Freeman Speaks Volumes on Progress With Few Words

Last season, Royce Freeman put up incredible numbers for a freshman. Now, he is back and ready to improve upon last year.
Freeman stiff arming and low-key flexing for the crowd as he walks in his only touchdown of the game.

Kevin Cline

Freeman stiff-arming and low-key flexing for the crowd as he walks in a touchdown.

Last season, freshman sensation Royce Freeman took Autzen Stadium by storm. The freshman, from Brawley, Calif., became a household name in Tracktown within the first two games of his college career, posting back-to-back multiple touchdown performances against South Dakota and Michigan State.

Even with veteran backs Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner in the stable, Freeman managed 1,365 yards on 252 attempts, with 18 touchdowns. Freeman has no intention of having his freshman year be his best statistical year, the sophomore is ready to lead a dangerous running attack in 2015-16.

My colleague Norm Hightower had a quick interview with Freeman to see how spring practice is coming along. Freeman’s style of play has been compared to that of Marshawn Lynch. While the comparison is up for debate, the two definitely have a very similar interviewee style: short, sweet, and to the point.

Norm: How is spring practice going for you?

Royce: It is looking good. We just started, so we still have a lot to do.

Norm: What is your biggest goal for next year?

Royce: Just to get better and more well rounded, work on my technique and become a better player.

Freeman made himself a household name with his performance against the Spartans of Michigan State.

Kevin Cline

Freeman made himself a household name with his performance against the Spartans of Michigan State.

Norm: Do you think you will have a bigger role this year considering the quarterback change? Do you feel like you will have to step up?

Royce: I mean, there is always room to step up. We are looking forward to bringing that out in myself and the other guys.

Norm: What is the game that you are most looking forward to?

Royce: Honestly, I could not even tell you. We face a lot of good teams next year, but we are looking forward to playing a lot of competition next year.

Norm: What is one thing that people do not know about you?

Royce: (Laughs) I always get this question, is there anything you want to know? I am just a chill guy, I guess. I just like to kick it, relax, and have fun.


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Daniel Kantor

Daniel Kantor

Daniel “Kantor” Kantor is a soon-to-be graduating 5th year senior at the University of Oregon majoring in advertising with a double minor in business and music. He hails from Southern California and grew up in a UCLA family, where he learned from a very young age to despise the USC Trojans. He switched to the green side when he committed to attend the U of O and witnessed his first ever Duck game: Oregon: 72, New Mexico: 0. That season turned into the magical roller coaster that was the year of the 2011 BCS National Championship against Auburn (I will argue to the death that he was down). Aside from rooting for the Ducks, you can find Daniel rooting for the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Giants, Dodgers, and the 6th grade Eugene basketball tem he coaches. I also have a husky as a pet, but she’s definitely a husky fan. Daniel plans to move to Portland after graduation to pursue a job in media.

  • Jonathan Dale

    Great article, but please remember that Royce is from Imperial, not Brawley. There’s a huge difference between the two down here. He played for Imperial High School in the same league against Brawley Union High School. Hope to see this corrected!!

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