Willie Taggart: Broncos getting ‘a great young man’ in rookie RB Royce Freeman

Royce Freeman

Third-round pick Royce Freeman answers questions at his draft-weekend press conference on April 28, 2018. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON)

Royce Freeman
Third-round pick Royce Freeman answers questions at his draft-weekend press conference on April 28, 2018. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON)

Freeman’s coach in 2017 at Oregon, Willie Taggart, had nothing but praise for his star running back.


“You’re getting a great young man, a young man that’s all about his business,” said Taggart, who left Oregon for the head-coaching position at Florida State in December 2017. “He’s going to be where he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there. He’s going to practice the way he’s supposed to, and he’s going to be a great teammate.

“I think the Broncos [have] done their homework when it comes to Royce Freeman and know exactly what kind of player and person they’re going to bring into their organization. Every program would love to have a guy of Royce Freeman’s qualities.”

Taggart said that Freeman was one of the first players to meet with him after he took Oregon’s head-coaching job in December 2016. Freeman was considering turning pro after his junior season, but opted to stay for one final year at Oregon — in part because he knew he had to help the Ducks get back to their usual form after a 4-8 season that was the program’s worst in 25 years.

“He told me he wanted to make sure he [left] the University of Oregon back on the right track, and not leave on a down year,” Taggart said. “He played a big role in what we were doing.”

Listen to the full interview with Taggart, including his thoughts on potential pro prospects he’s now coaching at Florida State:

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