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Royce Freeman Starting vs Washington State

The Ducks will have their All-American back in the starting line-up Saturday against the Cougars

Washignton State v Oregon Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

PULLMAN, Wash. - Oregon running back Royce Freeman returns to the Ducks’ starting line-up Saturday evening from Martin Stadium against Washington State.

Mark Helfrich’s Ducks are 2-0 with Freeman on the field and 0-2 when he is in street clothes.

The Heisman hopeful rushed for 325 yards on 37 total carries for an incredible average of 8.8 yards per carry, alongside four touchdowns so far this season. He has also caught four balls for 34 yards. His 207 rushing yards against Virginia was a season-high mark for the Duck rushing attack.

Tony Brooks-James, Kani Benoit and Taj Griffin exhibit the deepest and most talented running back “bench” trifecta in the nation. Should Freeman need a breather, any one of the three can provide an instant spark.

Oregon is seeking to get back on track after dropping two straight games, including a Pac-12 heartbreaker at home vs Colorado last weekend. Freeman will add that something extra on offense, but the defense still remains the weakest link.

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