Freeman discusses his big start and UO

Imperial (Calif.) running back and Oregon verbal commit Royce Freeman discusses his strong start to the season and studying up on the Ducks

Oregon verbal commit Royce Freeman has been tearing it up for Imperial (Calif.) in his first two games. After posting 340 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries against Cibola, he followed that up with a four touchdown game against Yuma High, amassing 184 yards on nine carries in three quarters.

"My performance, I think, has gone pretty well," Freeman said. "From my work in the offseason, I've shown a lot of improvement. I still have some stuff to work on, but I'm excited and looking forward to it."

Imperial has installed a new offense this season according to Freeman, which has taken some time to get used to. Though not fully mastered, the 6-foot, 227-pound running back feels they are making progress.

"We've done well, especially the offensive line," Freeman said. "We all can improve on it and get accustomed to the fast pace, but so far I think we've done well."

Thus far, Freeman has been keeping track with Oregon through their two victories. He was able to take in their 59-10 win last week at Virginia in its entirety and made note of a few things.

"I was excited to see Thomas Tyner get in and do his thing," Freeman said. "I picked up on a couple of things, mostly the inside zone runs they were doing."

Seeing Tyner, a highly touted freshman, come in and make an early impact is a good sign for Freeman, who could see himself in a similar position next season. He's having weekly discussions with either running backs coach Gary Campbell or head coach Mark Helfrich on how he can improve to get a head start before coming to Eugene.

"He's an amazing athlete," Freeman said of Tyner. "I followed his high school career and he's around the size of me. I'm a little bit bigger. It's great that they're expecting that much of him, and I have no problem rolling in and attempting to do that to the best of my abilities with the help of Coach Campbell and Coach Helfrich."

Also a topic of conversation, according to Freeman, is an official visit. He already has a game in mind, though he said nothing is set in stone right now.

"I'm eyeing the UCLA game," Freeman said.

Speaking of the Bruins, both UCLA and USC periodically check in to reiterate their interest and inquire about possible visits according to Freeman.

"I don't think there'd be a problem seeing them play a game with them playing Oregon," Freeman said. "But that's something I'd have to talk about with the Oregon coaches."

Despite being pursued, Ducks fans needn't worry for now about his status.

"There's no chance of flipping," Freeman said. "I'm solid with Oregon right now."

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