Oregon Football: Royce Freeman To Skip Las Vegas Bowl

The Oregon football team will be without star running back Royce Freeman this weekend.

On Thursday, Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal announced the Ducks all-time leading rusher will not suit up against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Freeman made the decision to sit out and focus on the NFL.

“This is hard for him. This is not an easy decision, for a guy who’s invested his heart and soul in this program,” Cristobal said, via Rob Moseley of GoDucks.com. “Am I disappointed in him? No. Do I want to see him play? Absolutely. But I stand by him.”

Freeman finishes the season with 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns. He finishes his career with 947 carries for 5,621 yards and 60 touchdowns.

With Freeman out, the Ducks will turn to Kani Benoit and Tony Brooks-James.

Benoit has 573 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year, while Brooks-James has added 485 yards and two scores.

Kickoff between the Ducks and Boise State on Saturday afternoon is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The Broncos enter the game as 7.5-point favorites.

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