Data Scout Notes: 2014: PWCamp/PMaxwell/POBrien/PUnitas/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang...2013: 1stC/DS Rating on 12-03-13: #1 rSo QB, #2 2014 Draft Eligible QB, #3/1000 Overall...PWCamp/POBrien/PMaxwell/PManning/TSXPMVP/TSX-PTW...2012: OROYC/1stC/ManningFinalist...#9FrQB in 2011
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10/22/14 - While Oregon's coaches believe something has clicked for Royce Freeman in the past two games, the Ducks' true freshman running back considers his recent success more a natural progression. Freeman ran for 169 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday night as No. 9 Oregon extended its winning streak over Washington to 11 games with a 45-20 victory. "A turning point?" Freeman asked. "I'm just trying to go every each and every week and improve and get a breakthrough. I'm just trying as hard as I can." Marcus Mariota threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12), who won their second straight game as they distance themselves from a loss at home to Arizona on Oct. 2.
Freeman's four TDs were the most rushing touchdowns in a single game for a Duck since Kenjon Barner had five against USC in 2012. "You saw some of his elusiveness that was legendary in fall camp," said coach Mark Helfrich, who said Freeman is playing freer. Offensive coordinator Scott Frost said Freeman has turned a corner after becoming the team's first 100-yard rusher with 121 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon's victory last weekend against UCLA. "If he just runs downhill - as big and as strong as his is - he's a force," Frost said. - AP Sports
10/13/14 - SEPT 8 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota, a junior from Honolulu, Hawai’i, completed 17 of 28 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns and added nine carries for 42 yards in Oregon’s victory over No. 7 Michigan State. Mariota completed seven of 12 passes for two TDs in the second half to pull the Ducks from a nine-point deficit to a 46-27 win. In the third quarter Mariota improvised for a remarkable 17-yard flip pass to Royce Freeman on third down to inject momentum into a team that capped its next three drives with scores. Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Wilson, RB, ARIZ; D.J. Foster, RB, ASU; Jared Goff, QB, CAL; Nelson Spruce, WR, COLO; Terron Ward, RB, OSU; Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA; Javorius Allen, RB, USC; Travis Wilson, QB, UTAH. - Pac-12 football
10/11/14 - One snap after Oregon's defense recovered Brett Hundley's fumble deep in UCLA territory, Marcus Mariota found an edge and scampered around it, diving for the Ducks' first touchdown. With those back-to-back plays, the Ducks demonstrated why it has been seven years since they lost back-to-back games in the same season — and why it certainly wasn't about to happen again at the Rose Bowl. Mariota ran for two touchdowns and passed for 210 yards and two more scores as No. 12 Oregon rebounded from its first defeat with a 42-30 victory over No. 18 UCLA on Saturday. Royce Freeman rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12), who built a 42-10 lead early in the fourth quarter with systematic superiority over UCLA, a preseason Top-10 team. Thomas Tyner and Pharaoh Brown caught TD passes as Oregon coasted home in its sixth straight win over the Bruins (4-2, 1-2).
A week after a 31-24 home loss to Arizona, Oregon showed no symptoms from the loss. "It says a lot about the character of this team that they were able to flush (last week) and just keep chugging," Mariota said. "We came out this Monday, and you could feel the intensity pick up. ... We believed in what we could do." Left tackle Jake Fisher's return from injury boosted the offense and encouraged Mariota, who had been sacked 12 times in the past two games without Fisher watching his back. - AP Sports
10/11/14 - Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Oregon Ducks dominated UCLA 42-30 Saturday at the Rose Bowl. The impressive road win, coming a week after the Ducks were upset at home by Arizona, kept Oregon in the Pac-12 championship race as well as in the discussion to participate in the national championship playoff. Meanwhile, Mariota reaffirmed his Heisman Trophy candidacy as the junior led his team to touchdowns on five of six possessions from the midway through the first quarter to midway through the third. Mariota completed 17 of 27 passes for 210 yards and ran seven times for 75 yards.
Mariota staked Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) to a 21-10 lead at halftime even though UCLA (4-2, 1-2) outgained the Ducks 262 yards to 224. After the Bruins' opening second-half drive stalled, Mariota directed his team on a 10-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with the quarterback running three yards, fumbling the ball, calming scooping up the ball and running another 20 yards untouched into the end zone. - The Sports Xchange
08/18/14 - Oregon now paying for injury insurance for Marcus Mariota, others...Earlier this week, CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler reported that unlike a handful of other FBS schools -- including Florida State and Jameis Winston -- Oregon was not paying for Marcus Mariota's injury protection insurance, or three other Ducks' similar policies. Oregon announced Friday that that has changed. "The families of quarterback Marcus Mariota, center Hroniss Grasu, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and defensive end Arik Armstead purchased policies this past offseason under the NCAA's 'exceptional student-athlete disability insurance' rule," the Ducks football program said in a statement. "The athletic department will reimburse them for out-of-pocket expenses related to the policies, after Texas A&M and Florida State took the previously unprecedented step of doing so for football players earlier this year."
The Ducks explained the prior lack of such reimbursements by saying they "had been operating with the understanding that paying insurance premiums would violate NCAA rules, based on previous inquiries" -- and that after seeing Florida State and Texas A&M take that step, they asked for permission from the Pac-12 and received it. The premiums will be paid through the school's NCAA-governed Student Assistance Fund. Oregon senior associate athletic director Craig Pintens previously told CBSSports.com that spending the money to cover the football players' and others' insurance premiums would deplete the Fund beyond the point where it could assist student-athletes with other issues, such as emergency dental work or trips for funerals. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com