Oregon Football: 3 Reasons Why Tyner Won't Pull a Johnny Manziel
Manziel had a record-breaking season with over 4,600 yards of total offense and 43 touchdowns, but he quite possibly won the award not because of his stats, but because he led the Aggies to an upset victory over then-No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
With Manziel's success, many fans and pundits will be looking at this year’s class to find what freshmen could have a chance at winning the Heisman Trophy in 2013.
Duck fans: Please don't expect Thomas Tyner to be making a trip to New York as only a freshman.
While Tyner is incredibly talented—see his 6'0", 215-pound frame coupled with 10.35-second speed in the 100-meter dash—and will fit into Oregon's system perfectly, it's just not realistic to put Heisman expectations on an 18-year old kid.
Manziel Wasn't a True Freshman
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Not to take anything from Manziel's stellar season, but Manziel was a redshirt freshman.
The extra year to adjust to not only college football, but also college in general, was a huge aid to Manziel being able to take home the Heisman this season.
At the time he faced Alabama, Manziel was just 26 days away from being 20 years old.
Tyner will have success as a true freshman, but you can't expect an 18-year-old kid trying to make the transition to college football and the university level to make a run at the Heisman as a true freshman.
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As long as Thomas Tyner is an Oregon Duck, his ability as a football player will always come under fire.
Oh, the Pac-12 faces no real competition. Johnny Manziel did what he could against SEC teams that could beat NFL teams. Tyner running all over Colorado means nothing.
Oh, he's just benefiting from Oregon's spread offense. He's an okay football player, but he's just a system guy.
All of the bias Tyner will be receiving is unjustified, but he will still have to go through it in today's media-crazed world.
Tyner Won't Be the Featured Guy
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Tyner will still be playing a big role in Oregon's offense his freshman season, but he won't be the featured guy.
Sophomore Byron Marshall will still receive his fair share of carries.
De'Anthony Thomas will still be utilized in the running game just as much as he was this year.
Incoming freshman Dontre Wilson, who is expected to be used in a similar way to De'Anthony Thomas, will also receive around 45 carries next season.
Tight end Colt Lyerla will probably be used more in the run game next season.
And let's face it, when you play in a spread-option offense like Oregon's, you're going to utilize as many players as you can to keep your offensive skill players fresh.
This isn't a power-run team like Alabama or Georgia, where you give it to your running backs close to 50 times a game.
Tyner will get plenty of touches this season, but to expect him to carry the load like Adrian Peterson did his freshman season (339 carries; No. 2 in Heisman Voting) is ridiculous.
Tyner is a great football player—don’t get me wrong.
I'm not here to say that he is not talented enough to win the Heisman, because frankly, he's talented enough to do anything. But, Oregon fans, please don't enter next season expecting Tyner to be a legitimate contender for the Heisman Trophy.
Please don't put that kind of pressure on an 18-year-old kid trying to adjust to a completely different life.
If Tyner gets the number of carries that we all think he will, than he will have a 1,000-yard season in 2013, but not a Heisman-worthy season.