2017 NFL Draft

LaMichael James, RB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Texarkana, TX
Height/Weight: 5-08 / 194 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/61 -- LaMichael James, RB, 5-8, 194, Oregon...Slippery undersized back will also be trained to return kicks. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Coach Jim Harbaugh, who had trouble beating LaMichael James and his Oregon Ducks when he coached at Stanford, was in no mood to entertain doubts about James's smallish stature, or whether James' selection was a commentary on starter Frank Gore. "There's no need for me to stand up here and defend the pick of LaMichael James. You asked a question, 'is it an indictment against Frank Gore?' My God no." James was arrested in high school and college for assault. The earlier charges were dropped, but James had to serve jail time and 24 months probation for the second charge. He was also investigated twice for NCAA violations. But according to the 49ers, James and his character checked out. "His reputation as a person and as a football player, is very near impeccable," Harbaugh said. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The 49ers went into the draft wanting to increase their big-play ability and that's exactly what they did with their first two picks. Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins possesses 4.31 speed according to the hand time 49ers scouts had for him at the college scouting combine. He was also enormously productive. Second-round pick LaMichael James is another dangerously fast, highly-productive player who amassed three straight seasons of over 1,500 yards rushing at Oregon. Both these players are slight, particularly James, who's only 5-8, 194 pounds, but the 49ers believe his stature could be effective behind their increasingly big offensive line. The knock on each of these players is strength. Jenkins, because of off-season injuries, has been unable to spend consistent time in the weight room and will need to get stronger. At times, he got stymied at the line of scrimmage because of that. James had injury issues at Oregon, including a dislocated elbow last season. Another problem with James is his lack of pass receiving; he never caught more than 18 passes in any one season and is not a natural pass catcher. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - RB LaMichael James, Oregon -- A definite change-up runner in the smashmouth offense of the 49ers. He's a mighty mite of a running back who was ultra-productive in the Ducks' spread offense. He's a blur with the ball, and shows the same level of toughness that made undersized tailback Warrick Dunn a 12-year pro.

04/23/2012 - Mock NFL drafts might be fun for fans to peruse, but they don't interest LaMichael James. Oregon's all-time leading rusher hasn't spent much time wondering which team will select him in this week's NFL draft, nor the round his name will be called. But James is a lock to come off the board, probably in the second or third round. "My dream's just to play in the NFL," said James, who elected to leave Oregon with a year of eligibility remaining. "I don't really care where I get drafted." Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell said James is the most productive back he's ever coached, and that's an impressive list that includes Reuben Droughns, Maurice Morris, Onterrio Smith, LeGarrette Blount and Jonathan Stewart. James was a durable, often electrifying, workhorse college back. He missed two games last season with a dislocated shoulder, but still rushed for a single-season school record 1,805 yards and 18 touchdowns. "How his body will hold up, I don't know," Campbell said. "He's put on pounds, so that should be helpful. (But) the NFL's a lot different. They hit a lot harder with a lot bigger guys." - Gary Horowitz, The Statesman Journal

04/19/2012 - LITTLE BIG MEN: THE BEST UNDERSIZED PLAYERS IN THIS YEAR'S DRAFT: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: He is officially the third-shortest player in the NFL draft at 5-8. He does have a 35-inch vertical and a 10-3 broad jump so he does explode and get big when he needs to. At 194 pounds he towers over Darren Sproles, who came out at 5-6, 190. A coach told me James was too tiny to take in the draft. How did the little man start 35 games, rush for 5,082 yards, 53 touchdowns and catch 51 balls? The coach said it was the system! Maybe it was, but I did say Sproles was the 130th pick in the 2005 draft because he was small but he's getting a number of coaches and personnel people fired. - Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com

