Royce Freeman was a Freshman All-American last year after racking up 1,365 net yards of rushing and 18 touchdowns plus another TD receiving. Standing 5-11, weighing 230 pounds, he is all muscle. Last year, he had six games in which he rushed for over 100 yards culminating in a 169-yard day against Washington. Known as a power runner, Freeman can also turn on the jets when need be.
If that wasn't enough, the Ducks also boast of a second back that can do the same things -- Thomas Tyner, back for his junior year. Last season Tyner was slowed by injuries, but in the final stages of the year, particularly against Florida State in the Rose Bowl, Tyner was a man among boys. Rushing to 124 yards and two touchdowns, he was a nightmare for the Seminole defense. He displayed power and breakaway speed in one of the most memorable performance by an Oregon running back.
When talking about the Oregon running game, don't forget about senior Byron Marshall. Although the leading receiver last season, Marshall started off his career at Oregon as a running back and will likely see time in the backfield this season -- just to keep opposing offensive coordinators guessing. Marshall's best year as a running back was in 2013 when he broke the 1,000-yard mark with 1,038 yards of rushing. He is the first player in Pac-12 history to gain more than a 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a career.
Oregon is so loaded at running back it is almost embarrassing, a fact the Duck coaching staff is more than happy about. In 2015 Oregon's offensive strength comes out of the backfield; that's great news for the Ducks and their fans, not so much for the competition.