From the beginning he ran hard. His 711 yards were the most by a true freshman in school history.
He ran through arm tackles and burst through holes. The first time he got a starting nod, against Oregon State in the Civil War, Thomas Tyner ran for 140 yards, including 40 on the first play of the game, dragging three defenders down to the 40 (Scott Olmos, USA Today Sports Images).
In his first college game he scored two touchdowns, and midway through the year he scooted off a block by Keanon Lowe and zoomed for 66 against Washington State. Two dozen other times, he came within an eyelash of breaking a big play, tripped up by the last man, nudged out of bounds, or slipping on the loose black granules of the field turf.no comments