03/16/2012 - LaMichael James improved his 40-yard dash time and Cliff Harris and Darron Thomas also had a chance to impress NFL scouts as several former UO football players worked out at Oregon's pro day Thursday afternoon in the Moshofsky Center. James, who ran the 40 in 4.45 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, was timed at 4.29 and 4.36 at that distance today by UO running backs coach Gary Campbell, the UO assistant said. Scouts, who each recorded individual hand-held times, agreed on a consensus time of 4.41 seconds, a source said. Harris, dismissed from the team last fall but welcome to work out at the Ducks' pro day, has bulked up to 180 pounds, about 20 more than he played with at Oregon. He said NFL teams have been interviewing him about his various off-field issues. Thomas threw passes to James, receiver Lavasier Tuinei, tight end David Paulson and former UO tight end Brandon Williams, who gave up the sport due to injury. Thomas elected not to conduct interviews with local media in attendance. The other players who worked out Thursday include offensive linemen Darrion Weems and Mark Asper, linebackers Josh Kaddu and Dewitt Stuckey, defensive end Terrell Turner, defensive backs Anthony Gildon and Eddie Pleasant and 2010 senior offensive lineman Bo Thran. - Rob Moseley, The Register-Guard

03/15/2012 - Oregon will hold its Pro Day Thursday to give former Duck football players another chance to impress NFL scouts. LaMichael James is expected to participate in the event. He was back in town on Wednesday after spending time working out in Los Angeles. "I just need to stay consistent," said James about Pro Day."I did great things at the combine, and I'm just going to go in and hopefully I improve.Being at home and being used to the turf here and not having to go to meetings all day.I think I'll have a good day tomorrow." James spent Wednesday afternoon talking with student athletes at Willamette High School.He spoke about developing good work habits and overcoming difficult circumstances. James also donated $5,000 worth of training equipment to the school in partnership with his sponsor SKLZ. - KVAL Sports

03/15/2012 - Oregon Pro Day: Several high-ranking team officials, including Cincinnati Bengals' head coach Marvin Lewis and Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz watched LaMichael James and the rest of the draft hopefuls from the University of Oregon workout at their Pro Day, Thursday. James, of course, was the big name. The All-American and 2010 Heisman finalist largely sat on his Combine results but he did elect to run the 40-yard dash again. The Oregon coaching staff timed him at 4.29 seconds in the event but NFL scouts clocked him at 4.41 seconds, an improvement over the 4.45 second time he posted in Indianapolis. More important than the speed James demonstrated was the soft hands and surprisingly adept route-running skills James showed Thursday, according to a source on the scene. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/29/2012 - A few weeks ago in this space, we cited the possibilities that tailback LaMichael James of Oregon might be able to play some in the slot, as a part-time receiver in the NFL. The jury is still out on James' potential as a receiver, as it is on other undersized burner, Florida's Chris Rainey. Both James (5-8, 194) and Rainey (5-8 3/8, 180), ran 4.45, tied for the second quickest time among backs, and both caught the ball well. But scouts want to see them catch the ball even more, and will spend time evaluating their hands at the pro days for the players. For now, they are regarded as complementary or change-of-pace backs and potential return men. But a few scouts noted that James, in particular, could be surprisingly rugged at times. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - There's no doubt that Oregon tailback LaMichael James, who announced last week that he will bypass his final season of college eligibility to enter the 2012 draft, is a big-time playmaker. But the question scouts have about James: At what position in the NFL will he make plays, and will he have an opportunity to make enough of them, to justify selecting him as anything but perhaps a high middle-round choice? A few scouts told The Sports Xchange that James might be able to make a transition to slot receiver because he is so good in space, but the consensus is that he hasn't yet demonstrated enough skills as an up-the-field receiver. "He's going to have to show (at the combine) that he can catch the ball as more than a back," said one AFC area scout. "Anyone that tells you he can do it just doesn't know yet." In a perfect bit of symmetry, James registered 17 catches in each of his three college seasons, but mostly on screen passes. He had three receptions of more than 50 yards, including an 84-yarder, but James still averaged only 11.5 yards per catch. In a league increasingly featuring change-of-pace backs, the versatile James may have a place because he can probably return kicks, although he had just 13 punt returns and three kickoff runbacks in college. But the 185-pounder might have some trouble as a slot receiver. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/09/2012 - University of Oregon running back LaMichael James has announced he has filed paperwork with the National Football League with the intent of entering the 2012 NFL Draft. The 5-9, 195-pound Texarkana, Texas, junior and the most prolific running back in school history stressed his decision was not an easy one, especially when taking his teammates and coaches into consideration. "My experience at the University of Oregon has been one unlike any other, and one I will never forget," James said. "I am grateful for the people I have met, the things I have learned, and the amazing community I have had the privilege of being a part of over the last three-and-a-half years. The community of Eugene welcomed me with open arms and has supported me since the day I arrived. I am lucky to have been a part of such an amazing place. I can truly say Eugene is my home away from home and a place I will always hold in high regards. "As for my coaches and teammates -- they are my family. I love each and every one of them and am eternally grateful for having each of them be a part of my life," James emphasized. "It has been both an honor and a privilege to be a part of something as great as the UO family." James said he has yet to hire an agent but would likely do so in the near future. - Oregon football

