Royce Freeman concluded his phenomenal high school career with a San Diego section record 7606 yards as the Imperial Valley fell 56-12 in the semi-finals to powerhouse St. Augustine. Freeman had 20 carries for 168 yards in the loss as Tigers finished 11-1.
Freeman averaged 11.79 yards a carry in his four years with the varsity, with an astounding 111 rushing touchdowns. He told reporter Jonathan Dale of the Imperial Valley Press, “This is the best season we ever had as a team. It’s the best team we’ve ever had and I’m just very proud.”
Royce rolls: Army All-American and Oregon commit Royce Freeman led the Imperial Valley Tigers to a best-ever 11-1 record, pounding opponents for over 7600 yards and 111 touchdowns in his high school career, 11.79 yards a carry.
Freeman will play in the Army All-American game this January, one of seven Duck commits selected for All-American games, all nationally televised in January:
RB Royce Freeman
WR Jalen Brown
QB Morgan Mahalak
CB Arrion Springs
Semper Fi All-America
RB Tony James
OL Tyrell Crosby
Morgan Mahalak led his 12-0 Marin Wildcats to a 48-20 semi-final victory over Analy Saturday in the Northern California Section playoffs. Mahalak was 23-32 passing for 293 yards and 4 TDs, 1 int and 10 for 121 rushing with 1 td. Named to the UnderArmour All-America team this weekend, the 6-3, 195-lb. dual-threat has 19 tds in his last four games, 14 through the air and 5 on the ground.
Highlights for the Analy game can be viewed HERE. The Wildcat senior gets the ball out quickly and delivers strikes to all levels of the defense as he has all season, but what's additionally impressive is how effective he is running the zone-read, a shifty, athletic open-field runner who is decisive on the keep, gets downfield and runs with authority. He delivers a beautiful ball as always, displaying a quick release and the ability to find open targets, very comfortable commanding his offense after a full season as a starter.
Jalen Brown and the Mountain Pointe Pride completed an undefeated state champion season with a 49-14 victory over Hamilton, Tyler Johnstone's and Reggie Daniel's prep alma mater. Doubled-covered all game, Brown grabbed a 47-yard touchdown pass in the win, on a halfback option play.
Hamilton has been to the state final 11 times, including two state championships each for Johnstone and Daniels, 29-1 in Johnstone's two years on the varsity. For Brown, the Army All-American finishes his senior year with 50 catches for 1178 yards and 18 tds, a gaudy 23.56 yards a catch. Senior highlights from all 12 games are available HERE.
Morgan Mahalak is going to be a stud QB in our system wow he's got great awareness in the pocket a feel for the pocket pressure around him and he go's through his progressions and man can he deliver the ball downfield. I think he's even got a better long ball than Marcus. The guy might be just a tad slower but he can run and doesn't look like he's easy to bring down, and looks like this kid knows the spread offense like its second nature, WOW great pickup by the Duck's coaching staff, and looks like if Lockie or Rodriguez wants to be in line to start 2015 they better start playing a lot better because this kid looks the part right now. Future looks bright at Oregon.
Hmmm - Marshall and Tyner (and maybe DAT), Benoit, Freeman, the new James. Yikes! That's a pretty full stable at running back. Freeman and Tony James to redshirt?
Jalen Brown is a talented kid with a ton of potential. He looks a lot faster than he is because the talent here in the valley is probably two or three notches below his skillset, and he seems like a Houdini the way he breaks tackles and makes people miss. The step up to college ball will be a challenge for him though, as it is for all players of his caliber. Once he adjusts to the speed and physical nature at the next level, I think you're looking at another Huff.
But please, God, don't let them put him on defense! He does not have the killer instinct of an Ifo or a Mitchell. :-)
Off Topic: Google "The end of the Mighty SEC" this is a pretty good article by Rachel Bachman in todays Wall Street Journal about the SEC canibalizing itself. Sounds like the Pac 12. Google it because if I link it, it will be blocked but you will turn it up.
Looking forward to next year and assuming we sign these players and existing players do not transfer, we will have a potential offensive machine in place. Assuming Marcus Mariota leaves, sorting out the QB competition between Lockie, Rodgriguez, Hobbs and Mahalak should be interesting. And how about running backs? Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and Royce Freeman (assuming DAT leaves) should be a formidable line up. Oh well, one can dream.
Freeman looks like a STUD RB that will not be RS and will be playing next year If indeed this Team has plans of getting to that 4 Team Playoff. This kid looks like a lot bigger version of LaMichael James.
@zduckfan Brown is slotted for the big receiver position the Ducks have got in recent years from Daryle Hawkins, Lavasier Tuinei, and Garren Strong. Very excited about his play-making ability, and yes, he'll have an adjustment at the next level as many kids do. Watching the way he competes for the ball in traffic and runs after the catch, he has tremendous potential to be a big-play guy in the PAC-12.
@SonomaDuck I'll check it out SD, thanks. Bachman is one of the best watchdogs in college football, in a good sense, telling the truth about the money and the game. Weird isn't it that A&M and Missouri have come into the SEC and made such an impact.
@SonomaDuck Yeah, let's watch Ohio State lose this weekend and see how fast the worm turns.. They'll have either Auburn or Missouri in there faster than you can say "bias!"
