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Redshirt-freshman CJ Verdell could be the next great Oregon running back

Since Oregon’s all-time leading rusher Royce Freeman played his last game for the Ducks on Nov. 25 against Oregon State, Oregon has been looking to match the production the third round pick by the Denver Broncos brought over four years. Senior Tony Brooks-James is the starter this year but will …

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Oregon left tackle Tyrell Crosby drafted No. 153 overall by the Detroit Lions

Former Oregon left tackle Tyrell Crosby was drafted in the fifth round, No. 153 overall, by the Detroit Lions on Saturday in the 2018 NFL Draft. The four-year tackle was the 14th tackle drafted and the second Duck, behind running back Royce Freeman. He is the first Oregon offensive lineman …

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Royce Freeman drafted by Denver Broncos in third round

Oregon running back Royce Freeman was drafted in the third round, No. 71 overall, by the Denver Broncos on Friday at the 2018 NFL Draft. The former Duck finished his career as not only Oregon’s all-time rush-leader with 5,621 yards, but as the Pac-12 leader as well. Freeman leaves Eugene …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Oregon leads Arizona 28-21

Halftime rapid reaction with @ShawnMedow. Oregon leads Arizona 28-21. Herbert is back and Ducks hold Tate to 18 rushing yards. pic.twitter.com/UPnvm7ooSm — Jack Butler (@Butler917) November 19, 2017 Justin Herbert returned to the starting lineup as Oregon football took on Arizona. At halftime, the Ducks lead the Wildcats 28-21. Key …

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Royce Freeman’s historic career approaches its end

After the Ducks’ 38-3 loss at Washington in early November, Royce Freeman spoke to the media with a football tucked under his left arm. “Coach [Donte Pimpleton] makes us carry it around,” Freeman said. “It’s my duty to carry it until I get back to Eugene.” If anyone has carried …

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Taggart reflects on inability to run against WSU, prepares for Bryce Love and Stanford

The Oregon running game was lacked luster against Washington State and now the Oregon offense not only has to improve its running game, but the Oregon defense must stop the Pac-12 leader in rushing yards, Bryce Love. The Oregon backfield rushed for 132 yards against Washington State. That is less …

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Oregon beats Cal 45-24, top offensive players exit with injury

In his first season as head coach of the Ducks, Willie Taggart has instilled in his players to “Do Something.” On Saturday night versus Cal, a few more players than originally planned were asked to do something. A slew of injuries, headlined by impairments to Justin Herbert and Royce Freeman, …

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Royce Freeman is on a mission to end his career with success

Immediately following Oregon football head coach Willie Taggart’s introductory press conference on December 8, one of his first player meetings was with his newly inherited star running back Royce Freeman. He wanted to either convince Freeman to stay for his final year at Oregon, or help him prepare for the …

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Taggart believes Royce Freeman compares to another Pac-12 great he coached at Stanford

The Ducks enter week three of training camp ready to build from a scrimmage on Saturday. By head coach Willie Taggart’s account it was good, but there were some things that needed to be fixed before the season starts. “We had a lot of penalties with the refs being out …

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Players to watch in 2017: Freeman, Griffin can be explosive weapons for Taggart’s offense

In 2016, the Oregon Ducks might have been the most talented 4-8 team in the country. The athletic potential of the Ducks was, and still is, tantalizing. Willie Taggart has some talented players to work with this season. Here are four players to watch in 2017. Taj Griffin: Griffin was …

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Running Backs Preview: Freeman leads an elite unit looking to trample opposing defenses

If Oregon football is going to improve on last year’s four-win season, the team will need to rely on an experienced group of running backs. The 2017 unit is led by senior Royce Freeman, who decided to put the NFL on hold and return for his senior season. Despite underwhelming …

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With Freeman forgoing the NFL, Oregon football strives forward

Week two of Oregon football spring practice began on Monday and there is one thing that both coaches and players can agree on: They are happy that athletes like Royce Freeman and Darren Carrington, who were on the edge of declaring for the NFL, are back and ready to get the …

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Oregon watches bowl hopes pass as nightmare season continues with 52-27 loss to Stanford

Justin Herbert answered questions after Saturday’s loss against Stanford. When he was asked, “What happened this year?” he took a long pause, and started with a simple answer. “I don’t know.” The Ducks got demolished at home by a Stanford team that they used to battle with for Pac-12 titles. Stanford …

