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To survive the spear, Ducks have to pound the rock

Royce rolls: with 1299 yards and 16 touchdowns, Royce Freeman’s power running has been the knockout punch in the Oregon offense. The hard-driving freshman can serve as his own blocker when necessary, driving through tacklers for vital first downs (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports photo). Oregon’s high-energy offense thrives with the running game. The Ducks have led the conference...
Via The Duck Stops Here
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Winning a bowl game requires overcoming the natural defensive advantage posed by a layoff

The last time the Ducks played in Rose Bowl Stadium, they got Royce Freeman loose for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Having the cohesion up front to run the football is critical in the College Football Playup matchup against Florida State (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports photo). Bowl games are advantage defense. The long layoff is a challenge for offenses to maintain rhythm and...
Via The Duck Stops Here
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon football: Keys to defeating Oregon State

“It’s unlike any other football game you’ve been to. It doesn’t matter how well either team does, s**t will get crazy.” I had been sitting in the Portland airport waiting for my luggage as I prepared to head to Corvallis after a nice Thanksgiving with my family. As I was waiting, a young man who appeared to be in his early twenties approached me and asked if I was a student...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon football: Reacting to first CFB playoff rankings

Just about a half hour before the time of me writing this, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee released their first ever ranking. Every year before this, the top two teams from the AP Poll would face off in the National Championship while every team ranked 3 and below would have to play in bowl games. This system was very long withstanding but many believed it was flawed...
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon Royce Freeman Blows Up Cal LB (Video)

Royce Freeman is having himself a year at Oregon and he has made it a habit of putting defenders on his highlight tape. Tonight he was at it again after he absolutely destroyed a Cal linebacker. He literally made the linebacker tap out of the game. Better bring your big boy pads when you try to tackle this guy.
Via BlackSportsOnline
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks poised for title run, but have to remain watchful on the wall

Three-year power train warranty: Royce Freeman provided the Derek Loville ground prowess in Oregon’s throwback look, driving for 169 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 45-20 beatdown of the Washington Huskies, the 11th in a row (Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports photo). Winter is coming. Stark words indeed, and made more so by the realization that there are just five games left...
Via The Duck Stops Here
October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon football: Keys to defeating UW

This week is a great week at the University of Oregon. Although being officially dubbed as Homecoming week by the staff and administration, go around campus asking what week it is and you’re likely to get quite a few, “It’s Husky Hate Week!” responses as UO students get pumped for one of the bigger rivalry games of the year, and perhaps the biggest rivalry of home games....
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon football: We’re not going anywhere

Horrifying. Terrible. Unspeakable. Shocking. No, I’m not describing the most recent actions of ISIS, nor am I reviewing the new Nicolas Cage movie. I’m referring to the #2 Oregon Ducks’ tragic loss to unranked Arizona last night. Many were hyping this year’s team up to be one of the best squads in recent memory and through the first few weeks, things were looking as expected...
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Three-headed monster has just been gremlin-like through four games

Monster mash: Royce Freeman , shown here steaming for a 38-yard touchdown against Michigan State, leads all running backs with 48 carries for 261 yards and 5 TDs, but so far the Oregon running game has not met expectations. So far Oregon’s three-headed monster at running back hasn’t been all that monstrous. Operating behind an injury-riddled offensive line, Thomas Tyner, Byron...
Via The Duck Stops Here
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The secret's out about RB Royce Freeman

Freshman running back Royce Freeman made his anticipated debut for the No. 3 Oregon Ducks and showed a glimpse of the talent that was kept behind closed doors all summer. Poised and confident, the 6-foot, 229-pound back is so far handling all the expectations heaped on him as a five-star recruit. Freeman ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries for the Ducks in Saturday...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

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