@SonomaDuck Some of those position battles will be interesting, particularly whether any of the freshman have a significant early impact. The running back position looks particularly loaded. Interesting to see also how the coaches tweak the offense and defense to fit the personnel, a critical part of coaching.
@SonomaDuck You can quote me on this, Sonoma:
Mariota stays to mentor Mahalak. DAT stays, but plays TAZR. Ifo goes. Tyner wins the RB starting position.
You heard it here first. Of course, this is just my opinion. I could be wrong.
@Dale Newton @zduckfan I agree on his potential. The only concern I have is watching his pursuit on defense. If you watch closely, he shies away from contact and waits for others to make the big hit. That's okay because he'll be playing offense though, and he probably doesn't have an Aliotti in his face in practice talking Sun Tzu at the top of his lungs either. :-)
COME on people this 4 Team Playoff is just what the SEC had ordered and how much you want to bet next year there will not be 2 Teams from the SEC in that Playoff. Why else would it have 14 years to the contract. It's a JOKE to start with just like the BSC was. Should of started off with 8 Teams, 6 conferences and 2 Automatic Qualifiers. Now wouldn't that seem to a whole lot of people to make the most sense because you have 6 Major Conferences anyway's and then to have them or whoever them are to sign a 14 year contract makes it awfully fishy to begin with. So somebody now is always going to be left out and lets face it the ACC was terrible this year, and they were not close to the PAC 12 and how they got 2 Teams in to BCS Bowls is PATHETIC at BEST. I know this Oregon and the Pac 12 Commissioner are not on the same page. Heck we might as well join the SEC, because we'd be better represented than we are in the PAC 12.
@Dale Newton @zduckfan @SonomaDuck Passion for sports transcends many things Dale. Sonoma is a good guy, and besides, we're both talking out of our biased butts on what happens next season and we know it. We both hope MM stays, especially rather than see him end up in Jacksonville.
I guess we'll see what Marcus is made of. I'm not saying that he would be a hypocrite for taking the money over his goals, but it would certainly be out of character after all he's said. To be paid a king's ransom to play a kids game has a very strong appeal.
si.com's Chris Burke has the same prediction, updated 11/24. All three of those are after Stanford and Arizona, before OSU. The comeback drive in the Beaver game and some big-time throws he made in that game probably enhanced rather than hurt his draft stock.
I'll keep watching for updates, but that's what I got right now. At two, Mariota is looking at a lot of money to come out now. A table of salary estimates for the top ten picks in 2013:
The top four picks all got deals in the $20 million range.
Marcus has said he'll make the best decision for his family. His parents are hard-working people and his father is a TSA agent, but that's a tremendous amount of money.
In terms of his development, I truly believe staying in college another year is the best decision, but he can get paid right now with the potential and skill he has.
@zduckfan @SonomaDuck Certainly you could be right. I am still thinking Marcus Mariota is a first rounder and that would be big money. The scouts know he was hurt against UCLA, Stanford, Utah and Arizona. Perhaps Oregon State as well. It is really just talk for us but what if Lockie or perhaps Rodriguez were thinking of transferring if he stays. Or Damien Hobbs or Mahalak does not officially sign. Those four are looking closely at what MM does and if he stays we may lose one or more. We may lose one anyway.
I guess we will know in January. Until then, this will get analyzed by every one.
I say move DAT to the defensive secondary. This is one area that will need help next year and that is his best shot in the pro game. Wounderful player to watch but undersized for his role in college much less the pros.
I agree, Ifo is gone for sure and has a bright future ahead.
I like Marshall and Tyner in the same backfield.
Mariota really does see this team and UO as his family, and getting a degree as a commitment. Beyond that, his draft stock plummeted as the "system quarterback" chorus chimed in after the two losses. He went from first round to probably third or fourth, which is a substantial amount of money.
He can improve his stock and fulfill his commitments over the next season or two, or he can be another QB like Locker or Barkley who plummets even further. He also has the Darron Thomas example staring him in the face. If I had money to bet, I'd bet he stays. That's just who he is.
DAT's stock suffered as well, not just because of his injury, but moreso because of the recent performances of LMJ and Barner in the NFL He is smaller than they are, and there are a LOT of DAT-speed players in the NFL who are bigger, stronger, and more durable. De'Anthony can enjoy another year of track, and only improve his prospects in 2014.
I think Ifo goes because he's a natural talent in a position of need in the NFL. His credentials as a defensive player take a hit every time Aliotti makes him play 10 yards off the ball, so the sooner he escapes the better. I say mid-second to third round max, depending on what he shows in the bowl game. It better be good though. Paul Richardson made him look like a dork, and did the best corner in college football really need help to not double, but triple team Brandon Cooks?
Yeah, he did.
Tyner is clearly a more powerful runner to Marshall's graceful expeditions through holes large enough to drive a bus through. When that gap narrows though, Marshall doesn't fare so well. Tyner does, and drives the pile or drags multiple defenders with him, finally and blissfully falling forward an extra two or three yards at the end of the play. No, I'm not a big fan of Marshall as the lead back, but I do like him. He just doesn't have that thang...