01/06/2012 - Oregon running back LaMichael James says he is skipping his senior year and declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. In a statement released Friday by the Ducks, James says he has not hired an agent. A 5-foot-9, 195-pound All-American, James rushed for a school-record 1,805 yards this season despite missing two games with a dislocated right elbow. He led the nation with an average of 150.4 yards rushing a game. James is Oregon's all-time leading career rusher with 5,082 yards. He is the first Pac-12 player to have three straight 1,500-yard seasons. In Oregon's 45-38 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, James rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown. - AP Sports

01/02/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Oregon is 9-15 in bowl games and has lost two straight in the 2010 Rose Bowl and 2011 BCS National Championship game. Oregon won its two previous bowl games in the 2007 Sun Bowl and 2008 Holiday Bowl, but lost four straight before those wins. Oregon is in a bowl game for the seventh straight season. Scouting the Oregon running game: Oregon led the Pac-12 conference and ranked fifth in the country with 295.7 rushing yards per game. LaMichael James tops the country with 149.6 yards per game, eight more than any other runner in the nation. His backup, Kenjon Barner, has run for 909 yards and 11 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - The NFL might be calling. But Oregon running back LaMichael James isn't ready to answer - yet. The two-time Doak Walker Award finalist, who passed on pro football last season, said he will make that decision sometime between Monday's 98th Rose Bowl Game against Wisconsin and the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to file for the 2012 NFL Draft. "I would be a fool not to consider (the NFL)," said James during a Rose Bowl Game press conference Thursday at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown. "I considered it last year, but that doesn't mean I'm going to leave. "I'm not going to think about that until next week. I have to talk with my family and see what's the best thing for me. The best thing for me right now is playing a great team like Wisconsin. My teammates come out here and practice hard each day and so for me to come out and say, `Hey, I'm going to think about going to the NFL now' would be totally selfish of me, and I'm not going to do that." James, who has rushed for 1,646 yards this season, is one of the more-prolific running backs in college football history. He has averaged more than 1,500 yards each of the past three seasons and comes into Monday's game 77 yards shy of 5,000. Most scouts predict him to between a late first-round or second-round pick. - Steve Ramirez, The Pasadena Star-News

12/19/2011 - LaMichael James remained adamant Saturday that he has not made a decision about his status for the 2012 NFL draft, in the wake of a report this week suggesting he's decided to pass up his senior season and go pro. James disputed that report through a UO spokesman when it was initially released. He met with media for the first time since the report on Saturday, after Oregon's practice in the Moshofsky Center as the Ducks' Rose Bowl preparations continued. "There's really nothing going on," James said. "I don't really know what happened with that deal. But I know my family called me, like, ???You declared for the draft?' I think it's kind of an unfair statement for somebody to go out and say something I didn't say." Both James and running backs coach Gary Campbell said they have an agreement that James' decision will not be announced until after the Ducks face Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2. "It's kind of on his time, and when he wants to come out and say whatever he's going to do," Campbell said. "He hasn't really, obviously, made up his mind. Some people think he has, but he says he hasn't, and that's where we stand right now. "He's going to hash things out in his mind, and when he decides to make it public, he will make it public." - Rob Moseley, The Register-Guard

12/15/2011 - LaMichael James will not return for his senior season. A source inside the Oregon football program has confirmed to The Oregonian today what has long been expected, that the Ducks' all-time leading rusher will declare for the NFL draft after this season. James, who also tops Oregon's career marks in rushing touchdowns and scoring, will play his final game as a Duck on Jan. 2 against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The junior from Texarkana, Texas, was named second-team All-America this morning. Oregon athletic department spokesman Dave Williford, however, said he talked with James on Wednesday afternoon, and that the fourth-year junior has not yet made a firm decision. James himself was not made available for questions but posted the following on his Facebook page: "I have not answered nor said I'm forgoing my (senior) season." My main focus is on the game Jan. 2" LaMichael James has requested a draft evaluation, according to an athletic department source. Underclassmen considering entering the draft can request an evaluation by the league's College Advisory Committee regarding their chances of being selected and Jan. 15 is the deadline for draft-eligible underclassmen to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft. - Aaron Fentress, The Oregonian

