Oregon RB Thomas Tyner, a former five-star recruit, retires from football
Oregon announced Friday that running back Thomas Tyner, a former five-star recruit and the nation's top-rated rusher, was retiring from football.
Oregon announced on Friday that running back Thomas Tyner is retiring from football. According to coach Mark Helfrich, the reasons for Tyner's retirement are injuries he suffered that caused him to miss the 2015 season.
“We thank Thomas and wish him well,” Helfrich said in a statement. “We will continue to support his efforts to graduate from the University of Oregon.”
It was reported in August that Tyner would miss the 2015 season to undergo surgery on his shoulder. The injury originally occurred in an Oregon game against Washington during the 2014 season. Tyner had been experiencing "lingering pain and discomfort" in the shoulder.
Tyner was a much-hyped recruit when he came to Oregon as an in-state product from Aloha High School. He was not only a five-star running back in the 2013 recruiting class but the No. 1 running back in the entire country that year.
In his freshman season with the Ducks, Tyner rushed for 711 yards and nine touchdowns. As a sophomore, he rushed for 573 yards and five touchdowns but dealt with injuries that cost him most or all of five games that season, including the shoulder injury that led to him missing the 2015 season.
While Oregon will still have stud running back Royce Freeman (1,836 rushing yards, 17 touchdowns in 2015) back next season, losing Tyner hurts. Running back is one of those positions you can never have enough talent at due to the attrition at the position.
But even if Oregon moves on without a beat, it's still a shame that a back with as much promise as Tyner showed coming out of high school, and in his first two years with the Ducks, is having his career cut short because his body is betraying him.
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