PORTLAND, Ore. – A retired Ducks running back and former local high school star appears to be making a comeback on the gridiron.
John Canzano reports in The Oregonian that Thomas Tyner, who retired from football at the University of Oregon last year, will attempt a comeback and try to play for the Ducks’ in-state rival, Oregon State.
“I’ve wanted to be a Beaver my whole life,” Tyner told Canzano.
Tyner first received recognition at Aloha High School where he led the Warriors to a state championship in 2010. In a game during his senior season in 2012, Tyner rushed for 10 touchdowns and more than 600 yards. He was considered one of the best high school running backs in the country.
Tyner then went to Eugene with expectations that he would be a star in the Ducks high-flying offense. Tyner ran for 711 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman. He was the Ducks' third-leading rusher during his sophomore and junior seasons, including a 124-yard, two-touchdown performance in Oregon's 2015 Rose Bowl win against Florida State.
But Tyner missed the entire 2015 season due to a shoulder injury. That led to his decision in February 2016 to retire from football.
But Canzano reports the University of Oregon granted Tyner’s request for a release and after he finishes school in Eugene in a few weeks, he intends to talk with Beavers head coach Gary Andersen about joining the team. Due to an NCAA rule, Tyner can’t play for again for the Ducks.
Tyner told Canzano he didn’t like how his career ended at Oregon and the Beavers are the only team he is interested in playing for.
“I just wasn’t satisfied. I have to do this,” he said.