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Ducks Football BIO
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Royce Freeman
Player Profile:
Royce Freeman 1880305
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 230
Year: Junior
Hometown: Imperial, Calif.
High School: Imperial HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Season Stats Career Stats

2016 – Preseason first-team All-Pac-12 running back (Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele) and Offensive Player of the Year (Lindy's) . . . Preseason second-team All-America (Athlon) and third-team All-America (Phil Steele).

2015 – The second-team All-American (Football Writers Association of America) and Pac-12 Conference rushing runner-up (141.2 avg.) broke LaMichael James' single-season school rushing record with 1,836 yards, posting the Ducks' highest per-game average since James' 150.4 yards in 2011 . . . Ranked fourth in the country in rushing in addition to becoming the only FBS player nationally to accumulate more than 100 yards from scrimmage in every game . . . He led the country with 36 runs of 15 yards or more and has rushed for more yards over the past two years (3,201) than any other Power 5 player in the country . . . The first-team all-league standout eclipsed school standards by rushing for 100 yards or more in nine consecutive games to finish the season over the century mark 11 times in 13 outings . . . Led the league in total touchdowns scored (19) and rushing TDs (17) while tying for 12th in the country in both categories . . . Voted the Ducks' Most Outstanding Offensive Player by his teammates, he ran for a collegiate-best 246 yards (9.1-yard avg.) and two touchdowns in a setback against Washington State - the top rushing effort in the Pac-12 this year . . . His output came one week after picking up 163 yards on the ground in a win at Colorado, marking his best consecutive-game totals of the season . . . Also caught three passes for 46 yards and a third score vs. the Cougars . . . Scored touchdowns in 11 of 13 appearances, with his season-high three TDs against Eastern Washington, Washington State, and TCU falling one shy of his Oregon-best four scores his freshman year vs. Washington . . . Began the year running for 180 yards while averaging 8.6 yards per carry in the season-opening win over Eastern Washington . . . Accounted for 105 rushing yards and two of his scores in the first half . . . Added 92 yards and one score on 24 carries at Michigan State as well as equaled his collegiate best with three receptions (34 yards) against the Spartans - a feat he would duplicate four more times as a sophomore . . . Participated in a season-best 72 snaps against both Michigan State and Oregon State.

2014 – The freshman sensation has already drawn comparisons to some of Oregon's past all-time greats and became the program's first true freshman 1,000-yard rusher in school history - and the top true freshman rusher in conference history . . . The Pac-12 Conference's Freshman Offensive Player of the Year (coaches) and first-team all-league choice (Athlon's, Phil Steele Magazine) led Oregon's rushing attack (91.0 avg.),  climbing to fifth in the conference in rushing while averaging 7.6 points and 101.5 all-purpose yards per outing . . . The 2014 Freshman All-American scored 18 touchdowns and tallied 1,523 all-purpose yards . . . Led the Pac-12 in touchdowns scored (tied for 12th nationally in rushing touchdowns). . .  Rumbled into the end zone twice to help secure a Rose Bowl victory over Florida State . . . Put together six 100-yard rushing efforts against UCLA (121 yards), Washington (169 yards), California (112), Colorado (105), Oregon State (135), and Arizona (114, Pac-12 Championships), in addition to falling two rushing yards shy of eclipsing the century mark vs. Stanford and one yard short at Utah . . . Hauled in a season-best three receptions for 52 yards to help lead the Ducks to a victory over the Cardinal . . . Ran for 89 yards (6.8 avg.) against Michigan State in addition to catching two passes for 22 yards . . . Accounted for a quartet of scores on the ground vs. the Huskies after running for a pair of TDs vs. the Spartans, South Dakota and UCLA . . . Logged two or more rushing touchdowns in seven outings . . .  Leading the Ducks in rushing on 10 of 15 occasions, added 75 yards in his first collegiate start at Washington State before rebounding the following week with 85 yards against Arizona . . . Capped his longest run of the year (38 yards) in the end zone vs. Michigan State and added a 37-yard scoring run against the Huskies . . . Threw his first TD pass as a collegian (26 yards to Marcus Mariota) vs. the visitors from Tucson . . . Was the recipient of the school's Casanova Award following the season as Oregon's top first-year standout.

