5-star running back Thomas Tyner is a very fast football player, but that's not the only skill that he's bringing to the table for the Oregon Ducks.
Tyner is easily the most prolific member of Chip Kelly's 2013 recruiting class so far, and he has the skills to be a star in Oregon's offense. He had a game in which he ran for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns on 38 carries, which was an Oregon state record mind you, so that goes to show you the kind of talent and star power that Tyner will be providing the Ducks.
Here's my complete scouting report on Tyner:
- Name: Thomas Tyner
- Hometown: Beaverton, Ore.
- School: Aloha High School
- Position: Running Back
- Height: 6'0" (247Sports)
- Weight: 207 lbs (247Sports)
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.30 (247Sports)
- Rankings: 5-star (Scout.com), 4-star (Rivals), 4-star (247Sports), 4-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
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Tyner obviously has exceptional speed, running a 4.30 40-yard dash according to 247Sports, but he's much more than just a finesse back. He's actually nothing close to being a finesse back. He does possess great size to go along with his speed, so I'd consider him more of a dual threat than anything.
He's the type of runner that you'd love to get in open space so that he can turn on his speed and go, but he's also not against lowering his shoulder and toughing it out between the tackles. Remember, he does have good size, so he'll be able to hold his own in short-yardage, power-running situations.
He's constantly running his feet and moving forward, and he'll make the second effort to get extra yards. Tyner also displays good vision, which allows him to juke defenders, but I see him as more of a straight-line runner who can out-run defenders to the second level.
Below, you can see his ability to make a quick read, cut and get up the field in a hurry. He also displays his willingness to lower his shoulder and pick up the extra yards. On this play, he's following the fullback's lead on a stretch play to the end. Notice how he makes his first read and cuts right before he hits the hole, which allows him to set up his blocks. Had he gone underneath the tackle, he would have ran into a defender.
Next, he plants his foot and cuts up field, which is where he's able to use his speed. Notice the small window that he was able to find and explode through.
Finally, he finishes the run by lowering his shoulder and running over a defender, which allows him to pick up over 10 extra yards.
On this play, he displays great patience, vision, explosion and power, and that's why I believe that he can be a complete back for Oregon.
Honestly, there's not much to dislike about Tyner coming into Oregon. He has a great combination of size and elite speed, so I believe that he can do just about anything that Oregon will ask him to do.
If anything, he may be a little bit too patient when setting up his blocks with his cuts.
Gaps are going to close a lot quicker at the college level due to defenders being much quicker and more athletic, so he'll need to learn how to find that middle ground between letting his blocks develop and just hitting the hole and making something happen.
This sounds very nitpicky, but that's how good Tyner is. You have to really search to find a negative to talk about.
Tyner can be the next great back to come through the Oregon system. He obviously has the speed and athleticism that fits its offensive scheme, but he's much more than just a speedy back who can make big runs.
He's an underrated power back, and that's a facet of his game that will surprise many people. Not only will he be able to make the home-run plays, but Oregon will be able to give him the ball and ask him to pick up a few tough yards between the tackles.
Tyner is actually being a bit underrated, but I see superstar potential. Even though his speed is a main talking point, I see a complete back.