Oregon has turned into the new “Tailback U” with its line of recent spectacular running backs and it appears commit Thomas Tyner is going to continue that tradition.
That’s because Tyner, a senior at Aloha H.S. in Beaverton, OR, and the 28th-ranked recruit in the nation according to Scout.com, ran for a mind-boggling 643 yards and 10 touchdowns on 38 carries in an 84-63 victory on Friday night. If you’re scoring at home, Tyner averaged 16.9 yards per carry. Making the game even more special? All this came on Tyner’s 18th birthday.
The state sprint champion’s rushing total and touchdowns were Oregon state records but shockingly didn’t set national records. He’s now third behind John Giannantonio of Netcong, N.J. (754 yards in 1950), and Paul McCoy of Matewan, W.V. (661 yards in 2006). Tyner’s 10 touchdowns is tied for third behind two players that rushed for 12 touchdowns in a single game.
Needless to say, opposing Pac-12 defensive coordinators that already have to game plan for the phenomenal duo of Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas probably feel sick to their stomachs right now.