Oregon Ducks

Freeman record watch: 1,586 yards away from career record

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 has a chance to make history at Oregon. Again. 

After rushing for 207 yards on 21 carries Saturday night during a 44-26 win over Virginia, the junior sits 1,586 yards away from breaking Oregon's career rushing record held by LaMichael James.

Freeman, who wears No. 21, entered the season needing 1,880 yards to surpass James, the most famous No. 21 in program history, who rushed for 5,082 yards 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. 

Freeman got off to a slow start this season with 87 yards on 11 carries in the opener against UC Davis. He got back on track with his stellar performance against the Cavaliers.

Here is a statistical breakdown of Freeman's run at both the yardage and touchdown records:


James' record: 5,082 yards.

Last week: Freeman rushed for 207 yards on 21 carries. He ran for an 85-yard touchdown in the third quarter. 

2016 total: Freeman has now gained 294 yards on 32 carries. 

Career total: Freeman has 3,497 yards. He needs 127 to move into second place all time ahead of Kenjon Barner (3,623)

Freeman needs: He sits 1,586 yards away from breaking James' record. 

Average needed per game (13-game season): With 11 games remaining, Freeman must average 144.1 yards per game to set the record. 


James' record: 53.

Last week: Freeman scored twice on runs of two and 85 yards. 

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 Nebraska (2-0).