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Byron Marshall runs away from a Washington defender while TE Colt Lyerla watches from behind
It's going to be fun watching the Oregon backfield next year. With their workhorse Barner leaving, it is hard to know who will carry the load for the Ducks' rushing attack.
Many people are led to believe that De'Anthony Thomas will become the main contributor in the Oregon backfield, but that just isn't true.
Although Thomas is electrifying in the backfield, his build keeps him from carrying the ball consistently. Thomas and Oregon recruit Dontre Wilson will surely carry the ball throughout the season, but neither will be an every-down back.
The two running backs who will be taking on the brunt of the tackles next season will be Thomas Tyner and sophomore Byron Marshall.
Earlier in the season I expect that Marshall will be the featured back due to his experience with the system, but as the season rolls on, expect Tyner to fill in for Marshall.
It will be important for Oregon to keep its backfield fresh with the mixture of small-bodied runners and young talent lining up in the backfield.
Tyner will do his part and contribute greatly when he is called on.