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Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:36 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 7:20 am
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: LaMichael James has since denied the Oregonian report that he would be entering the NFL draft. 

James could have gone pro last season but instead decided to return to improve his draft stock, and did so by adding 15 pounds and returning punts.

Depending on who else will be declaring for the NFL draft, James is currently fifth in the CBSSports.com NFL draft rankings at running back.

Though he still has a game left in his career at the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin, James is already Oregon's all-time leading rusher with 4,923 yards and also has scored more rushing touchdowns than any other back in school history with 52.

James turning pro would be a big loss for Oregon but it's not as if the Ducks are hurting at the running back position. Kenjon Barner rushed for 909 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and he's expected to return for his senior year. Then there's DeAnthony Thomas, who had 1,011 total yards and 14 touchdowns in his first season while being named the co-Freshman of the Year in the Pac-12.
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Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

smiles.....thanks for considering a seasonal game with the Trojans a "big" game.....it's nice having that reputation. And- 8 out of 14? Hardly dominating......why, it's almost statistically average....



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

USC hasn't been hanging a bunch of Championship banners on any kind as of late.  I know the Trojans are excited to dominate a Southern addition whose best team was 6-6 this year and next year the Division looks easier to win.  But, Oregon has owned USC as of late.  You might remember the Ducks took the PAC Title from you before you were on probation.    And, surely you recall the beating they put on you at your house last year. 

Meanwhile, to all those misinformed about the value of education to LMJ, he will graduate this year.  He has all his credits after four years at Oregon and will leave with his degree.  If he stayed, he would have to defer graduation or enter a graduate study program.

It seems many aren't aware that most of LMJ's yards have come from "between the tackles".  Of course, the NFL is bigger, but that is true for everyone.  LMJ has a few years as a punt returner and catching some wheel routes and will make a fair amount of money at the pro level.

I think he should go for a masters degree and do one more year at Oregon while winning the Heisman and the National Championship.

But, if the kid can make a million dollars, why not take that deal?





Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

Your right SC has struggled against them during that span. But if they were that good why couldnt they win a National Championship? 



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

JD i agree and disagree with you...
The problem with James is in the NFL he wont have the holes to run through ot the spread offense to confuse defenses with. Everything will be much faster and he wont be the best guy or one of the best guys on the field. I think that guys his size can work but like many have said only in the right system. If he can go to Denver he will be a great fit in that offense they have been running. If he goes to a run happy team like NYG or maybe Baltimore where they grind it out no way. Look at Quizz Rogers hes doing ok but will never be the man in ATL which is ok. I think he should leave and enter the draft his stock is lower than it was last year and could drop more next year. All it takes is for a couple bad games for him and then have some new up and comer around the country have a brak out year. You try to mention his potential success with Stewart and Blunt (Johnson is not a star so i wont include him just yet) and the difference with those guys is their size. They are between the tackle backs or around the outside. James cannot do what they do because he is way too small. Mo Morris is a bigger back and still has yet to make himself a full time starter. Most of the backs from Oregon other than the above mentioned never really do much other then being backups or practice squad guys, look at was his name Ontario Smith i think? where did he go? Im just saying he should leave now and hope to go to the right team. 



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

If everyone comes back for SC this year theyll need him and the other backs to keep up. SC will be the Pac 12 Champs next year. The ducks can fly together all they want but they will continue they're recent tradition of not being able to win the Big one.
Except for the 8 out of 14 they have beat SC since 94



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

If everyone comes back for SC this year theyll need him and the other backs to keep up. SC will be the Pac 12 Champs next year. The ducks can fly together all they want but they will continue they're recent tradition of not being able to win the Big one.



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

Go Pro . Please! LOL. He's a pain in the shade. The sooner he's gone the easier it gets for USC. LOL.

Those little guys have caused the Trojans nothing but trouble for years. I suppose you have another one right behind him to continue giving us a hard time......



Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:29 am
 

Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

LaMicheal has always claimed that education is more important than fooball. Well we shall see. If he does enter the draft it will have been a great run for him and the Ducks. I wish him well should he go pro. I'd personally like to see him come back and smash all the Pac12 records that he hasn't already broken.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:10 am
 

Oregon's James denies report he is going pro

James does not have the size to last long in the NFL.  That is why he should enter the draft now.  RB's his size have a limited life span in football, and it does not matter if you are playhing in the NFL, or in the college ranks.  He should get as much as he can now, especially the way he spends money.  Oregon lost to USC in Eugene this season.  I understand that Oregon's schedule is loaded with non-on patsies at home next season, but they still must play USC, and this time, it is at the Coliseum.  His stock can only go down.  Take the money while you can, kid.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:44 am
 

Too early to make a decision

Most players should stay in school and get their degrees.  James, though, should get a serious look in the NFL and will probably sign a guaranteed contract.  If he saves a little bit of his money instead of spending it on expensive cars, a "posse," and "making it rain" in night clubs,  he will be able to go back to school when his career is over.  
 
If he projects as a first round draft choice, he should go, because he has nothing left to prove at Oregon.  The guaranteed contract will be like winning a second-week lotto jackpot, and can always return later.  If he projects at second round or lower, though, he should finish school, walk away with a degree, and see if they like him in the first round next year.  


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