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Oregon Football

The Good, The Bad, The Unknown

May 14, 2018
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Although most are aware of the running back position at Oregon we take a quick look at the group with Spring ball now finished.

The Ducks have been a dominant running team for the better part of two decades. Some of the best running backs in the Pac-12 have been a part of the Oregon program.

One of which was Royce Freeman who is no longer in Eugene. 

Here's a quick look at the group.

The Good:

Depth/Talent.

Oregon has come to be known as Running Back University for good reason. Led by Royce Freeman the RB core has been the bright spot for the program in recent years.

But now Freeman is gone.

With a new leader in Tony Brooks-James, the RB position still has a lot of talent in the reserves including Travis Dye, Darrion Felix, Taj Griffin and CJ Verdell. And I am optimistic from watching the young group at Spring practice that they will keep the tradition of strong running backs alive at the university.

 The Bad:

No Royce Freeman.

No matter how talented this young group is (or can be) losing a player like Freeman is a huge blow to the program.

Royce Freeman was one of the most dominant backs in college football breaking both conference and Oregon records with ease. His production on offense is going to be missed dearly.

Right now, it doesn’t look like Oregon has a back that has a similar run style to Freeman who was a downhill, powerful runner. However, in my opinion CJ Verdell isn’t that far off and with some more training under Jim Mastro I see a bright future for Verdell. The other backs are just as impressive but  they are more of a run-by-you type compared to Freeman’s truck you over style of running.

The Unknown:

Dominance.

I’m not saying this year’s running backs aren’t going to be good but the question still looms… will they be able to dominant an opponent’s defense like they have been in recent years?

Aside from Brooks-James and Griffin who are both seniors, this group is young, everyone else is either a sophomore or below and have limited, if any, game time.

Like I mentioned above I like this group of players and think Oregon has something special with them I also have complete faith in Mastro and his coaching abilities.

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