EUGENE, Ore. -- Royce Freeman has had quite a career for Oregon, and he is moving up on a key Pac-12 career list.
With his three touchdowns Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Ducks’ 49-13 victory at Wyoming, Freeman now ranks second all-time in the conference with 53 rushing touchdowns, tied with former Oregon great LaMichael James.
Freeman now only trails a popular player for the Ducks’ rival: Oregon State’s Ken Simonton.
From 1998 to 2001, Simonton rushed for 59 touchdowns for the Beavers, which still ranks No. 1 all time in Pac-12 history.
Freeman has nine regular-season games left this season, plus possibly a bowl game, to set the record.
So far this season, Freeman has scored nine rushing touchdowns, so he is on pace to shatter the all-time record.
Although, it should be noted that James scored his 53 touchdowns in just three seasons.
Freeman was on the fence about returning to the Ducks after last season’s 4-8 record. But after Willie Taggart took over the program, Freeman decided to come back to finish his degree and try to end his Ducks career on a high note.
Oregon just wrapped up a 3-0 trip through its nonconference schedule. The Ducks open Pac-12 play at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Arizona State.
So far, it appears that Freeman made the right decision to come back.