Royce Freeman
Running BackRB
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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Opts to sit out bowl game
Not Injury Related
December 14, 2017
Freeman will sit out Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State, Rob Moseley of Oregon's official site reports.
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The senior running back will sit out Oregon's final game, likely to prepare for the NFL Draft. Freeman, who has three times as many carries as any other running back on the roster, was ninth in NCAA with 1475 rushing yards this season and averaged 6.0 yards per carry. Without him in pads, expect Oregon's rushing attack to go through Kani Benoit and Tony Brooks-James.
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With a frame to pack on 230 pounds, Freeman clearly projects as a workhorse runner eventually, but he might have to wait a couple years since Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner are already on the Oregon depth chart. The Oregon offense usually has room for two productive runners, though, and both Marshall and Tyner are early entrant candidates for the NFL, so Freeman might get his shot in 2015.
Unlike most of the nation's top backs, Freeman's ceiling is relatively modest in an Oregon offense loaded with playmakers. The flip side of the coin is an extremely high floor, however. Freeman is the top running back in one of the nation's most prolific offenses and will play a lead scoring role in the team's likely sixth consecutive season with 45-plus points per game. But Freeman's 252 carries for 1,365 yards (5.4 YPC) and 18 touchdowns last year were inflated by a 15-game schedule, as he averaged just 16.8 carries per game. And an increase doesn't seem likely with junior Thomas Tyner primed for a bigger role this year. The Ducks also lost three starting linemen, including two high NFL draft picks.
Freeman somehow followed his outstanding 2014 true freshman season with a resoundingly better 2015. Playing in 13 games, he ran for 1,838 yards (6.5 YPC) and 17 TDs while catching 26 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games. Especially impressive, Freeman posted those numbers even as the offense around him sputtered while QB Vernon Adams dealt with a broken finger. Despite his highly explosive production, Freeman is actually a bulldozer of a back at 230 pounds, so he's built to withstand the enormous workload he'll take on for the third year in a row.
There wasn't much left for Freeman to prove with 4,148 rushing yards (5.9 YPC) and 44 touchdowns in his Oregon career, but he still returned for a senior season that should be a smashing success under new coach Willie Taggart. Taggart rebuilt two wrecked programs at Western Kentucky and South Florida before heading to Oregon, and in his previous stops he made stars out of Bobby Rainey, Antonio Andrews and Marlon Mack. Freeman is more talented than any of those backs by a significant margin. After an injury-shortened 2016 that held him to less than 1,000 yards, a bounce back is in store.
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Scores twice vs. Oregon State
November 26, 2017
Freeman rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries Saturday against Oregon State.
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Scores four touchdowns
November 19, 2017
Freeman rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries Saturday against Arizona.
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Lone bright spot in blowout
November 5, 2017
Freeman rushed 24 times for 122 yards in Saturday's loss to Washington.
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Can't find end zone in fifth straight
October 31, 2017
Freeman rushed for 139 yards on 20 carries during the win Saturday over Utah.
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Breaks Oregon's all-time rushing record
October 21, 2017
Freeman had 29 carries for 160 yards in Saturday's loss to UCLA.
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