Oregon Ducks Football Details
Oregon made a big change after the 2016 season, replacing head coach Mark Helfrich with Willie Taggart. Taggart is coming off of a ridiculous four-year run with South Florida, where he went 2-10 in his first season with the team and 10-2 in his last. The Bulls had one of the most explosive offenses in the nation last year, and that should have Ducks fans feeling pretty excited about this hire. Taggart is going to have Oregon playing its usual brand of high-scoring football, so fans in Eugene will definitely be treated to some great games at Autzen Stadium this season. The Ducks have never won a national championship in the program’s history, but it won’t be surprising if Taggart changes that in the near future.
The most exhilarating player on this year’s Oregon team is Royce Freeman. The running back dealt with a number of injuries last season, which is why he rushed for only 945 yards after rushing for 1,836 in 2015. Freeman is a perfect fit for Taggart’s offense, and it he’s one of the nation’s top candidates to lift the Heisman Trophy at the end of the year. Under center for Oregon is sophomore Justin Herbert, who possesses all of the qualities you’d want in a Ducks quarterback. Herbert threw for 19 touchdowns with only four picks as a freshman in 2016, and he also rushed for 40 or more yards in three of his starts. His ability to run the ball will open things up for this offense, and his future is extremely bright as long as Taggart is around.