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Head coach Mark Helfrich has liked what he's seen in Tyner thus far.
It's one thing to hear fans get excited about a major recruit, but message board chatter can be taken with a grain of salt.
What matters more is what coaches and analysts are saying, because they're the ones studying his game tape and watching him in practice each day.
Thomas Tyner has been a known commodity in the state of Oregon for quite some time after he led his team to a championship as a sophomore. But he really exploded on the national scene after his 10 touchdown performance last September.
In this Sports Illustrated Recruiting Roundup from a year ago, author Mike Farrell labels Tyner as a "budding star." He goes on to say that "when healthy, there is no running back in this class who has a better combination of size and speed."
It's precisely those skills that have fans so excited about what he might do for the Ducks' offense. But it's the beginning of the quote that caused some to worry, as Tyner was hampered by injuries throughout his junior season.
Still, Aloha head coach Chris Casey makes it a point to mention his heart and determination in this profile of Tyner from The Oregonian.
"He's a lion," Casey said. "He goes hard all the time, no matter what. That won't change."
This statement rings especially true considering Tyner routinely carried the ball upwards of 25 times a game throughout high school.
So far, it appears that Tyner has lived up to his hype in fall camp. Of course, seven days of practice doesn't mean a whole lot with two more weeks and an entire season ahead of him, but a solid start is a welcome sign for Duck fans.
In this recap of Friday's practice, Mark Helfrich talked about the young guys learning to persevere through the pace of practice and heat of the summer sun. He then mentions that he was pleased with Tyner, noting "he got better."
Beat writer Rob Moseley offered his own observation in a report from yesterday, citing Tyner's hands as something that has stood out during camp thus far. Moseley also adds that he didn't see Tyner drop a single pass over the past couple practices.
So what does Tyner himself have to say about his journey, which may still be just beginning?
If you follow him on twitter, you'll first notice his love for Aloha and his hometown buddies. Here's a terrific example of him voicing those thoughts:
"Nothing will ever replace home and all the friends I have in it!"
He's also provided us with further evidence that Oregon may have the most physically taxing practices in college football, at least from a conditioning standpoint.
Tyner tweeted, "That conditioning test was no joke lol".
And finally, even with his affinity for his hometown, it appears that Tyner is settling in quite nicely to the Oregon Ducks' way of doing things, offering up these words that former coach Chip Kelly would be proud of:
"We don't win games if we don't win the day every day."