In the post below this one we noted Michigan State could be missing one key piece of its defensive puzzle for the Week 2 non-conference matchup with Oregon. Now, we know that the Ducks will definitely be missing a key piece of its offensive puzzle.
The father of Thomas Tyner confirmed Sunday to CSNNW.com‘s Aaron Fentress that his son underwent successful shoulder surgery this past Friday. Tyner sustained an injury to his shoulder last season, with the lingering pain and discomfort over the last several months leading to the procedure.
Unfortunately for both the running back and the team, Tyner will miss the entire 2015 season as he rehabs from the surgery.
Tyner was second among Duck running backs last season with 573 yards rushing and five touchdowns. The good news for UO is its leading rusher, Royce Freeman (1,365, 18), returns. Additionally, Byron Marshall could be moved back to receiver if the need arises.
Marshall was the team’s leading rusher in 2013 before moving to receiver. He ended up being the Ducks’ leading receiver in receptions and yards in 2014.
As Fentress explained, “Oregon’s receiving corps is deep enough to absorb Marshall’s return to running back, assuming that Devon Allen fully recovers from a knee injury.” Allen sustained a serious knee injury in the playoff semifinal win over Florida State this past January, and is expected to participate when the Ducks open summer camp Monday.