Big Expectations for Royce Freeman

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Royce Freeman emerged as an impactful power back for the Ducks during the 2014 season. The soon-to-be sophomore started out as one of the three running backs in rotation and soon became one of the top two rushers for Oregon football by the end of the season.

His size, speed and strength are something to marvel at for any opposing defense. If he isn’t able to beat you with his legs, he will literally run right through you.

For his freshman year, Freeman ran the ball 252 times, stacking up 1,365 yards. The 6-foot-1, 230lb back ran a majority of the short-yardage plays for the Ducks, where he utilized his skill set by taking the ball straight up the middle.

Freeman takes a ball up the middle against the Huskies

Craig Strobeck

Freeman takes a ball up the middle against the Huskies.

Freeman ended 2014 with 18 touchdowns, which was 13 more than Thomas Tyner who also took a majority of the Ducks’ handoffs in 2014.

The power back will be an integral part this coming season as the Ducks look to maintain one of the best backfields in the Pac-12, and in the entire league for that matter. The combination of his strength, along with Tyner’s versatile skill-set is something opponents should be worried about.

Freeman also showed that he has hands. As a freshman last year, Freeman caught 16 passes with a total of 158 yards and one touchdown. If the Ducks plan to continue using him and Tyner the same way, teams will not know how to plan out their defensive schemes in order to stop the two marvelous backs.

Freeman has a lot to prove coming off of a breakout season in 2014. Stay tuned as the freshman plans to continue his outstanding career at Oregon this coming 2015 season.

Top Photo by: Gary Breedlove

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Ben Salaman

Ben Salaman

Hey there, my name is Ben Salaman and I’m currently a junior at the University of Oregon studying Advertising in the School of Journalism. I was born and raised in the beautiful Bay Area of California. I've always been fascinated with the wide world of sports and its stories, and I love sharing my viewpoint on them. You can find me in the gym, on the field, or at a skate park; I’ll play anything. But above all sports, I’m addicted to the Quack. Go Ducks! Follow me on Twitter: @bsalaman15

  • Godux

    I must be grumpy today. I tuned into fishduck to learn a little more about the prospects for next year. Like the other article I’ve read so far, this is a nice composition, well written, but short of fulfilling in the ‘new news’ department.
    The only argument I’d have with what you present is that, while most DC’s don’t have the personnel to hold down the Oregon running game, they know how to do it. As a piece of the total package of Oregon offense it, like covering the receivers group, requires a lot of attention to contain it. With the two facets, and a mobile QB, played with the speed Oregon can perform, it just isn’t possible to dedicate enough defense to control the running game without allowing wide open spots for the passing game.
    Oregon has to be beaten by a better offense, as Ohio State did in January. The bar, I believe, will be raised for that task this year. Even with Mariotta gone, the cupboard is far from bare of signal callers. The list of Duck running backs is superior to what we had last year, and that is saying something. I’d love to hear more details about Freeman’s improvement from frosh to soph, and what the new guys are looking like.
    Looking at the improvement reasonably expected in the returning starters and the new guys on the field, it isn’t going to get much easier. I’ve heard Freeman is a little faster than last year, to be expected with his age, which isn’t going to make anyone except Oregon fans and teammates feel comfortable.
    And … I’ll bet we will see the same kind of improvement in what you write for us, since you show you can compose. Just find a way to throw a little more meat into the articles.