12/09/2011 - 2011 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: A redshirt junior from Texarkana, Texas, James leads the nation in rushing average at 149.6 yards per game, and ranks second in all-purpose average at 182.9. Now with 1,646 rushing yards this season, he is the only player in Pac-12 history with three seasons of 1,500 yards or more. James was named the MVP of the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game after rushing for 219 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon's win over UCLA on Dec. 2. He was named to the 2011 AFCA All-America Team at the all-purpose position on Monday. Oregon's career rushing leader ranks third all-time in conference history with 4,923 yards. James is a finalist for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, an honor he took home last season as the nation's top running back. - Oregon football

12/08/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD FINALIST (BEST RUNNING BACK): LaMichael James, Oregon, Jr...A redshirt junior from Texarkana, Texas, James leads the nation in rushing average at 149.6 yards per game, and ranks second in all-purpose average at 182.9. Now with 1,646 rushing yards this season, he is the only player in Pac-12 history with three seasons of 1,500 yards or more. Oregon's career rushing leader ranks third all-time in conference history with 4,923 yards. James is a finalist for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, an honor he took home last season as the nation's top running back. - Oregon football

12/07/2011 - 2011 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: AP LaMichael James, Jr., Oregon, has been selected to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. James, who became Oregon's first unanimous All-America last season, is the third player in school history and first since halfback Mel Renfro in 1962 and '63, to be named a two-time All-America. A redshirt junior from Texarkana, Texas, James leads the nation in rushing average at 149.6 yards per game, and ranks second in all-purpose average at 182.9. Now with 1,646 rushing yards this season, he is the only player in Pac-12 history with three seasons of 1,500 yards or more. James was named the MVP of the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game after rushing for 219 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon's win over UCLA on Dec. 2. Oregon's career rushing leader ranks third all-time in conference history with 4,923 yards. James is a finalist for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, an honor he took home last season as the nation's top running back. - Oregon football

11/26/2011 - LaMichael James ran for 142 yards before leaving with what appeared to be a left elbow injury, and No. 9 Oregon beat Oregon State 49-21 Saturday to clinch the Pac-12 North and a spot in the conference's first championship game. The Ducks (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) will host UCLA on Friday night with a chance to win their third straight conference title and a spot in the Rose Bowl. The Beavers (3-9, 3-6) aren't going to a bowl game for the second straight season. James, who went into the 115th Civil War as the nation's top rusher with an average of 142.78 yards per game, was hurt midway through the third when he was hit by Oregon State linebacker Tony Wilson. - AP Sports

11/26/2011 - Oregon running back LaMichael James left Saturday's rivalry game against Oregon State in the third quarter after what appeared to be an injury to his left elbow. James went down after a hit by Beavers linebacker Tony Wilson and held his left arm limply when he left the field. He was treated with ice on the sideline. Going into the game, James was the nation's leading rusher with an average of 142.78 yards per game. He ran for 142 yards and a touchdown against Oregon State before the injury. He was already playing with a brace on his right elbow, which he dislocated earlier this season. He missed two games because of the injury. - AP Sports

11/13/2011 - LaMichael James made one defender slip, then another. He cut back, sprinted through a seam and burst into the open field, taking large chunks of yards-and grass-all the way to the end zone. No turf? No problem for the Quack Attack. James ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns and No. 6 Oregon blew past third-ranked Stanford 53-30 on Saturday night, giving Andrew Luck's Heisman Trophy campaign a blemish and taking a giant step toward hosting the inaugural Pac-12 championship. "We were slipping. They were slipping. I just ran fast," James said. Too fast for Stanford-again. James ran for scores from 1, 4 and 58 yards and had Stanford (9-1, 7-1) defenders slipping all over a slick field. The Ducks (9-1, 7-0) ended the nation's best winning streak at 17 games-which the Cardinal began after a loss in Eugene more than a year ago-and can clinch the league's North Division crown over Stanford with a win in one of their final two games. "It's pretty cool. They always look down on us and then we come out and just play our game," Oregon defensive end Terrell Turner said. "That's what we want to do. Play our game and just shock people." The Ducks have no problems with Luck. Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble. Stanford had five total turnovers and lost its grip-and footing-for the first time all season. - AP Sports