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Injuries sideline Royce Freeman’s Heisman hopes

Entering his junior year, Royce Freeman was expected to be one of the best running backs in the country. On June 7, his odds to win the Heisman Trophy this year stood at 20/1, according to oddsharkcom. Those aren’t the best odds, but they were his most favorable all season. …

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Players to watch: Robinson and Schooler will play key roles in stopping Air Raid attack

After a double-overtime loss against the Cougars in Eugene last season, the Ducks (2-2, 0-1) want revenge against Washington State (1-2, 0-0) on Saturday. Oregon started the season 2-0, but has since faltered with losses to Nebraska and Colorado. Washington State is 1-2, including a loss to FCS-opponent Eastern Washington, and will be playing …

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Always a hopeful, never a finalist; is this the year for Freeman?

Oregon running back Royce Freeman has been one the most consistent players on the Ducks’ team since he first stepped foot on Rich Brooks Field as a freshman in late August 2014. In that game against South Dakota, Freeman rushed for a modest 75 yards on ten carries behind Byron …

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Rapid reaction: Oregon leads Washington State 17-14 at the half

When in doubt, give the ball to Royce Freeman. That’s been the theme of the Oregon football team in the first half. Freeman has 12 carries for 135 yards and one touchdown as the Ducks (3-2) lead Washington State (2-2) 17-14 at the half. Jeff Lockie got the start for Oregon …

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Q&A: Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich addresses his team's offseason plans

Much of the news following the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship has revolved around the departures from the Oregon’s program. With Marcus Mariota and Arik Armstead declaring for the NFL Draft, and three players announcing their decisions to transfer, the Ducks will have plenty of starting positions to address …

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GameDay: Oregon's Top 10 Moments from 2014

10. Royce Freeman trucks Cal linebacker It’s only right to start this list with a boom, and that’s exactly what freshman running back Royce Freeman put on California linebacker Jake Kearney. At the point of contract Kearney was already in trouble while Freeman threw his arms as if saying “get off …

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GameDay: Here's how Oregon and Arizona stackup

It seems fitting to have the Pac-12 Championship game consist of No. 2 Oregon and No. 11 Arizona. Why? Well Oregon is statistically the best team in the conference and proved that this regular season. However, there is one blemish on a nearly undefeated season: The loss to the Arizona Wildcats. This game …

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Emerald Quick Hits: Pac-12 Championship on the horizon

As football held its first practice before the Pac-12 title game, the team answered questions about multiple off-field stories, including offensive coordinator Scott Frost’s possible interest in the Nebraska head coaching job and an update on center Hroniss Grasu’s ankle injury. Marcus Mariota and Royce Freeman received Pac-12 Player of …

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Oregon football: Five Ducks garner first-team All-Pac-12 honors

The Pac-12 conferenced honored five Oregon football players to the All-Conference first team on Tuesday. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was one of the players honored and became the first quarterback in conference history to be named to the Pac-12 first-team three times. Mariota was also honored as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the …

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Mariota, Freeman receive Pac-12 Player of the Year awards

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, and his teammate running back Royce Freeman was named Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, the conference announced today. Mariota has so far thrown for 3,470 yards and 36 touchdowns while committing just two interceptions. He leads the Pac-12 and the nation with …

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Mariota, Dargan headline year-end football awards

It could the first of many awards for Marcus Mariota. Mariota was voted Oregon’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player (Skeie’s Award), while senior safety Erick Dargan was selected as the Ducks’ Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the school’s annual football reception Sunday at Autzen Stadium. Senior wide receiver Keanon Lowe picked …

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Despite Mariota's huge night,Ducks prove to be far more than a one-man show

On a night when Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota may have secured himself in Oregon history by staking his claim on the Heisman trophy, the Ducks’ 47-19 Civil War victory over rival Oregon State served as a display of far more than just one player. Although he was the top performer Saturday …

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Despite Mariota’s huge night,Ducks prove to be far more than a one-man show

On a night when Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota may have secured himself in Oregon history by staking his claim on the Heisman trophy, the Ducks’ 47-19 Civil War victory over rival Oregon State served as a display of far more than just one player. Although he was the top performer Saturday …

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Passing of the torch highlights Oregon's senior day

On a day that is reserved every year for the seniors on Oregon’s football team, the Ducks’ final home game of the year proved to be so much more than a “goodbye.” Of course there were the emotional moments between head coach Mark Helfrich and his seniors before the first kickoff. …

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