Oregon running back CJ Verdell was named the Pac-12’s Offensive player of the week after his performance in leading the Ducks over then-ranked No. 7 Washington in Eugene.
Verdell carried the ball 29 times for 111 yards and two scores, but none were bigger than the final six yards. Trailing 27-24 in overtime and facing third-and-goal, Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal decided to entrust Verdell with the ball and called a running play. Verdell took the ball from quarterback Justin Herbert and ran through an arm tackle and into the endzone, sending Autzen stadium into a frenzy as his teammates mobbed him in the endzone.
Verdell’s performance was his third consecutive game with 100+ rushing yards and his fourth on the season. He’s the first Oregon player to rush for 100 yards in the first three Pac-12 games of the season since Byron Marshall did it in 2013. Verdell is also the first Oregon freshman in program history to rush for at least 100 yards in four of his first six games.
On the season, Verdell has rushed for 531 on 97 carries (5.5 yards per carry) and four scores. The Ducks travel to Pullman, Wash. this weekend to face No. 25 Washington State. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. and will air on Fox.