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Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 9:54 am
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

When Oregon star running back LaMichael James was upbeat and positive about his status when speaking to the media just hours after dislocating his elbow against California. He told reporters he suffered a similar injury in high school, and even came back the next week. While head coach Chip Kelly has made no official determination on whether James will go against No. 18 Arizona State on Saturday, starting quarterback Darron Thomas has made it sound highly unlikely.

Thomas told The Oregonian on Wednesday after practice the Ducks were pushing themselves a little harder in practice "knowing we're going to be without LaMichael."

"I'm all right," Thomas said discussing Oregon's other offensive options. "We've got Kenjon [Barner] in the backfield with me. He is a step behind LaMike, doing the same things. We've got Tra Carson doing well for us. I can't wait to see him play. And De'Anthony, everybody knows about De'Anthony."

While Thomas' prognosis for James is not official, he is 100% correct that "everybody knows about De'Anthony." Star freshman De'Anthony Thomas has been everything Oregon fans could hope for, leading the team in receiving (17 catches, 286 yards, four touchdowns) and sitting just behind James as the team's second leading rusher (25 carries, 191 yards, two touchdowns). With James likely sidelined, the first places the Ducks will look for that offensive explosion will be Barner and DAT.

Last season Arizona State played the Ducks close before eventually falling 42-31. The Sun Devils defense held the Ducks to 2 for 13 on third down conversions and held James to just 94 yards rushing. Late in the third quarter, Arizona State held a 24-21 lead late in the third quarter before three Darron Thomas touchdowns and a fumble recovery for a score put the game out of reach. Oregon has taken the last six meetings between the conference rivals, Arizona State has not won in Autzen Stadium since 2004.

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Comments

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

There goes the point spread.  I'll bet the money in Vegas is flying toward ASU right now.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

I'm a Ducks fan, James is our star player. Against a ranked opponent I think this will result in a loss. I would like to believe the team can win but I have to be realistic (even considering the Ducks owning the sun devils in recent years). I hope his elbow heals quickly, ♥ you 21




Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

This wont matter at all. If it was Thomas out then yes it would, but their deepest position is RB so there shouldn't be too much of a drop-off. ASU has no chance in this game. The *ucks win by at least 20 at home. Man that hurts to say



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

Ducks will still roll. Black Mamba and Barner will run wild in LaMike's absence.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

As a huge ASU fan , first of all this will still be the toughest game of the season for ASU. Second, this is ASU's chance to really run away with the pac 12 south.  Sure Oregon will still be a recking force and offensive juggernaut, but this is a huge loss for Oregon.  James being the best RB in the nation.  YES, the entire nation, how can anyone fill his shoes?  How can anyone put up the numbers he does at the college ranks?  How can anyone effect the game like he does?  They can't.  And ASU better darn well take advantage of this.  ASU STILL needs to play the game of their lives to win.  BUT without James ASU chances are massive.  Burfict needs to get his intimidating killer instinct again.  Dennis Erickson needs to tell Burfict to go for blood and not hold back. Do it Devils.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

Is this the slowest news day in history?  Hmm.  RB dislocates elbow and won't be carrying the ball the following Saturday.

Now, if we were told that he was returning after one week to carry the ball, that would be news.



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

Felt like I was reading a paper written by my 5th grader.

"When Oregon star running back LaMichael James was upbeat and positive about his status when speaking to the media just hours after dislocating his elbow against California."- This is not a complete sentence.

"Late in the third quarter, Arizona State held a 24-21 lead late in the third quarter before three Darron Thomas touchdowns and a fumble recovery for a score put the game out of reach." - It is redundant to say late in the third quarter twice.

 Oregon has taken the last six meetings between the conference rivals, Arizona State has not won in Autzen Stadium since 2004. - This is questionable. It reallly shoud be 2 sentences, or you could put "and" between the clasues, and make a correct sentence.




Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:32 am
 

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

I agree, they will be fine because of the system.  They have athletes and those athletes will step up and fill the position.



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:29 am
 

Darron Thomas gives unofficial update on James

Barner will do well because of the system that LaMichele James benefited from.


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