Aloha (Ore.) senior running back Thomas Tyner didn't make the preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team, but it's been impossible not to notice what the Oregon commit has done this year.
For the rest of the season, we’ll give a weekly look at football players who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into American Family Insurance ALL-USA consideration.
The postseason ALL-USA team will be announced in December.
This week’s player: Aloha (Ore.) senior running back Thomas Tyner
2012 stats thus far: The 6-foot, 200-pound Tyner has rushed for 3,241 yards on 276 carries through 10 games. The future Duck has scored 38 touchdowns and is 95 yards shy of breaking the state's single-season rushing record. Aloha takes on West Salem (Ore.) in a second-round playoff game on Friday.
Best Games: Tyner rushed for an Oregon single-game record 643 yards and 10 touchdowns in an 84-63 win over Lakeridge (Ore.) on Sept. 14. It wasn't a bad way to celebrate his 18th birthday. In last Friday's 38-35 playoff win over Glencoe (Ore.), Tyner rushed for 441 yards and scored five touchdowns. His touchdown reception with 2:13 to play was the difference in the game.
Others’ Take: "He's one of the top backs in the nation, and he's probably one of the biggest ones. When you combine that kind of speed with durability and size, that's a pretty big task." – Glencoe coach Steve Jones before facing Tyner in the playoffs.
Look Out For: Yulee (Fla.) 6-3, 240-pound running back Derrick Henry is poised to break Ken Hall's 59-year-old career rushing record in Friday's playoff game against Taylor County (Perry, Fla.). Henry, who has 11,130 yards in his impressive career, totaled 409 yards in less than three quarters of action in last week's win over Hamilton County (Jasper, Fla.).
Also Look Out For: Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) 5-11, 215-pound running back Kelvin Taylor, who has committed to Florida. The senior and son of former NFL running back Fred Taylor was a preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection and has lived up to the hype this season. Taylor has rushed for 2,001 yards and 36 touchdowns this season.
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