2018 NFL Draft

Kenjon Barner, RB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Riverside, CA
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 196 lbs.
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03/15/2013 - 2013 Oregon Pro Day: While the Ducks' top prospect didn't work out, their most productive player in 2012 -- running back Kenjon Barner -- certainly did, shaving time off of his 40-yard dash and three-cone drill and catching every pass thrown to him during positional drills.

After timing at 4.52-seconds at 5-09, 196 pounds at the Combine, Barner was clocked as fast as 4.38-seconds in the 40-yard dash according to a high-ranking scout present at Thursday's workout. He was similarly impressive in the three-cone, going from 4.20-seconds in the drill in Indianapolis to 4.10 in Eugene, according to the scout. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Runningbacks...2. Kenjon Barner, Oregon. Coming into the week he was my favorite rusher in the game. He didn't do anything to lose that spot but did get leapfrogged by Franklin. Their skill sets are the same save for Franklin's better blocking skills thanks to his bigger size and experience. But Barner is explosive and could compete for relevant playing time thanks to his speed and hands. There's a lot of potential in Barner without a ton of downside. His experience playing in Oregon's up-tempo offense will also appeal to coaching staffs looking for a back that has a history of endurance. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

01/04/2013 - De'Anthony Thomas took the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and Marcus Mariota accounted for three touchdowns Thursday to lead No. 4 Oregon to a 35-17 victory over No. 5 Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mariota threw touchdown passes of 23 yards to halfback Thomas and 24 yards to halfback Kenjon Barner and also scored on a 2-yard run as the Ducks (12-1) reached 12 victories for the third time in four seasons in what could be Oregon coach Chip Kelly's last game.

Kelly reportedly will interview with the Buffalo Bills about their coaching vacancy Friday, and he also has been linked to open NFL jobs in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Oregon is 46-7 in Kelly's four seasons as coach.

Mariota, a redshirt freshman, completed 12 of 24 passes for 166 yards and had 62 yards rushing. Mariota finished the season with a 68.4 completion percentage, just short of Sam Bradford's NCAA freshman record of 69.5 percent set at Oklahoma in 2006. Barner, a senior, rushed for 140 yards on 30 carries in his final game. - The Sports Xchange

01/03/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Kenjon Barner became the fifth consensus All-American in Oregon history when he earned first-team honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, and American Football Coaches Association. He was a second-team selection by the Associated Press and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. The senior ranks fifth in the country with 135.3 rushing yards per game.

He has run for 1,624 yards and 21 touchdowns. His 22 total touchdowns are tied for fourth in the nation. Barner has run for at least 100 yards in seven games and had a career-high 321 yards in a win over USC. Kansas State ranks in the top 20 in the nation in rushing defense, so Barner will face a tough test in the Fiesta Bowl. - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: RB Kenjon Barner, Sr., Oregon...The Riverside, Calif., standout ran for 1,624 yards and scored 22 touchdowns this season to rank fifth in the country in rushing (135.3 avg.) and tied for sixth in scoring (11.0 ppg). He also tied for third nationally in TDs scored while ascending to second on the Ducks' all-time single-season scoring list (132 points) and fourth on the one-year rushing ledger. Barner eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau in seven of 12 appearances this season and ran for 195 yards or more four times, including a career-high 321 yards (and five touchdowns) at USC. - Oregon football

12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 5-11 192 Sr., Riverside, CA...Barner ran for 1,624 yards and scored 22 touchdowns this season to rank fifth in the country in rushing (135.3 avg.) and tied for sixth in scoring (11.0 ppg). He also tied for third nationally in TDs scored while ascending to second on the Ducks' all-time single-season scoring list (132 points) and fourth on the one-year rushing ledger. Barner eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau in seven of 12 appearances this season and ran for 195 yards or more four times, including a career-high 321 yards (and five touchdowns) at USC. - Oregon football

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: Running back - Kenjon Barner, senior, Oregon...Barner ran for 1,624 yards and scored 22 touchdowns this season to rank fifth in the country in rushing (135.3 avg.) and tied for sixth in scoring (11.0 ppg). He also tied for third nationally in TDs scored while ascending to second on the Ducks' all-time single-season scoring list (132 points) and fourth on the one-year rushing ledger. Barner eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau in seven of 12 appearances this season and ran for 195 yards or more four times, including a career-high 321 yards (and five touchdowns) at USC. - Oregon football