10/10/2011 - Oregon coach Chip Kelly is notoriously tight-lipped about injuries, so there will be no updates on James' status given before the Ducks host Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 15. However, James said X-rays taken after the game showed nothing was broken, and he confirmed the injury was to his elbow and not his arm. He said the elbow popped out of place when he landed on the ground, but he put it back into place almost immediately. James said he had a similar injury in high school and played the following week, but it seems unlikely he will be ready to face the Sun Devils even with a couple extra days rest since Oregon played on a Thursday night. If the Ducks have to play without James, it would be a huge loss. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year and was putting himself among the leaders again for that award. He leads the nation with 852 rushing yards in five games, an average of 170.4 per game. James is the school's all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns, and surpassed the 4,000-yard mark to move into fifth place in conference history with 4,129 yards. He became the first player in FBS to exceed 200 yard in three straight games since Matt Forte of Tulane in 2007. Oregon does have depth at running back if James has to miss any games. Junior Kenjon Barner ran for 88 yards on 10 carries against Cal, while freshman De'Anthony Thomas has run for 191 yards and two touchdowns this season. - The Sports Xchange

10/10/2011 - WEEK 6 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon RB Running back LaMichael James, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, posted his third-consecutive game with 200 or more rushing yards as he piled up 239 yards on 30 carries and collected one touchdown in just over three quarters of play before leaving with an elbow injury in the 43-15 win over California. The Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week had four carries that were each over 30 yards. He became the first Pac-12 player since Marcus Allen in 1981 to accumulate three-straight 200-yard games rushing. Also Nominated (Offense): Brock Osweiler, QB, ASU; Keenan Allen, WR, CAL; Sean Mannion, QB, OSU; Andrew Luck, QB, STAN; Nelson Rosario, WR, UCLA. - Pac-12 football

10/09/2011 - WEEK 6 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LaMichael James, Junior, Running Back, Texarkana, TX/Liberty-Eylau: Oregon running back LaMichael James rushed for 239 yards (on 30 carries) and one touchdown as the ninth-ranked Ducks defeated Pac-12 rival California, 43-15, on Thursday evening. It was James' third consecutive 200-yard rushing effort for the Ducks, now 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-12. - Walter Camp Award

10/07/2011 - Running back LaMichael James injured his right arm early in the fourth quarter of No. 9 Oregon's game against California on Thursday night. Fans at Autzen Stadium chanted his name as the national rushing leader was carted off the field after trainers stabilized the arm in a sleeve. James, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, ran for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was hurt. He waved to the crowd as he left the field. James has run for at least 200 yards in his last three games, something no Ducks player had done before. He went into the game leading the nation with 153 yards rushing per game. He had 166 by halftime against Cal. - AP Sports

10/07/2011 - LaMichael James ran for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was carted off the field after injuring his right arm, dampening No. 9 Oregon's 43-15 victory over California on Thursday night. The nation's leading rusher went down early in the fourth quarter and trainers stabilized his arm in a sleeve as fans chanted his name. The Ducks (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) were driving for their fourth straight touchdown in the second half against the Golden Bears (3-2, 0-2) when he was injured. True freshman De'Anthony Thomas caught a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score for the Ducks, who have won four straight since a season-opening loss to LSU. Giorgio Tavecchio made three field goals-including a career-best 54-yarder - for Cal, which led 15-14 at the half but couldn't sustain its momentum against the country's top scoring offense. - AP Sports