BEFORE OREGON -- Rated among the top running backs in the country, the U.S. Army All-American is included on the Rivals250 listing as one of the top prospects in the state by 247 Sports . . . Accumulated 2,824 yards and 41 touchdowns rushing his senior year (11.0 avg.) in addition to catching eight passes for 116 yards and two more scores . . . Topped 300 rushing yards on three occasions in 2013, including a season-high 340 yards and five scores vs. Cibola (AZ) one week prior to tallying a season-best 21.6 yards per carry (194 yards) at Yuma (AZ) . . . Ran for five touchdowns in each of four of his first five games his final prep campaign . . . Proved equally adept against some of the nation’s best players, scoring three touchdowns in the West Team’s 28-6 win in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January . . . MaxPrep’s California Division II first-team all-state honoree also was crowned the state’s medium school’s Player of the Year by CalHi Sports . . . Characterized as a powerful runner with great balance, the Imperial Valley League’s Offensive Player of the Year also earned San Diego Section Offensive Player-of-the-Year acclaim after completing his high school career with a sectional-record 7,601 yards on the ground . . . Averaged 11.8 yards per carry over the course of his four seasons while tallying 111 rushing TDs . . . Accumulated a single-game school-record 353 rushing yards vs. Parker in addition to six touchdowns (5 rushing) against Central as a junior, finishing the year running for  2,482 yards and 34 touchdowns . . . The Tigers finished the 2013 season with an 11-1 record under head coach Kerry Legara following a loss to St. Augustine in the sectional semifinals.

PERSONAL — Family: One brother. High School: Imperial, 2014. Major: Psychology.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS
2015
2nd-Team All-American
1st-Team Pac-12 All-Conference
Skeie's Award (Team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player)
Maxwell Award Watch List (National Player of the Year Award)
Doak Walker Award Watch List (Nation's Top Running Back)
Walter Camp Football Foundation Watch List (National Player of the Year Award)
2014
Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year
1st-Team Pac-12 All-Conference (Athlon's, Phil Steele)
2nd-Team Pac-12 All-Conference (Coaches)
Freshman All-America (Athlon's, ESPN.com, FWAA, Scout, 247Sports)
Casanova Award (Team's 1st-Year Player of the Year)

FREEMAN'S CAREER BESTS
Points scored: 24 [t-3rd], Washington, 10/18/14
Touchdowns: 4 [t-3rd], Washington, 10/18/14
Rush attempts: 29 [t-10th], Washington, 10/18/14
Rush yards: 246 [6th], Washington State, 10/10/15 (27 carries)
Rush TDs: 4 [t-2nd], Washington, 10/18/14
Long rush: 64, Arizona State, 10/29/19
Pass attempts: 1, Arizona, 10/02/14
Pass completions: 1, Arizona, 10/02/14
Pass yards: 26, Arizona, 10/02/14
Pass TDs: 1, Arizona, 10/02/14
Long pass: 26, Arizona, 10/02/14
Receptions: 3, 6 times
Receiving yards: 52, Stanford, 11/01/14 (3 receptions)
Receiving TDs: 1 [t-45th], at Oregon State, 11/29/14; Utah, 09/26/15, Washington State 10/10/15
Long reception: 36, USC, 11/21/15
Total offense attempts: 29, Washington, 10/18/14 (29 rush,0 pass)
Total offense yards: 246, Washington State, 10/10/15 (246 rush, 0 pass)
All-purpose yards: 292, Washington State, 10/10/15 (2246 rush, 46 receiving)
Tackles: 1, at Oregon State, 11/29/14 (1-0)

 

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