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Thomas Tyner off to a running start at Oregon

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm •  Published: September 10, 2013

This Saturday, when the Ducks host Tennessee, he'll turn 19.

Oregon (2-0) leads the Pac-12 in total offense, averaging 664.5 yards a game, and rushing offense, with 425 yards per game. The Ducks also lead the league in total touchdowns with 17. Nationally, Oregon ranks second in rushing offense and third in total offense.

They're fast, too. Seventeen of Oregon's 19 scoring drives this season have taken less than two minutes.

Junior running back De'Anthony Thomas led the way against Virginia with 11 carries for a game-high 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns to earn Pac-12 player of the week honors.

Like Thomas, Tyner is known for his speed. He holds Oregon's prep record in the 100-meter dash with a 10.35 set in the 2011 Metro League Championships.

The addition of the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Tyner is one more thing for Tennessee (2-0) to worry about.

"It makes it extremely challenging. That's the thing. Not only do they have great backs, great receivers, athletic tight ends, but they have a running quarterback," Vols coach Butch Jones said. "Now you talk about discipline from a defense and executing your assignments. One missed assignment can be catastrophic to a defense. ... It's going to challenge our discipline."

Tyner, who was a five-star prospect and considered one of the top five players in the nation at his position coming out of high school, is just happy to finally get his college career rolling.

"I feel like I'm ready," he said. "I feel like whatever they throw at me, I think they've prepared me well, and I'll handle it."

And as for the pressure of being the "next big thing" for the Ducks?

"I never like to put pressure on myself," Tyner said. "As long as I know what I'm doing, there's no pressure."