12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: Running Back - Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 5-11, 192, senior...Barner ran for 1,624 yards and scored 22 touchdowns this season to rank fifth in the country in rushing (135.3 avg.) and tied for sixth in scoring (11.0 ppg). He also tied for third nationally in TDs scored while ascending to second on the Ducks' all-time single-season scoring list (132 points) and fourth on the one-year rushing ledger. Barner eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau in seven of 12 appearances this season and ran for 195 yards or more four times, including a career-high 321 yards (and five touchdowns) at USC. - Oregon football

11/29/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 2. RB Kenjon Barner, 5-11, 195, Oregon: Why he has the second spot: Thanks to an injury, Barner only played three quarters in Saturday's 48-24 Civil War win over Oregon State, but that was still more than enough time for him to rack up 198 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Beavers had no answer for Barner, who averaged 7.1 yards per carry. After the game, Barner said the unspecified injury he suffered was minor, so don't look for him to miss the Ducks bowl game.

Season stats (12 games): 248 carries, 1,624 yards, 21 touchdowns; 19 receptions, 232 yards, 1 touchdown. Player ranking: Barner is ranked 128th overall and is the 11th-highest rated RB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Bowl game TBA. The Ducks are most likely headed for a BCS bowl, but the team won't know for sure until the BCS Selection show airs on Dec. 2. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

11/28/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: Oregon running back Kenjon Barner...Barner ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game (135.33) for the 11-1 Ducks... He has totaled 1,624 rushing yards (on 248 attempts) and 21 touchdowns on the season... Barner's 22 total touchdowns rank sixth in the nation... Barner has seven 100-yard rushing efforts on the season, including a career-high 321-yard effort - with five touchdowns - in a win over USC on November 3. - The Walter Camp Foundation

11/27/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM: RB Kenjon Barner, Sr., Oregon...has been selected First Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. Barner is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the top running back in the country, and is ranked fourth nationally in rushing (135.3 avg.) and sixth in scoring (11.0 avg.) as Oregon's 15th 1,000-yard single-season rusher (1,624). - Oregon football

11/25/2012 - RB Kenjon Barner went to the locker room with an abdominal injury in the first half but returned to play in the second half against Oregon State.

11/24/2012 - Kenjon Barner ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns despite leaving the game for a time with an injury and No. 5 Oregon defeated No. 16 Oregon State 48-24 in the Civil War on Saturday, keeping alive the Ducks' hopes for a spot in the Pac-12 title game and even an outside chance at the national championship. De'Anthony Thomas, who helped picked up the slack while Barner was on the sidelines, ran for 122 yards and three scores for the Ducks (11-1, 8-1).

After Oregon's undefeated season was thwarted by a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford last weekend, the Ducks had to wait for UCLA's game against the Cardinal later Saturday to see who would be headed to the conference championship game. Both Oregon and Stanford started the day with one conference loss in the league's northern division. It was Oregon's fifth straight victory in the 116-game rivalry series with the Beavers. - AP Sports

11/24/2012 - Oregon running back Kenjon Barner was injured late in the first half against Oregon State with what appeared to be a possible rib or abdomen injury. Barner was attended to by trainers on the field after the injury, then walked gingerly to the sidelines without help. He stood on the sidelines for several minutes with his helmet on, conferring with trainers, before heading to the locker room just before halftime. Barner rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown for the No. 5 Ducks before he was injured. Barner was the sixth-ranked running back in the nation, averaging 129.6 yards per game, going into Saturday's Civil War rivalry game against the No. 16 Beavers. - AP Sports

11/21/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING RUNNING BACK): Kenjon Barner (Oregon)...Barner, a senior from Riverside, Calif., has rushed for 1,426 yards and is averaging 6.5 yards per carry. He ranks sixth nationally in both total rushing yards and rushing yards per game. Barner set Oregon's single-game rushing record with a 321-yard, five-touchdown performance at USC. - Oregon football

11/10/2012 - Oregon star running back Kenjon Barner has been taken to the locker room after apparently injuring his right hand against California on Saturday night. Barner left the game for the second-ranked Ducks late in the first quarter holding his hand and grimacing on the sideline before being taken to the locker room. Barner ran for a school-record 321 yards and scored five touchdowns in last week's win over Southern California. His 19 rushing TDs on the season are two shy of tying LaMichael James' single-season school mark. Barner had seven carries for 22 yards before leaving the game. Byron Marshall replaced Barner and scored on a 3-yard run on his first play after the injury to give Oregon a 14-7 lead. - AP Sports