10/06/2011 - James had two touchdowns against Arizona that gave him a school-record 42 rushing touchdowns and 47 total touchdowns. He has rushed for 200 or more yards five times in his career to set another school record and his 20th 100-yard game extended his school record. With 3,890 career yards, he is ranked ninth on the Pac-12's all-time rushing list. The critics who attacked his speed after the loss to LSU also said that performance would take him out of the Heisman Trophy race this season, but James is back in the mix. His 613 rushing yards on 65 carries is an average of 9.43 yards per carry and 153.25 yards per game, the latter category ranking second in the nation. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2011 - LaMichael James put on 20 pounds of muscle before his junior season, but when he ran for only 54 yards on 18 carries in a season-opening loss to LSU, there were rumblings that maybe the added weight slowed him down. Nobody is saying that anymore. James ran for a school-record 288 yards in last week's victory over Arizona, his second straight performance over 200 yards. He was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week. "Keep writing bad things about him," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "Maybe he'll run for 400 next week." James has not taken any shots at his critics this year, but said the rumors of him slowing down have added to his motivation. James was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year who turned down a chance to be drafted in the NFL to return for his redshirt junior season with the Ducks. Whether he turns pro after this year or next, he has left his mark in the Oregon record books. James broke the record of 285 rushing yard set by Onterrio Smith in 2001. James also had 60 yards on punt returns and 15 receiving yards against the Wildcats and his 363 all-purpose yards broke Smith's record of 342. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Cal at Oregon, Oct. 6 - Oregon got its toughest test in the regular season last year at Cal before winning, 15-13. Cal was the only team in the Pac-10 to lose by single digits against Oregon last year. The Bears kept the Ducks to less than one-third of their average point total last year and have had a couple extra days to prepare for Oregon this year after a bye last week. KEYS TO THE GAME: Oregon's pace of play embarrassed the Bears last year. The Ducks fast-paced offense eventually forced Cal to admit having a player fake an injury during the game to allow the defense to have time to rest. Other teams were suspected of doing that last year, but the Bears were the only ones to be caught on camera. - The Sports Xchange

09/26/2011 - WEEK 4 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Running back LaMichael James, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, ran for an Oregon single-game record 288 yards and scored two touchdowns in the 56-31 win at Arizona. James also broke the school's one-game record for all-purpose yardage with 363. His two touchdown runs brought his career total to 43 rushing touchdowns and broke the Ducks' record of 42. James also moved into sixth place on the Pac-12 all-time list with 3,890 career rushing yards. Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Cameron Marshall of Arizona State and Derrick Coleman of UCLA, wide receivers Keenan Allen of California and Robert Woods of USC and quarterback Keith Price of Washington. - Pac-12 football

09/25/2011 - LaMichael James kept zipping and zagging through the desert night, playing the Road Runner to Arizona's Wile E. Coyote. By the time he had finished slashing his way through and around the Wildcats on Saturday night, he had a school record 288 yards. He also broke the Oregon mark for career rushing touchdowns with two scores to lead the No. 10 Ducks to a 56-31 victory over Arizona in their Pac-12 opener. "We just couldn't find a way to stop him," Wildcats coach Mike Stoops said. Oregon (3-1), the two-time defending Pac-10 champion, won its 13th consecutive conference game, blowing open a 35-3 lead and then holding off a Wildcats rally before pulling away again with its lightning-quick offense. All but the last of the Ducks' seven touchdown drives lasted less than three minutes. Darron Thomas passed for two scores and ran for two more Nick Foles completed 33 of 55 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats (1-3). - AP Sports

09/18/2011 - Oregon's LaMichael James was waiting to bust out with a big run. He got his chance against Missouri State. The Heisman Trophy finalist last season ran 90 yards for a score in the No. 12 Ducks' 56-7 victory over the lower division Bears on Saturday. He ran for a total of 204 yards and two additional scores. The breakout came after two games that fell below his rushing average last season. "I haven't been frustrated," he said. "It's going to happen, you know? Eventually it's going to happen." James' 90-yard dash was Oregon's longest run since 1938. He added a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter and a 50-yarder in the third. The long one was really the result of the Ducks' offensive line, James insisted, and the path that was cleared by wide receiver Justin Hoffman -- who dramatically pushed aside two defenders. When asked when he knew he was going to score, the speedy running back responded: "When I got into the end zone. Seriously." James has 42 career touchdowns, matching the school record set by Derek Loville (1986-89). Darron Thomas threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks (2-1). Lavasier Tuinei caught scoring passes of 8 and 34 yards, and Oregon sat most of its starters early in the second half. - CBS Sports

