College Football Film Room

CFBFR Player of the Game: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
Three things to know…
1. Oregon gave up throwing after shaking first half

In the first half, Oregon continued their season long trend of poor quarterback play and leaky protection along the offensive line. Starter Jeff Lockie and replacement, Taylor Alie, went 10-16 for 80 yards an interception. Even worse, they were sacked twice, and pressured on 14 of their 21 drop backs in the first two quarters. Oregon’s best passing play came on a 39 yard WR reverse pass from Bralon Addison to Charles Nelson leading many to openly joke that Addison may be the best, healthy quarterback on the roster.

But in the second half, Oregon gave up passing and just ran the ball. The Ducks threw the ball just 4 times and ran the ball 37, turning a tied game into a 17 point victory.

2. DeForest Buckner is a monster

Against the Colorado passing game, Buckner was in the backfield on nearly every play. Although Buckner didn’t record a sack, he came up with 8 hurries and 3 QB hits, while also making 6 tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage.

The Oregon pressure ended up making a huge difference as Oregon’s secondary continued to struggle.

3. What do we make of this Oregon team?

Without a healthy Vernon Adams, they struggle to throw the ball. In addition, their offensive line is productive at run blocking, but struggles in pass protection (16 pressures allowed versus Colorado). Although they have massive talent at the running back position and out at receiver, without a good QB, they’ll struggle to create an elite offense.

Similarly, their defense is great up front, but secondary deficiencies weigh down their overall ability. Most notably in this one, Glen Ihenacho allowed six receptions on seven targets.

When their front four get pressure, their secondary bust coverages. And when they drop back and play zone, their defense struggles to stop the run. Add it all up and they look like a team that should be ranked somewhere between 25-30.

Passing
QB Tm Db Att Comp Comp% AY/Att Yds Pres TD Int Dp TA Sk Ht Hur
Jeff Lockie 17
ORE
16
11
8
72.7%
4.5
54
11
0
1
1
0
1
0
7
Bralon Addison 2
ORE
1
1
1
100.0%
35.0
39
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Taylor Alie 12
ORE
10
9
4
44.4%
12.8
83
5
1
0
0
1
1
0
4

 

Rushing
RB
Tm
Att
Yds
Yds/Att
YAC
YAC/Att
1D
TD
MT
Stuff
Fm
Fm Lst
Royce Freeman 21
ORE
27
163
6.0
52
1.9
7
2
5
4
0
0
Taj Griffin 5
ORE
10
109
10.9
18
1.8
4
1
3
1
0
0
Kani Benoit 29
ORE
8
32
4.0
24
3.0
4
0
2
2
0
0
Taylor Alie 12
ORE
4
25
6.3
6
1.5
1
0
2
1
0
0
Jeff Lockie 17
ORE
4
19
4.8
3
0.8
1
0
1
1
0
0
Bralon Addison 2
ORE
2
17
8.5
18
9.0
1
0
1
0
0
0
Tony Brooks-James 20
ORE
1
4
4.0
2
2.0
0
0
0
0
0
0

 

Receiving
Receiver Tm Tgt Rec CTgt CRec AY/Tgt Yds Yds/Rec YAC MT Dp 1D TD
Bralon Addison 2
ORE
5
2
2
1
20.2
9
4.5
0
0
0
0
0
Jalen Brown 15
ORE
3
1
1
0
16.3
43
43.0
10
0
0
0
1
Royce Freeman 21
ORE
3
3
0
0
1.3
32
10.7
28
0
0
1
0
Taj Griffin 5
ORE
3
3
0
0
-3.3
41
13.7
51
1
0
2
0
Charles Nelson 6
ORE
2
2
0
0
20.0
44
22.0
4
0
0
1
1
Dwayne Stanford 88
ORE
1
1
1
1
7.0
7
7.0
0
0
0
0
0
Johnny Mundt 83
ORE
1
1
0
0
-1.0
0
0.0
1
0
0
0
0
Evan Baylis 81
ORE
1
0
0
0
14.0
0
0
0
1
0
0

 

Blocking
Player
Tm
Pos
Hur
Ht
Sk
PB Snaps
PB %
Pen
P. Yds
Matt Hegarty 72
ORE
C
1
0
0
27
96.3%
0
0
Cameron Hunt 78
ORE
RG/LG
0
0
1
27
96.3%
2
15
Tyrell Crosby 73
ORE
RT
1
0
1
27
92.6%
1
10
Matt Pierson 62
ORE
LG/RG
0
0
0
27
100.0%
0
0
Tyler Johnstone 64
ORE
LT
1
0
0
27
96.3%
0
0
Johnny Mundt 83
ORE
TE
1
0
0
5
80.0%
0
0
Royce Freeman 21
ORE
RB
0
0
0
4
100.0%
0
0
Evan Baylis 81
ORE
TE
0
0
0
4
100.0%
0
0
Taj Griffin 5
ORE
RB
0
0
0
2
100.0%
0
0
Kani Benoit 29
ORE
RB
0
0
0
1
100.0%
0
0

 

Pass Rush & Tackling
Defender
Tm
Tackle
MT
Stuff
Sack
Hit
Hurry
FF
FumR
BatPass
Rodney Hardrick 48
ORE
7
2
1
1
0
1
1
0
0
DeForest Buckner 44
ORE
6
1
2
0
3
8
0
0
0
Tyree Robinson 3
ORE
6
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Joe Walker 35
ORE
6
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Glen Ihenacho 25
ORE
5
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Tui Talia 55
ORE
3
0
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
Christian French 96
ORE
3
0
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
Alex Balducci 56
ORE
3
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
Torrodney Prevot 86
ORE
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Danny Mattingly 46
ORE
3
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
Reggie Daniels 8
ORE
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Ugo Amadi 14
ORE
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Arrion Springs 1
ORE
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Jimmie Swain 18
ORE
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Johnny Ragin 28
ORE
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Henry Mondeaux 92
ORE
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
Jalen Jelks 97
ORE
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
Juwaan Williams 17
ORE
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

 

Coverage
Defender
Tm
Tgt
Comp
ContTgt
ContCat
PD
Int
TD
Air Yds/Tgt
Yds
1D
PI
Glen Ihenacho 25
ORE
7
6
1
1
0
0
0
11.3
79
2
0
Tyree Robinson 3
ORE
4
3
2
1
1
0
1
6.8
15
0
0
Arrion Springs 1
ORE
2
2
1
1
0
0
0
7.0
16
1
0
Joe Walker 35
ORE
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
9.0
0
0
0
Reggie Daniels 8
ORE
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
12.0
0
0
0
Rodney Hardrick 48
ORE
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
9.0
0
0
0