A historic football season has closed for Oregon's top commit, running back Thomas Tyner. On Friday night the four-star prep broke the single season state rushing record in a battle with West Salem.
Tyner rushed for 3,402 yards and 47 total touchdowns in 11 games.
Unfortunately Aloha lost to West Salem 59-46 ending Tyner's historic season. He finished the year with 3,402 yards and 47 total touchdowns. Tyner said it made it even sweeter to have former record holder, Cory McCaffrey in attendance offering full support.
"It meant a lot to me to have his support and for him to be there to see it," Tyner said. "I respect him and his family a great deal and it means a lot to me to have their support. It's an amazing record and I can fully appreciate how much pride he carried with that honor. It really was great to share that with him in mutual respect."
Tyner had another historic night when he rushed for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single game on Sept. 14. The date also happened to be his 18th birthday.
"My season meant a lot to me. Not just because of the stats or any of that. I stayed injury-free all season long after many doubted that I could. I knew I could once I learned how to take better care of my body. It was a great season and I owe a lot to my team and our lineman and our coaches. I know this may surprise some, but the Tigard game really stood out to me. We persevered through a tough game, to a team we lost to last year and won by a field goal."
With all of that behind him now, the nation's No. 40 overall player is enjoying some time off after a long season. In fact, he may take an extended period and forego his senior season of track.
"I'm just relaxing right now and really focusing on my schoolwork," he said. "Once I get caught up on everything there I'll decide if I'm going to do track or not. I'm just really focused on school right now."
On Saturday Tyner spent the afternoon in Eugene watching his future team in a heated battle with Stanford. He offered his thoughts on the visit and the result.
"I'm really surprised Oregon only put up 14 points. Stanford's defense was tough though and you have to give them a lot of credit. I met a few of the recruits while I was there but I didn't spend a lot of time with them. It was a great atmosphere and I was bummed they lost like a lot of people. But they have had a great year and I'm still proud of my team."
Oregon State and UCLA have continued to recruit Tyner despite his solidified re-commitment to Oregon. The four-star back said he is not having any second thoughts on his commitment to Oregon.
"I'm 100-percent committed to Oregon. I'm all in and I'm not changing my mind. Only thing left for me is finishing out my senior year."