09/16/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Ducks are averaging 469 yards and 48 points per game while relying more on the pass so far this year than they did last season. Oregon is throwing for 285.5 yards per game, over 100 yards more than it is getting from the run game. The Ducks should be able to add to all their offensive numbers against Missouri State, an 0-2 FCS school that has allowed an average of 39.5 points in losses to Arkansas and Eastern Kentucky. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - RB LaMichael James was named CFPA's punt returner of the week. James has been piling up awards since his freshman season, and the Doak Walker Award last season was his greatest individual honor to date. This week marks the first time he has been given an award as a punt returner. His only punt return against Nevada went for a 58-yard touchdown. It was only the third punt return in his college career. He had one return last year and one this season against LSU, and both of those went for negative yardage before his return touchdown last week. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2011 - Both James and Barner had to leave the game in the second half with injuries. James had his foot stepped on by a defender and limped off the field but later returned. Barner was in a boot following the game and his status for Saturday's game against Nevada is uncertain. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2011 - Oregon's running game got beaten up and shut down by LSU. The third-ranked Ducks averaged 286.2 rushing yards per game last season while making a run to the BCS National Championship game, but were limited to 95 yards on the ground in a season-opening 40-27 loss to the fourth-ranked Tigers in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 3. The rushing statistics were down for every player compared to last year. LaMichael James was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year when he ran for 144 yards per game, but he was held to 54 yards on 18 carries. Kenjon Barner, who averaged 50 yards rushing per game last season, had seven yards on four carries. Quarterback Darron Thomas ran for nearly 37 yards per game last season, but was held to 12 yards against LSU. "They played good solid football, that's it," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said of LSU's run defense. "That's a good defensive front. They did a really nice job. They were sound in the schemes and really gap-control oriented. And they just did a nice job." Oregon ran the ball 28 times for an average of 3.4 yards per carry, but that number was affected by 12 penalties for 95 yards that nullified some runs. "(LaMichael) told me he had good holes there," Thomas said. "I think the offensive line did a great job blocking. We had some holding penalties, a lot of penalties, that held us back when we did have a good run. The offensive line did what they had to do." - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Oregon vs. LSU at Arlington, Texas, Sept. 3 - It is the biggest game on the opening weekend of the college football season when the third-ranked Ducks face the fourth-ranked Tigers on a neutral field. Both teams are legitimate national-title contenders and the winner gets a huge early-season win to put on its resume. KEYS TO THE GAME: Three of Oregon's four losses in two seasons under Chip Kelly have come when a quality opponent had extra time to scout Oregon's offense and that is the case again in the opener against LSU. Oregon scored eight points in a season-opening loss to Boise State in 2009 and then scored 17 points in a loss to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl that season. Oregon scored 19 points against Auburn in the BCS national championship game last season. The Ducks offense will need to score more in a big game this time around against LSU. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - Oregon, which went 12-1 last year and was ranked No. 1 in the nation for a while, returns its top two playmakers from an offense that averaged 47 points per game while racking up 530.7 yards per game. The running game provided 286 of those yards per game led by James, the Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore who totaled nearly half of Oregon's rushing yards. Backup Kenjon Barner also returns after rushing for more than 50 yards per game. "I've always believed that to win football games you have to be able to run the football," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "We've led the Pac-10 in rushing the last four years, total offense the last four years, scoring offense the last four years, and LaMichael has been a huge part of that. We've had a great tradition of running backs in the four years that I've been here, but LaMichael is a special, special player. The one thing we are excited about is we feel like we have two. You put LaMichael with Kenjon Barner, and you can take LaMichael out of the game and put Kenjon in the game, and we really don't lose anything. We think that tandem could match up with everybody in the country." - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: RB LaMichael James - The 5-foot-9, 185-pound redshirt junior was a unanimous All-American after leading the nation with 144.2 yards per game, and his 12 points per game were also the nation's best. He set the Oregon single-season record with 1,731 yards and 24 touchdowns, including 21 rushing scores. In only two seasons, he ranks second in school history with 3,277 yards and 35 rushing touchdowns and is third with 228 points. He would likely have been taken in the early rounds of the NFL draft but decided to return to school. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2011 - LaMichael James certainly isn't shy about making bold predictions for No. 3 Oregon this season. "We can get better," he said. "The sky's the limit for us." Big things are expected from the Ducks after they went 12-1 last season, captured their second straight Pac-10 title and played in the BCS championship game. The expanded Pac-12 preseason media poll predicted that Oregon would win both the new North Division and the inaugural league conference game. The Associated Press preseason Top 25 placed the Ducks behind only Oklahoma and Alabama - and a spot in front of season-opening opponent LSU. James, now a junior, is one of the reasons for such lofty expectations. The Heisman Trophy finalist - he finished third behind winner Cam Newton of Auburn and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck - led the NCAA in overall rushing yards with 1,731 last season, setting a new single-season school record. He averaged 144.2 rushing yards, also topping the nation. James scored 21 touchdowns as the centerpiece of the Ducks' speedy spread option offense that confounded opponents until Oregon faced Auburn in the national title game. The Tigers held James to just 49 yards on 13 carries. But he did catch a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Darron Thomas in the 22-19 loss. "We've got to play better. That really starts in practice. I feel like if we practice hard each and every day than we'll overcome what we did last year," James said when Oregon opened their fall camp, the loss still stinging. - AP Sports

