has been over the better part of the last decade.  If Tyner’s ankle forces him to miss time or doesn’t allow him to be properly prepared for the opener, don’t be surprised to see Mr. Forde trotting onto the field to carry the football.  He proved in short spells last year that he could be effective when given a chance.  He may not be the game-changer that Tyner and Thomas are, nor is he the ideal power back that Marshall is.  However, he is a determined running back that when given the opportunity won’t let his teammates down.  He will give all he’s got and more, and that is all you can ask as a fan, a coach or a teammate.

Obviously, we are all hoping that Tyner’s ankle injury is very minor, but we have to prepare for the worst and expect the best.  Either way, I think we will be in good hands regardless of who is carrying the ball come Saturdays this fall.

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Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman is a Senior at the University of Oregon.  He is a cinema studies major and communications minor.  Alex is from the Bay Area and grew up a Cal Bears fan due to many family members attending, but quickly transitioned into being apart of Duck Nation upon his arrival at the U of O.  Alex also works as an ESPNU campus connector as a representative of Oregon.  He hopes to break into the sports media and marketing world once he graduates in June.  All in all Alex is a huge Pac-12 and passionate Duck fan.  Alex would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about each and every one of his articles.  

  • Kenny Cobb

    I am so biased when comes to Forde and his ability on the field…but he is a great RB that has been overshadowed…he talent will be displayed!

  • Kenn Cobb

    I am so biased when comes to Forde and his ability on the field…but he is a great RB that has been overshadowed…he has developed and gotten stronger as an RB over the years…Oregon has great depth with RBs and I believe Forde will contribute a lot this season!

  • hoboduck

    It would be “nice” to have TT this year in a limited role, however; I just do not believe he is a “must” have this season.
    We will be great with him and we will be great without him. It just does not mean squat one way or the other this year. We are that loaded and that good.
    Go Ducks WTD

    • tsherman1

      Huh, what? Um, TT will be needed in a big way this year from what everybody else is saying. With my own eyes I can see we have BM, DAT, who we want everywhere and not stuck toting the rock every play, and then TT… Although I am a huge fan of Ayele and very proud of him, he is not a 2 deep back for Running Back U if given the choice of having TT.