11/07/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 1. RB Kenjon Barner, 5-11, 195, Oregon: Why he has the top spot: Nobody's draft stock improved more this week than Barner's. The Oregon senior running back ran for a school-record 321 yards in the Ducks' 62-51 win over USC. Oregon's 62 points is impressive, but what's more impressive is that Barner scored FIVE of the Ducks' nine touchdowns. Barner's now ranked second in the country in both rushing yards per game (143.9) and rushing touchdowns (19). Season stats (nine games): 179 carries, 1,295 yards, 19 touchdowns; 15 receptions, 184 yards, 1 touchdown. Player ranking: Barner is ranked 144th overall and is the 12th-highest rated RB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Last week, Barner was ranked 179th overall while being the 15th-highest rated running back. Up next: The shocking thing about Barner is that his numbers could be better this season, but Chip Kelly usually has him on the bench in the second half because Oregon's blowing everyone out. That could be an issue on Saturday when Oregon travels to Berkeley to take on a 3-7 Cal team. However, it should be pointed out that Oregon has struggled in its last two trips to Berkeley, scoring only 15 and 16 points, the third- and fourth-lowest scoring output for the Ducks since 2008. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

11/06/2012 - WEEK 10 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon RB Kenjon Barner, a senior from Riverside, Calif., rushed for a school-record 321 yards on 38 carries (8.4 average) and five touchdowns as the Ducks defeated USC, 62-51. His five rushing touchdowns, which came on runs of 27, 5, 9. 5 and 22 yards, tied the Pac-12 single-game record. Additionally, his 321 rushing yards represent the fourth-highest single-game total in Conference history and are the most ever allowed by USC. Barner, who was named the Walter Camp Foundation's National Offensive Player of the Week, has rushed for 100 yards or more in five straight games. He leads the Pac-12 and ranks second in the FBS in rushing (143.89 ypg), and his 13.33 scoring average is tied for the national lead. Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterback Matt Barkley of USC, running backs C.J. Anderson of California, Johnathan Franklin of UCLA, John White of Utah and Bishop Sankey of Washington and wide receiver Markus Wheaton of Oregon State. - Pac-12 football

11/06/2012 - 11/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 1. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Oregon's most explosive playmaker De'Anthony Thomas has been the top Heisman contender for the Ducks, at least until Saturday, when Barner wowed with a career-best performance against Southern Cal. He finished with 38 carries for a school-record 321 rushing yards and five touchdowns, averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Barner used his patience and foot quickness to survey the field, but he was impressive in shifting gears to run away from Trojan defenders. Barner can force poor angles and win the sprint to the edge, getting to the outside before pursuit can close him off. With his fifth-straight game over 100 yards, he might earn an invite to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation. Pro scouts have been well aware of what he can do. Listed at 5-11, 192, Barner doesn't have the frame of an NFL running back prototype and doesn't have the frame to maintain 200 pounds, but when he can run away from tacklers, it doesn't matter much if he can't break tackles, similar to his predecessor LaMichael James. And Barner (179 carries, 1,295 rush yards, 19 touchdowns) is right on James' pace (173 carries, 1,332 rush yards, 13 touchdowns) from 2011 through nine games. While Barner isn't as highly thought of by the NFL as James -- a 2012 second-round pick of the 49ers -- he could come off the board in the third or fourth round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/22/2012 - Oregon lost a fumble on its second play, setting up a touchdown and a quick 7-0 deficit. Cause for concern? Yeah, right. Arizona State could have scored three quick touchdowns and the Ducks probably wouldn't have been worried. Shrugging off their early miscue as if it never happened, the second-ranked Ducks ran over Arizona State in an overpowering first half, turning what was supposed to be a duel in the desert into a statement-making 43-21 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday night. "They came out and scored, but the one thing I love about this team is that they don't flinch," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "We talk about playing a full game and this team bounced back." Facing its first true road test, Oregon turned one of Arizona State's biggest games in years into another we've-seen-this-before Ducks' rout by running over the Sun Devils in the first half. The Ducks (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) had their way against what had been the Pac-12's best defense, racing to a 36-point halftime lead and rushing for 406 yards for their nation-leading 12th straight road victory. Kenjon Barner got Oregon started with a 71-yard touchdown two plays after Arizona State's opening score, finishing with 143 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. Freshman Marcus Mariota held up in his first game in a hostile environment, running for 135 yards and a touchdown, passing for another score, even catching a TD pass from his backup. Oregon's defense did its part, too, chasing quarterback Taylor Kelly all night while holding the Sun Devils in check until its reserves gave up a couple of long drives late. - AP Sports

