The long awaited debut of five star running back and Oregon native Thomas Tyner might be days away.
The true freshman phenom spoke for the first time this week and said he’s healthy and ready to go.
“What I saw from him in practice today ( Monday ), he will be ready to play,’’ running backs coach Gary Campbell said on Monday.
Tyner, probably the most anticipated recruit in Oregon history, comes to Eugene with significant credentials and huge expectations.
Tyner, from Aloha, Oregon, holds ( high school ) single season records in rushing yards, ( 3,415 ),…touchdowns in a single game, ( 10 ),…and yards gained in a single game with 643.
Records are fine, but it’s Tyner’s speed the Ducks are drooling over.
Tyner holds the 100-meter ( Oregon ) record which he set with a time of 10.43.
“It’s a big change” said Tyner when asked about the difference from high school to Division 1 football.
“The size of players,…and the speed. It’s a whole different game,…I had to adjust to it. It took me a little bit, but I’m a lot more comfortable with it.”
On Saturday, Tyner was on the Oregon sideline but didn’t play in the decisive win over Nicholl’s leaving most wondering if his left ankle injury had actually healed or not.
“Yeah, I think so” answered Tyner when asked if he could have played.
“We were just being cautious about it. We were just taking it day by day.”
Now, as the Ducks moved to No. 2 in the new AP Poll and get ready to take the cross-country trip to Charlottesville to take on the Virginia Cavaliers, Tyner feels he’s ready to go and provide a spark to his team.
“Definitely” said Tyner.
“The first game going against a big school like Virginia is going to be a challenge, but we’ll see how it goes,…I’m excited.”
Since coming to Oregon and not having the opportunity to speak with the media because of Oregon’s freshman rules, most wondered how Tyner was handling the transition and was he adapting well to the high speed Oregon offense.
“Waiting,…I’m the kind of guy that doesn’t like to stand on the sideline” explained Tyner.
“I just want to go in and play,…watching on the sideline is hard for me. I’m hoping now I can do whatever it takes to get in there.”
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