Oregon running back Thomas Tyner, front right, runs past Florida State defensive back P.J. Williams during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
EUGENE, OR (KPTV) -
Oregon Ducks fans got some bad news on the eve of fall camp for the defending Rose Bowl Champions.
Junior Thomas Tyner may have to look forward to next fall before he can take the field again.
Aaron Fentress of Comcast Sports reported Sunday night that Tyner could miss the season after his father said the former aloha high star had left shoulder surgery this past Friday.
Tyner originally injured his shoulder last October against Washington. He missed some time, but then returned, evening leading the Ducks in rushing in the Rose Bowl and National Title games.
Tyner and reigning PAC-12 Freshman of the Year Royce Freeman were going to be one of the most productive backfield tandems in the entire country.
While Tyner can certainly redshirt to save a year of eligibility, the Ducks have more tailbacks in the stable.
Freshmen Tony Brooks-James and Taj Griffin were both highly touted recruits, and assistant coach Gary Campbell will have those boys ready to roll. And don’t forget about Byron Marshall who moved to more of a receiver roll a year ago.
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