10/18/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Oregon's offense ranks among the nation's best once again and the Ducks have had extra time to plan for the Sun Devils after a bye week. The Ducks rank second in the nation with 52.33 points per game and are fourth with 302.33 rushing yards per game and eighth with 541.67 total yards per game. The Ducks have scored at least 42 points in every game and have exceeded 50 points in their last two. Oregon has used a lot of players to pile up those yards as four players average at least 35 rushing yards per game and nine receivers are averaging at least one catch per game. - The Sports Xchange

10/02/2012 - PAC-12: DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 3. RB Kenjon Barner, 5-11, 195, Oregon: Why he has the third spot: Barner totaled 232 yards and four touchdowns in the Ducks 52-26 win over Washington State. The senior speedster rushed for 195 yards on 20 carries, averaging an impressive 9.8 yards per carry. Barner is the second leading rusher in the Pac-12, trailing only UCLA's Franklin. Season stats (four games): 96 carries for 605 yards and nine TDs rushing; 11 catches for 111 yards and a TD. Player ranking: Barner is ranked 274th overall and is the 21st highest running back in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Barner and the Ducks will be tested by a suddenly resurgent Washington team. The Huskies, who upset then-No. 8 Stanford in Week 5, held the Cardinal to 65 yards rushing, Stanford's lowest total this season. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

09/30/2012 - Avery Patterson didn't believe the halftime talk from Oregon's coaches was suitable to print. Whatever was said, the second-ranked Ducks certainly woke up. De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner sandwiched touchdown runs around Patterson's 34-yard interception return for a score, and No. 2 Oregon used a third-quarter scoring blitz to shake Washington State for a 51-26 win on Saturday night. Playing for the first time outside the Eugene city limits, the Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) looked shaky at times in the first half and led just 23-19 at the break, but put together a nearly flawless third quarter to run away from the Cougars. "Just our mindset. We came out and we didn't execute as well as we wanted in the first half and we knew that," Barner said. Thomas capped an 18-play drive to start the half with a 4-yard TD, then Patterson stepped in front of Connor Halliday's pass for Oregon's third interception return for a TD in two games. After Washington State (2-3, 0-2) went three-and-out, Barner scored on a 10-yard run to cap the 21-point spurt in just over 4 minutes. Barner finished with four total touchdowns, including scoring runs of 22 yards in the first quarter and an 80-yarder in the fourth to go along with a 30-yard touchdown reception in the first half. His 195 yards rushing was the second-best rushing game of his career behind the 201 yards he had against Fresno State earlier this season. - AP Sports

09/30/2012 - RB Kenjon Barner almost exceeded 200 rushing yards for the second time this season against WSU. The senior had 20 rushes for 195 yards, the second-highest total of his career behind his 201 yards against Fresno State. He had three touchdown runs, including an 80-yarder, and also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass.

09/24/2012 - RB Kenjon Barner ran 20 times for 86 yards against Arizona. He has 410 rushing yards in four games, an average of 102.5 per game. He moved up to ninth in school history with 2,266 rushing yards.

09/11/2012 - PAC-12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING - WEEK 2: RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon: After spending the last three seasons playing in the shadow of LaMichael James, Barner made a name for himself Saturday with 201 yards and three touchdowns in the Ducks' 42-25 win over Fresno State. The versatile back does more than run the ball though, he also caught three passes for 21 yards. Barner is currently projected as a late-round pick, but he can improve that projection if he continues to play like he did against the Bulldogs. You can see him next: Saturday, vs. Tennessee Tech, 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network). - John Breech, CBSSports.com

09/02/2012 - Kenjon Barner ran for 66 yards and caught a pass for eight yards, and those 74 all-purpose yards pushed him past Ahmad Rashad into eighth place on the school's all-time list with 3,899 yards. The school record is 5,869 set by LaMichael James, who left for the NFL after his junior year last season.

07/25/2012 - Oregon running back Kenjon Barner has big shoes to fill. The school's all-time leading rusher LaMichael James is now in the NFL, leaving Barner and teammate De'Anthony Thomas as the feature backs in Chip Kelly's high-octane attack. Pressure much, Kenjon? "Pressure is what you feel when you don't know what you're doing," Barner said at Tuesday's Pac-12 football media day in Los Angeles. Sounds like he feels he can produce just fine this year, thank you very much. - Kevin Danna, Pac-12 football

