The next edition of the Civil War could feature a familiar face for fans of both sides of Oregon’s famous rivalry.
Oregonian columnist John Canzano reports that former Oregon Ducks tailback Thomas Tyner is set to return from a medical retirement from football and will instead be headed up the road to Corvallis in order to join Oregon State’s backfield in 2017:
Tyner requested his release from the University of Oregon on Friday. At 9 a.m. on Saturday morning it became official and the former five-star running back who once rushed for 644 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in a single game for Aloha High School prepared to talk with Beavers coach Gary Andersen about playing for OSU next season.
“I’ve wanted to be a Beaver my whole life,” Tyner said.
It seems there’s still plenty to sort out when it comes to the NCAA and becoming eligible for the upcoming season but Tyner seems pretty set on returning to the football field where he once made a name for himself. One of the few five-star prospects to prep in the Beaver State, the running back was a key member of the backfield rotation and rushed for 1,284 yards and 14 touchdowns over two seasons with the Ducks.
Shoulder injuries prevented him from getting back on the field however and it was later announced that he was retiring from the game. It seems the itch to play was just to great though and hence we have this rather interesting comeback attempt at a Pac-12 rival. Canzano notes that Tyner couldn’t play for the Ducks if he wanted because he took that medical retirement and NCAA rules prevent a return, so it’s Beavers or bust in 2017 and beyond for the running back.
If everything does sort itself out eventually and Tyner shows flashes of his former self, he could turn OSU into one of the best backfields on the West Coast. Ryan Nall is already an established, quality starter and he could form a nice thunder-and-lightning tandem with the speedy Tyner for the rebuilding Beavers. Either way, best to circle November 25th on your calendar and tune in for the annual Civil War (in Eugene this year, no less) because it could feature one player who is as intimately familiar with the opponent as he is with his own team.
Ah yes, that time of year when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of boarding the transfer train.
The latest to see such a personnel shift is Oregon State, with Joah Robinett confirming via Twitter that he has decided to transfer from the Beavers. Additionally, the San Diego native confirmed that he has “decided to go back home in order to be close to family and continue playing football at” San Diego State.
Because of NCAA transfer rules, Robinett will be forced to sit out the 2017 season. He’ll then have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2018.
A three-star 2016 signee, Robinette was credited with five tackles in two games as a true freshman at outside linebacker before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. The 6-8, 236-pound sophomore, who also missed spring practice because of the injury, was slated to move from defense to tight end when the Beavers kicked off summer camp in August.
A move to a lower rung on the college football ladder for another Power Five transfer has been made official this week.
Kendall Hill posted on his Instagram account Tuesday that he will finish out his collegiate playing career at Grambling. As the Tigers play at the FCS level, Hill will be eligible immediately in 2017, his last year of eligibility.
Hill, who came to Corvallis as a three-star signee in 2012, missed his first two seasons because of knee injuries, leading him to be granted a sixth season of eligibility last year. He moved from safety to wide receiver during spring practice in 2014, then moved from receiver to cornerback the following spring
The past three seasons, Hill played in 31 games. He started five of those contests in 2015.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Hill decided to use his sixth season elsewhere.
Oregon State has added some experienced depth to its offensive backfield.
Monday, OSU confirmed reports that surfaced over the weekend that Trevorris Johnson has been added to its football roster. Coming to Corvallis as a graduate transfer, the running back will be eligible to play for the Beavers immediately in 2017.
“I want to be a part of a special team that is on the rise to win championships,” a statement from Johnson. “I’m a physical running back and the Oregon State offense fits my skillset. In addition, all the people I met at OSU were very welcoming and made me feel right at home.”
“We are very excited to have someone of Trevorris’ ability, character and focus join our program,” head coach Gary Andersen said in his statement. “He brings a level of maturity to our team on and off the field.
Johnson decided to transfer from TCU earlier this offseason.
The past three seasons with the Horned Frogs, Johnson ran for 789 yards and eight touchdowns on 137 carries. In 2016, Johnson ran for 225 yards (5.5 ypc) and four touchdowns.
His best season came in 2014, when he totaled 302 yards and his other four touchdowns on the ground. That year, he set single-game career-highs in yards (105) and touchdowns (two) on just 10 carries in an 82-27 woodshedding of Texas Tech.
It’s a relatively slow news day on the college football front but not when it comes to Pac-12 scheduling news.
As announced by the schools on Thursday afternoon, two contests for the upcoming 2017 slate are moving dates this year. This comes in addition to the announcement that Arizona State has scheduled Wyoming in 2024.
The most notable schedule change comes to the annual Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State. The end of the regular season rivalry game was set to be played on Friday, November 24th but will now be moved back a day to Saturday. It is still set to be televised on ESPN but comes as a result of the PK80 basketball tournament being held earlier in the week up the road in Portland to honor the Ducks’ most famous booster, Phil Knight.
On the non-conference front, Arizona’s trip to UTEP during Week 3 is being moved up a day from Saturday to Friday, September 15. That game is also slated to be on ESPN with a kickoff time of 10:15 pm ET. Interestingly, the school notes that with their Pac-12 opener against Utah also on Friday the following week, the Wildcats will have three straight Saturday’s off given that they have a bye after taking on the Utes.
Additional TV times, network selections and the like are set to surface from the Pac-12 at a later date this summer but for now there appears to already be some preemptive schedule changes out West.