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UO's Tyner retires from football, due to injuries

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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Thomas Tyner celebrates with the Oregon Ducks after their College Football Playoff victory over Florida State at the Rose Bowl in January 2015.Bad shoulders and other injuries and a desire to focus on academics has led to Oregon running back Thomas Tyner's decision to medically retire from football.

The school announced the news of Tyner's retirement on Friday, and Tyner, a former Aloha High star, posted a thank you to fans on Twitter and mentioned a quest to finish his degree.

Tyner sat out the 2015 season after shoulder surgery.

"We thank Thomas and wish him well," coach Mark Helfrich says. "We will continue to support his efforts to graduate from the University of Oregon."

Tyner ran for 711 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 as a true freshman. He had 140 yards in the Civil War game.

In 2014, he had 573 yards and five touchdowns. He had 124 yards and two TDs in the Rose Bowl win against Florida State and 62 yards against Ohio State in the national championship game.

The Ducks are well-stocked at running back with Royce Freeman, Kani Benoit, Tony Brooks-James and Taj Griffin.