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Ducks RB, Aloha HS star Thomas Tyner retiring from football

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Oregon Ducks RB Thomas Tyner during the 2015 Rose Bowl against Florida State University. (AP/File photo) Oregon Ducks RB Thomas Tyner during the 2015 Rose Bowl against Florida State University. (AP/File photo)
EUGENE, OR (KPTV) -

The University of Oregon announced Friday that running back Thomas Tyner is taking a medical retirement from football.

The former standout at Aloha High School sat out the 2015 season for the Ducks due to injuries that the university said ultimately led to his retirement.

"We thank Thomas and wish him well," said head coach Mark Helfrich. "We will continue to support his efforts to graduate from the University of Oregon."

As a true freshman in 2013, Tyner ran for 711 yards and nine touchdowns on 115 carries. He established his career high with 140 yards in the Civil War that season.

Tyner ran for 573 yards and five touchdowns on 113 carries as a sophomore, despite a midseason injury that caused him to miss all or most of five games.

He returned in the College Football Playoff, leading the Ducks with 124 yards and two touchdowns in a Rose Bowl victory over Florida State, and with 62 yards against Ohio State in the National Championship game.

On the eve of the following fall camp, however, it was reported that shoulder surgery would cause him to miss the season.

Tyner made headlines across the country as a high school player in 2012 when he ran for a state record 644 yards and 10 touchdowns in one game.

As a high school senior, Tyner was a first-team Parade and USA Today All-American. He was ranked 12th among all high school players by Scout.com and the nation’s second ranked running back by SI.com. 

Tyner posted a message on Twitter saying, "Thank you for all the support over the years. Couldn't have been more blessed to have been part of such a great community, I have the utmost respect for the staff and my teammates. Now it's time to get in the books and finish up in school. Much love to you all and Go Ducks!" 

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