Fans of the Oregon Ducks are itching to see freshman running back Thomas Tyner take the field, and they may have the opportunity to see just that this upcoming Saturday when the Ducks fly out east to take on the Virginia Cavaliers. Tyner, as you may recall, made a big name for himself on his eighteenth birthday, rushing for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single game for Aloha High School. Tyner possess the unbelievable speed the Oregon fans have come to expect out of their running backs, but he’s been hobbled by an ankle injury and didn’t play in the 66-3 win over Nicholls State on Saturday.
Gary Campbell, the running backs coach at U of O, explained why the Ducks kept Tyner out of the blowout victory:
He just hasn’t gotten a lot of practice in these last few days, so I decided we weren’t going to play him. I hate to throw him out there not really knowing what to do. I don’t want to hurt his confidence. I want him to be completely healthy – which I think he is now. We are just going to wait until next week (Oregon Live).
Of course, the Ducks already have De’Anthony Thomas and the underrated Byron Marshall at running back. A healthy Tyner playing up to even a fraction of his potential would relieve some of the workload from DAT and would give the Ducks another scary weapon to use in space. The Cavaliers won’t be a pushover, though. Virginia gave up only 3.5 yards per rush against the BYU Cougars on Saturday.
[Source: Oregon Live]