Report: Ex-Oregon RB returning to college football at Oregon State

Thomas Tyner's college career was known as a promising one cut short by injury -- until now, that is. 

The ex-Oregon running back, who retired from football in February of 2016 for medical reasons, is apparently attempting a college football comeback at the most unlikely of places. According to John Canzano of The Oregonian, Tyner is looking to re-start his career at Oregon State... 

Tyner requested his release from the University of Oregon on Friday. At 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, it became official and the former five-star running back who once rushed for 644 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in a single game for Aloha High School prepared to talk with Beavers coach Gary Andersen about playing for OSU next season.

"I've wanted to be a Beaver my whole life," Tyner said.

That interesting quote aside, Canzano's story is a worth a read since it dives into Tyner's story over the last year or so. The former five-star running back has dealt with shoulder injuries over the life of his football career. He missed the 2015 season with a left shoulder injury he actually suffered the season before against Washington

Tyner rushed for 711 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman. As a sophomore, he rushed for 573 yards and five touchdowns, but dealt with injuries -- including the one to his shoulder -- that cost him most of five games that year.

Oregon State has not yet officially announced that Tyner has joined the team. 

It's not often that a player who retires for medical reasons returns to the game. The NCAA prohibits those who do return from re-joining the same program

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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