Oregon Ducks Running Back Royce Freeman was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation's top player at the end of the season. Freeman joins 11 additional Pac-12 players including Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, UCLA QB Josh Rosen, USC WR Juju Smith-Schuster, and Washington State QB Luke Falk.
With questions still looming at the quarterback position, Freeman is poised to have another breakout season. Over the past two years, no Pac-12 RB has rushed for more yards (3,211) or touchdowns (35) than Freeman, according to Oregon football's official twitter account. In fact, the junior back eclipsed Oregon football's single-season rushing record last season once held by LaMichael James. Freeman ran for 1,836 yards during his sophomore campaign.
Marcus Mariota last won the award for the Ducks in 2014, while also taking home the coveted Heisman Trophy.
The six-foot, 229 RB was named first-team All-Pac-12 in addition to being voted Most Outstanding Offensive Player by his teammates last season. As it stands right now, Freeman needs 1,880 yards to surpass LaMichael James as Oregon's all-time leading rusher. The all-time Pac-12 rushing record is also a possibility if Freeman chooses to stick around in Eugene for a full four years. Freeman needs 3,043 yards to exceed USC's Charles White as the all-time Pac-12 rushing leader. White has held the record for almost 30 years.
Freeman also has a chance to be the leader in Pac-12 rushing touchdowns. Oregon State's Kenny Simonton currently holds the record at 59 rushing touchdowns. Freeman is 25 scores away from exceeding that mark, and he's already ran for 35 touchdowns in his first two seasons, which is already tied for 22nd best in Pac-12 history.null