Thomas Tyner will sit out the 2015 season and is reportedly saddened by the turn of events but is looking forward to a healthy 2016 season.
Tyner rushed for 573 yards last season scoring five touchdowns. His best game was against Florida State in the Rose Bowl where he rushed for 124 yards and crossed the goal line twice.
In 2013 Tyner rushed for 711 yards and was named a second team freshman All-American. His best game of his career was in 2013 against Oregon State where he carried the ball for 140 yards and a touchdown.
Tyner was considered part of Oregon's one-two punch along with sophomore Royce Freeman. Now the Ducks look to pair up Freeman with another back, likely senior Byron Marshall who is listed as a wide receiver on the current roster. Marshall was a 1,000-yard rusher in 2013 but was the team's leading receiver last year with 1,003 receiving yards. Marshall is the first Pac-12 Player to have been both a 1,000-yard receiver and rusher during a career.
Other players that may see increased playing time because of Tyner's absence include redshirt sophomore Kani Benoit, redshirt freshman Tony Brooks-James and freshman Taj Griffin. While Benoit saw some action last season, the only game experience James has at the Division I level was the Oregon spring game last April. While Griffin was enrolled at Oregon and worked out with the team during spring workouts, he did not participate in the spring game.
The news of Tyner's injury which was first reported by Comcast Cable Sports Northwest's Aaron Fentress on Sunday morning based up on a conversation with Tyner's father.
Oregon starts fall camp on Monday with the first game of the season scheduled against Eastern Washington on Sept. 5, at Autzen Stadium. Oregon’s will then face a major challenge the following week when it travels to East Lansing, Mich., for a return match up with Michigan State. Oregon defeated MSU last season, 46-27 in Eugene.