Thomas Tyner Ready to Play in Rose Bowl

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The Ducks may have an additional punch coming out of the backfield when they take on Florida State in the Rose Bowl. Thomas Tyner has been practicing and he recently told the Portland Tribune that he expects to play in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.

Thomas Tyner against Michigan State

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Thomas Tyner against Michigan State

This will be a huge boost for Oregon’s offense. The Ducks were 14th in the rushing yards this season. They’ve been a top ten rushing team since 2007 and led the nation in 2011. A lot of the “decline” in Oregon’s rushing attack directly correlates to the development of Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota’s success as a passer, but this was also the first time since 2007 that Oregon didn’t have a vicious one-two punch at the running back position.

Tyner came into the season as Oregon’s featured back. With Byron Marshall moving to wide receiver, it was Tyner who was expected to take on much of the load after rushing for 711 yards, and nine touchdowns on 6.2 yards per carry in a successful freshman campaign. But Tyner has battled nagging injuries all season (He hasn’t played since the Utah game.) and in his absence Royce Freeman established himself as one of the most lethal rushing threats in the country.

Tyner against Cal in the 2013 season.

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Tyner against Cal in the 2013 season.

The return of Tyner brings an element to Oregon’s offense that Florida State will have to game plan for. The Ducks could use some new/different packages that they haven’t shown in Tyner’s absence, and the Seminoles won’t be able to focus solely on Freeman. Oregon’s already dynamic offense just regained a key element.

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Tyler Robinson

Tyler Robinson

Tyler graduated from the University of Oregon's journalism program back in the spring of 2010. Tyler has loved the Ducks since the days of his youth, and that love has only grown as he's gotten older. Outside of Oregon football Tyler dives deep into Major League Baseball every year, and considers himself to be a baseball historian of sorts. He also has a Black Labrador named "Page" after Jimmy Page of the mighty Led Zeppelin. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, golfing, and snowboarding even if his skills are questionable at best in those areas.


    Tyner just makes it that much harder for FSU then W/O him! This team is finally at an Advantage as in everyone’s getting healthy at the right time. They have a totally different makeup from when they lost to Arizona earlier this year. You’d think the law of averages will happen eventually, Vegas thinks so.

  • Michael G

    I’m suspicious that these ‘injuries’ are more than they appear to be. My money is on Tyner leaving the Ducks after this season.

    I’m going to be ‘that guy’, and explain that a friend of mine who is a low level recruiter for the program, informed me before this season began, that Tyner was having some issues “fitting in”, and that he would probably transfer.

    Things that have been going on, have only confirmed those allegations, with him having these mysterious injuries, that keep him out for far longer than they should….I guess we’ll see…

    • Anthony Joseph Gomes

      so you are claiming that when the ducks claim he is injured he isnt really injured but having some sort of temper tantrum and refusing to play? mysterious injuries…mysterious unnamed sources….blah blah blah

    • BigBallzChipper

      Sorry Michael but I’m going to call your BS! See Tyner has already played two years at the O with only one year remaining before he can declare for the NFL. Why would he through that away specially since the shelf life of a RB is only 5 years at the next level why would he give up two years. He would have to sit out one year and then play the next to be eligible for the draft. He will be staying at this point no worries there Go Ducks!

      • dunkonyerhed

        Not only that but one of the Duck’s greatest strengths is finding ways to get their best players involved. Tyner is one of their best offensive weapons. Look how Oregon used Byron Marshall this year. Tyner will get his opportunities. He’s not a headcase like Lyerla was.

  • Anthony Joseph Gomes

    good news. tyner, freeman and marshall are all better backs than anything the noles have.

  • Travis Crum

    i think they could give the ball to freeman every time and no one could stop him. no on has yet. tyner is big, quick and talented but royce is a whole new beast. still hope tyner can get some good reps. that one spin-move td was epic. marshall also averaging 7.7 ypc. ducks led the pac-12 in rushing for the 9th consecutive season. plus mariota can throw ok too. looks good.

    • Jordan Ingram

      Crum: I witnessed Tyner’s spin move at Autzen that day and I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see in person. The kid is unreal and it has been so hard to see him on the sideline. I hope he gets some reps in the Rose Bowl alongside Freeman (btw, Freeman? What? Crazy good).