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Freshman using behind gives Ducks a boost

Freshman using behind gives Ducks a boost

  • Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota runs past California defensive finish Jonathan Johnson during a second half of an NCAA college football diversion Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP / AP


BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Mariota took another step toward a Heisman Trophy and positioned No. 6 Oregon to get critical care when a playoff rankings come out subsequent week.

Freshman using behind Royce Freeman also came adult large for a Ducks, giving some much-needed change to manager Mark Helfrich’s offense.

Freeman rushed for 112 yards and dual touchdowns in Oregon’s 59-41 win over California during Levi’s Stadium on Friday night, a third uninterrupted diversion in that he has rushed 100 yards or more.

That kept a 5-foot-11, 229-pound using behind on gait to strech a 1,000-yard mark, something a Ducks have finished each deteriorate given 2006.

More importantly, Oregon’s success using a round has taken some of a vigour off a dual-threat quarterback and a rest of a Ducks’ high-octane offense.

“It advantages us a lot,” Freeman pronounced while station outward Oregon’s locker room Friday night. “At first, we weren’t starting off with a using diversion really well. We picked it adult so it’s opening other things in a offense for us.”

Freeman’s new swell came roughly though warning. He averaged usually 9 carries by a Ducks’ initial 3 games while Thomas Tyner shouldered a brunt of a effort in a backfield, though has given picked adult a pace.

While Tyner — who was harmed in Oregon’s 45-20 win over Washington on Oct. 18 and didn’t make a outing to California — stayed during home, Freeman put together another plain night’s work.

A loyal beginner who was heavily recruited by a likes of Alabama, Florida State and USC before settling on Oregon, Freeman regularly gouged a Golden Bears for large gains all night. He scored on a 4-yard run in a initial entertain to tie a diversion during 14 and combined a 2-yard measure in a third that put a Ducks adult 52-28.

Freeman finished with 22 carries, one week after using a round a season-high 29 times opposite Washington.

The increasing work and prolongation from Freeman has authorised Mariota to palliate adult a bit when it comes to his possess running. After rushing for 1,467 yards during his initial dual seasons in Eugene, a Heisman carefree has corroborated off. He’s averaging usually 40 yards a diversion on a belligerent and is on gait for a career-low in rushing attempts.

Not that he’s complaining.

“It’s fun since this whole offense is starting to click,” Mariota pronounced following a win over a Bears.

How most Freeman’s using changes how defenses play a Ducks is debatable.

Mariota stays a team’s primary descent arms and is seen by many, including Cal manager Sonny Dykes, as a best altogether actor in a country.

He threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Stanford in a initial entertain to mangle Oregon’s career flitting record, afterwards combined 4 some-more touchdown throws to give him 24 for a season.

Freeman has been removing into a finish section flattering frequently, as well. The immature using behind scored 4 touchdowns opposite Washington and has 8 in a final 3 games.

Still, Helfrich hinted he might try to extent Freeman’s touches. Backup using behind Byron Marshall ran 7 times for 58 yards and combined another 133 yards in receptions opposite Cal.

“Royce is a stud, though that can’t final over a march of a season, that many shots, a things he’s been doing,” Helfrich said. “We need a committee; we need mixed guys, in some way, to lift a load, either it’s off of Marcus or off of Royce and only be complementary.”

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