Having retired after a rare shoulder injury, former Oregon Duck running back Thomas Tyner has announced his return to the game, leaving Eugene for a fresh start with the Oregon State Beavers. Tyner was regarded as one college football’s most electrifying at the position, as his final season resulted in Oregon’s 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship appearance. His choice in taking two years away from football resulted in frustration, as the fierce competitor in Tyner is now set to return to form.
Per the rules of the NCAA, Tyner is not eligible to return to Oregon, be it that players are officially withdrawn from their school once deciding to retire for medical reasons. Dissatisfied with the way his collegiate career ended, Tyner is now in prime position to work wonders in Corvallis.
Though injury prone, Tyner put up impressive numbers as a dual threat while in Eugene. As a freshman, he accumulated 711 yards rushing on 115 attempts, resulting in nine touchdowns, along with 134 receiving yards on 14 receptions. In his sophomore season, Tyner posted 573 yards on the ground and 67 receiving, with a total of six touchdowns from scrimmage. Redshirting in 2015, Tyner’s future was in doubt, as the former Oregon standout retired in 2016.
Tyner’s choosing to join Oregon State will provide the team with a huge boost. Accompanying Ryan Nall, he gives the Beavers a formidable one-two punch in the backfield. Having created a seismic shift throughout the state of Oregon, Tyner’s shocking and monumental decision significantly elevates expectations, ultimately heightening tensions come 2017’s Civil War.