07/26/2011 - Oregon is favored to win the Pac-12 football title in the annual media poll. The Ducks are picked to win the North Division and the inaugural Pac-12 title game by 28 of the 42 voters in the poll released Tuesday before the league's media day. Southern California is favored to win the South Division, edging Arizona State. The Trojans are ineligible for postseason play again this season under NCAA sanctions. Stanford is picked to finish second in the North, followed by Washington, Oregon State, California and Washington State. Newcomer Utah is picked third in the South Division, followed by Arizona, UCLA and Colorado. The preseason poll has correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in 10 of the past 11 years. - AP Sports

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon, Junior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: LaMichael James (Jr.), Oregon, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. - The PwC SMU Athletic Forum

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: LaMichael James, Oregon, RB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. - The Maxwell Football Club

06/21/2011 - The University of Oregon has released documents related to its use of recruiting services that suggest the school paid for information that was outdated. The documents include a "2010 National High School Evaluation Booklet" that actually includes prep athletes who graduated in 2009 and were a part of that year's recruiting class. It was part of a package that purportedly was for athletes entering school in 2011. The package was prepared by Texas-based Complete Scouting Services, an agency run by Will Lyles. Oregon paid Lyles $25,000 in February 2010. The NCAA is looking into the payment but will not comment on pending investigations. Oregon maintains it did nothing wrong by paying Lyles for the information. Many college programs pay for such services. Oregon's payment to Lyles has been questioned because of his relationship with Ducks running backs Lache Seastrunk and LaMichael James. Oregon paid Lyles soon after Seastrunk signed a letter of intent with Oregon. University officials did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment on the documents. The payment to Lyles and another agency surfaced in reports by Yahoo! Sports and ESPN in March. Shortly thereafter, Oregon said it had been contacted by the NCAA to provide documentation about its use of a pair of recruiting services. If Lyles guided any recruits to Oregon, it would be a violation of NCAA rules. In a radio interview in May, Lyles maintained he did nothing wrong. James, who led the nation in rushing last season, participated in a voluntary workout with the Ducks on Monday evening. "Will was always there for me, even when I wanted to leave here or something, he was always there for me," James told The Register-Guard newspaper. "He was never pushing me, and anytime I needed Will, he was there for me." At the request of several news organizations, the documents were released on Monday. - AP Sports

06/03/2011 - STARS OF 2011: RB LaMichael James was a consensus All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore. James set the school single-season rushing record with 1,731 yards despite missing the opener due to a suspension. He also set school records with 144 points and 24 touchdowns. He is on pace to break many more records as a junior because his 38 touchdowns rank seven back of Derek Loville for the top mark in school history and he ranks third with 228 career points. - The Sports Xchange

06/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: RB LaMichael James - It was a surprise to many that he elected to return to Oregon after a season that certainly improved his draft stock. As a redshirt sophomore, he placed third in the Heisman Trophy race when he rushed for 1,731 yards -- an average of 144.2 per game -- and scored 21 touchdowns while catching 17 passes for 208 yards and three scores. He will begin next season trailing only Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck among Heisman contenders. - The Sports Xchange


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