The highly-anticipated debut of true freshman RB, Thomas Tyner, did not disappoint. On his first carry, he scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, powering through last-effort tackles by Virginia at the goal line. On his fourth carry, he scored on a 31-yard touchdown run by cutting back to the middle of the field on a slant to the right, allowing only fingertips to brush him as he scampered in to the endzone. Both carries in between touchdowns went for first downs and more than ten yards a pop.
One thing is obvious: the back from Aloha can ball.
Duck fans got to see Tyner only briefly at the end of the 59-10 blowout in Charlottesville – will this week be any different? The stage is set for a similar showcase of talent against Tennessee. As 28-point favorites heading into gameday, many believe the Duck starters will be benched once again, by the fourth quarter. But don’t expect the coaches to wait that long to put in Tyner – aka, ‘Dash.’
Tyner encompasses everything you could want in a power back, but he has also run a 10.35, 100-meter dash. After being held out of the season opener due to an injury sustained in fall camp, Tyner was used on only two drives last week at Virginia — expect him to see the field earlier and more often, against the Vols.
De’Anthony Thomas has serious speed, but the coaches may not want to run him up the middle too many times against a huge Tennessee defensive line. Byron Marshall has the beef to sustain hits from such size, but he can’t do it alone.
Expect Tyner to touch the ball a few times in the first half and to get as many as 10 touches against the Volunteers. He has the size and speed to match any back in the country, and this is the perfect game to welcome the youngin’ to college football. You can count on Tyner to show the ‘Almighty SEC’ just what a 5-star recruit from the northwest looks like.