Oregon junior running back Royce Freeman has a chance to rewrite the programs rushing record list this season. Each week we will provide an update on his progress.
EUGENE - Oregon junior running back Royce Freeman will return to action after missing one game with a lower leg injury, Oregon running backs coach said today following practice.
"He's been practicing full, so I expect him to be 100 percent," Campbell said following Tuesday's practice.
Freeman, not available for comment, left Oregon's loss at Nebraska on Oct. 17 in the first quarter with 31 yards. He then was held out of Saturday's loss to Colorado at home.
Missing seven quarters of action, and the team losing two games, have pretty much killed Freeman's chances at becoming a Heisman Trophy candidate.
The action missed had also severely hurt Freeman's chances of breaking Oregon's career rushing record held by LaMichael James.
Freeman is 1,555 yards away from James' record of 5,082 set from 2009 through 2011.
Freeman began the year with 3,203 career yards after rushing for a program-record 1,838 yards in 2015. That figure broke James' previous single-season record of 1,805 set in 2011.
Here is a statistical breakdown of Freeman's run at both the yardage and touchdown records:
James' record: 5,082 yards.
Last week: Freeman sat out the team's 41-38 loss to Colorado. The week prior at Nebraska he rushed for 31 yards before leaving the game in the first quarter with an injury during the 35-32 loss.
2016 total: Freeman has gained 325 yards on 37 carries this season.
Freeman needs: He sits 1,554 yards away from breaking James' record.
Average needed per game (13-game season): With nine games remaining, Freeman must average 172.7 yards per game to break James' record.
James' record: 53.
Last week: Freeman sat out.
2016 total: He now has four rushing touchdowns.
Career total: Freeman sits at 39 for his career. He needs two touchdowns to tie Barner (41) for second place.
Freeman needs: He is 14 rushing touchdowns away from breaking the record.
Next up: The Ducks play at Washington State (1-2).