I included figures for a few non-Ducks of the historically good running back variety, to add further context to the stats. As you can conclude, by almost any measure, Thomas Tyner had a pretty darn good true freshman season. Toward the end of the season, you saw him becoming more decisive in hits cuts and getting up-field with a greater burst.
If, during this off-season, he can build upon his already considerable physical skills and mastery of the Oregon playbook, 2014 should look pretty bright for Tyner and the Ducks’ backfield.
■ Ken Goe believes De'Anthony Thomas should stay at Oregon another year to work on his receiving skills before turning pro.
■ David Piper @ATQ looks at a few names being tossed around as Nick Aliotti's replacement.
■ Alex Legarza takes a closer look at two sport player Arik Armstead as he prepares for basketball now that the football season is over.
The Ducks are eagerly waiting to see what Armstead can contribute on the court as a redshirt freshman. His size and strength should help the Ducks in areas they've been lacking underneath, with potential for shot blocking and rebounding.