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Oregon Football: Projecting Thomas Tyner's 2013 Stat Line

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks talks with Oregon recruit Thomas Tyner from Aloha High School on September 1, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
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Nathan LoweryCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2013

It's the question on nearly every Oregon Duck fans' mind this season: How good will Thomas Tyner be in 2013?

The very short and simple answer is very good, but what about Tyner's stat line? What can we expect from the incoming freshmen from Aloha High School?

Scouting Report:

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 205 pounds

Tyner is rated as the No. 54 prospect and is the sixth best running back in the nation according to ESPN.

Most recruiting experts would agree that Tyner is the perfect for Oregon's spread offense due to his incredible speed.

Tyner was one of the fastest sprinters in the state of Oregon with 10.35-second speed in the 100-meter dash, and his speed transitioned well onto the football field.

Speed is not the only thing that Tyner will be bringing to the Ducks however.

Tyner, at 205 pounds, will be a sharp contrast to previous Duck running backs that have mainly been under 190 pounds.

That added 15 pounds of muscle have allowed Tyner to be a powerful runner, and he will rarely go down upon first contact.

Anytime you hand the ball off the Tyner, he's going to have a legitimate chance to score.

The 'Formula':

With the graduation of Kenjon Barner, and Mark Helfrich announcing that De'Anthony Thomas will not be a primary running back, Tyner will be set up for a great chance to get plenty of carries.

Byron Marshall will be stealing a good chunk of Tyner's carries and, he will most likely be the starter to open the season.

Marshall and Tyner should be receiving roughly 200 carries apiece, while Thomas and quarterback Marcus Mariota will get close to 70 carries.

The Stat line:


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