07/22/2012 - Top-five Oregon prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. RB Kenjon Barner...One can understand if opponents try to take a small sigh of relief that LaMichael James is no longer the featured runner for the Quack Attack but with similarly gifted speedsters Barner and De'Anthony Thomas waiting in the wings (pun intended), it will be small sigh, indeed. Though he has operated primarily as a backup to this point in his career, Barner has logged plenty of playing time for scouts to know his game well. Expected to take over as the starter this season, Barner enters the 2012 season having already rushed for 1,856 yards (6.1 yard per carry average!) and 20 rushing touchdowns over his career. He's also caught 34 passes for 335 yards and five scores and has taken both a punt (80 yards, vs. Tennessee in 2010) and kickoff (100 yards, vs. UCLA in 2009) back for scores, as well. Like Boyett, Barner briefly toyed with the idea of heading into the draft following last season. He could be rewarded for his patience as Barner appears poised to enjoy a monster season as the Ducks' primary ball-carrier in 2012. Barner lacks the size that NFL teams are looking for in feature runner but like James (and the explosive true sophomore Thomas), Barner possesses the vision and acceleration to turn a routine carry or reception into a game-changer and as such should warrant top 100 consideration if the senior running back proves he can handle the additional workload. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kenjon Barner (Sr.), Oregon, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Barner complemented James each of the past three seasons, with the Riverside, Calif., standout rushing for 939 yards in 2011. He also was third on the team in all-purpose yards, averaging 102.7 yards per game, and enters his final season ninth on the Ducks' career ledger (3,825 yards). He was previously named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the nation's outstanding college football player. - Oregon football

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Kenjon Barner, Oregon, RB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Barner rushed for 939 yards and totaled 14 touchdowns as a junior last season, and accumulated 1,232 all-purpose yards. He enters 2012 ninth on the school's all-time all-purpose yards list (3,825) and stands 18 points shy of breaking onto Oregon's top-10 career scoring chart (162). - Oregon football

05/15/2012 - TWELVE PLAYERS WHOSE NUMBERS COULD EXPLODE IN 2012: Kenjon Barner, Oregon - Barner has quietly rushed for 1,874 yards as LaMichael James' backup, but now he'll get the bulk of the carries in the Ducks' spread option attack. We got a glimpse of what he can do when he filled in for an injured James and rushed for 296 yards on 41 carries in two starts last season. There were times the rest of the year when he looked as good as, if not better than, James. This year, the Ducks lose not only James' 247 carries, but also the 45 of freshman Tra Carson and the 56 of quarterback Darron Thomas, for a total of 347 carries to be redistributed. Barner carried the ball 152 times last year for 939 yards and we can see him taking at least 100 of those carries for himself, with the rest going to phenom DeAnthony Thomas, other young backs and emerging quarterbacks Brian Bennett and Marcus Mariota. We may well see Barner coming pretty close to what James did last season, which would make him one of the nation's premier backs. - Heismanpundit.com

04/07/2012 - For the past two seasons, Oregon coach Chip Kelly always described Kenjon Barner as option "1A" behind starter LaMichael James because he felt both running backs were so equally talented and integral to the Ducks' success that it was unfair to differentiate them in any broader terms. With James off to the NFL, Barner is poised to become Oregon's No. 1 for the upcoming season. "Right now, I think (with) Kenjon coming back for his senior year, he's going to be one of the top running backs in the country," Kelly said. The Ducks, coming off a 12-2 season capped by a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, started spring practice this week. The season opener at home against Arkansas State on Sept. 1 is still a long way off, but Barner says he's ready to be the spotlighted back. "Absolutely," he said with a smile. Barner was the Ducks' second-leading rusher behind James, his good friend, for the past two seasons. He ran for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, and caught 17 passes for 184 yards and three scores. In three seasons at Oregon, the 5-foot-11, 188-pound back has rushed for 1,856 yards, leaving him 354 yards away from 10th on the school's career list. He has 26 touchdowns. - AP Sports

03/27/2012 - Jonathan Stewart, Jeremiah Johnson, LeGarrette Blount and LaMichael James all flourished in Oregon's spread-option. Now it's Barner's time to shine. Some NFL scouts view him as a better NFL prospect than James because of his better size. Although Barner might lack James' breakaway speed, he certainly isn't slow and is a good enough receiver to have played some slot in his time at UO. The question is can he handle the workload as the No. 1 back? All signs point to yes given that when injuries sidelined James Barner flourished. The problem for UO could be its lack of depth. Thomas certainly will warrant more carries this season but he's a bit on the small side to expect to carry too much more of a load should Barner go down. Plus, Thomas was the Ducks most dangerous pass catcher in 2011, catching 46 passes for 6-5 yards and nine touchdowns. That leaves two walk-ons and Marshall as the primary depth at the position. Oregon entered last fall with questions about the No. 3 running back and Thomas emerged as an impact player. The same could be asked or Marshall when he arrives. - Aaron Fentress, The Oregonian