Thomas Tyner missing from the Ducks' football roster
EUGENE, Ore. - Fall Camp started out with some bad news for the Oregon Ducks. The team's roster was passed out Monday, but a big name was missing from the lineup - Thomas Tyner.
Tyner had surgery on his shoulder that he injured on a kick return in October.
In his two years at Oregon, Tyner rushed for just under 1,300 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He came to the Ducks as a promising player, but now, there's no word on when he'll suit up again.
"He is not going to be in Fall Camp and his availability after that remains to be seen, but just how things played out, we added a different guy at that position through fall camp," said Head Coach Mark Helfrich.
When asked if he expects Tyner back for the spring, Helfrich said they don't put time tables on those things.
Byron Marshall appears to be the one who would fill the position. He ran for more than 1,000 yards in 2013. Then last season, he made the move to receiver and had more than 1,000 yards at that position.
He said he is comfortable making a return to the backfield.
"I wouldn't say preferred over wide receiver, but I enjoy it. I don't have a favorite position, receiver, running back, or whatever. Running back is more home, if you know what I mean? I started with that and I played that my whole life. I don't really care. I just want to help the team and I want to win," Marshall said.
"It will be dispersed through the rest of the guys. Just guys that you kind of go into fall camp that they will be 'X' percent wide receiver and 'Y' percent tail back and just kind of fiddle with those percentages a little bit," Helfrich said.
Position assignments will be more established as the season draws closer.