Scouting Report: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

Imperial, CA | 5112 | 231 | 4.52E | 2018

Freeman has a rare combination of size and speed. He is not really a punisher as far as putting his head down and running through guys but does an excellent job of absorbing big hits and spinning or bouncing off contact. He has been used effectively in the passing game—most receptions go for a first down. Averaged 2.5 yards after contact per carry during his first two seasons and continues to increase that stat as a junior. Compared to Jonathan Stewart by Nebraska head coach Mike Riley. Freeman flashes nimble feet in the hole at times but overall his burst is lacking and despite many long runs, there is a suddenness he just doesn’t possess, as his top speed isn’t allowing him to pull away from anyone. The California kid has a great all around game, his vision and contact running are his strengths but his ability as a blocker and receiver will help keep him on the field at the next level. Freeman wisely returned for his senior year and should be able to parlay his final collegiate season into a Top-100 pick if he takes Oregon on a run to cap of his career in Eugene.


2016: Finished the season as the team’s leading rusher, recording nine touchdowns for 945 rushing yards, despite not playing against Colorado and less than full strength in several others . . . Started at running back in 10 games while adding a 10th score with a 1-yard catch in Salt Lake City . . . Remains only nine rushing touchdowns shy from becoming Oregon’s all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns (44) and 936 yards away from equaling the Ducks all-time rushing record (4,146 yards).

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 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).