Ducks offense looks to Royce Freeman while QBs look for rhythm

With Oregon's current instability at quarterback, the Ducks will continue to lean heavily on the running game in the coming weeks.

Sophomore Royce Freeman rushed for 163 yards on 27 carries in the 41-24 victory over Colorado. Running backs coach Gary Campbell believes Freeman can, and will, continue to shoulder that sort of load.

“I think he proved that he can do that … 25, 26 carries with him I think is feasible,” Campbell said. “We got three other backs that I think can carry it, too. If need be for him to carry it that many times, I think he can handle it.”

Oregon ran the ball 62 times against Colorado, its highest total in two seasons. The Ducks were not shy about handing the ball to Freeman, true freshman Taj Griffin and redshirt sophomore Kani Benoit.

“Whenever you can run the ball,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said, “you can kind of do anything, so that is something we want to get going.”

(h/t The Oregonian)