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Solak | Royce Freeman and Oregon run away from Wyoming early

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Solak | Royce Freeman and Oregon run away from Wyoming early

Oregon Ducks @ Wyoming Cowboys


War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY

Score:  Oregon 49, Wyoming 13

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Wyoming Cowboys

Josh Allen, QB, Redshirt Junior:  Plagued by wild inaccuracy (high). Inaccuracy stems from varied release point, due to insufficient weight transfer in throwing motion. Made multiple questionable decisions and relied upon arm talent to jam ball into impossible spots. Uncomfortable reading entirety of field: locked on to first read or abandoned reads entirely when short internal clock expired. Often lacked anticipation. Showed some good accuracy and placement on in-breaking routes. Has the arm to reach all levels of the field, including outside of the numbers, but lack of anticipation caps efficacy here. Can do better to adjust platform and arm angles to throwing hallways. Demonstrated touch and velocity, and an understanding of when to use both. Modeled excellent mobility and a natural feel for pocket work. Can release off-platform without a drop-off in accuracy. Arm is clearly NFL-level. Overall product requires significant development, but raw tools are there. Stock:  Same

Oregon Ducks

Royce Freeman, RB, Senior:  Ran tough and maximized yardage. Has vision and decisiveness to consistently get what’s blocked. Second-level vision and anticipation allows him to run through advantageous angles regularly. Excels at lowering pads to fall forward. Has nice contact balance and does well shedding arm tackles. Catches well out of the backfield. Lacks open-field elusiveness and long speed. Burst shows up occasionally, but not consistently. Consistent positive yardage, as well as short-yardage success, models an early-down workhorse. Athletic ability limits NFL projection.  Stock:  Same

Tyler Crosby, OT, Senior:  Big-bodied and powerful. Has excellent grip strength, though punch often arrived late. Surrendered the inside too often and easily. Showed nice foot speed, but allowed base to become too narrow on kick-slide, and often abandoned kick-slide when unnecessary. Modeled nice discipline, keeping balance and remaining patient in pass protection. Occasionally lost to power due to late hands, but re-anchored well (albeit against markedly inferior competition). Average lateral quickness made him susceptible to spin/club moves. Generated excellent movement consistently in the run game. Surprisingly effective climbing to second level, despite lack of agility. Further tape against stiffer competition is desired, but overall performance is noteworthy. Stock:  Up

Other Players that Flashed 

Oregon’s Dillon Mitchell, WR, Sophomore: Modeled nice elusiveness on multiple plays. Ideal agility led to cris routes and consistent separation. Didn’t have good punt return looks, but upside is there for nice special teams value. Offensive weapon to watch moving forward.

Wyoming’s Andrew Wingard, SS, Junior: Range and instincts led to omnipresence on the field. Loves to play downhill and aggressive. Decent tackler who tends to arrive too hot. Utilized as a dime LB often. Excelled as a QB spy/green dog blitzer. Size and play style translates to ideal special teams usage and box safety depth in NFL.

Best Players on the Field 

Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

Tyler Crosby, OT, Oregon


Benjamin Solak

Ben Solak has been a football fan and film junkie for all of his life, and has the pleasure of serving as a National Scout for NDT Scouting. He also covers the Philadelphia Eagles for Bleeding Green Nation and co-hosts the Locked On Eagles podcast. Ben takes many things far too seriously, including fishing, Captain America, grammar, and Game Of Thrones.

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