Nation’s Leading Rusher, Oregon’s LaMichael James Ready for Rose Bowl

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Running back LaMichael James made some headlines this week. For what appeared to be his deathly fear of roller coasters.

He’s not afraid to go really fast on the college football field, as he is the focal point of Oregon Ducks offense. The Ducks go at a ridiculously fast pace; as they have scored 35 touchdowns on drives of 70 or more; each consuming less than three minutes. James is averaging a national best 149.6 yards on the ground while running for 1,646 yards; 4th in the country. Despite missing two games with a dislocated elbow.

He’s the school’s all-time leading rusher; just 77 yards shy of 5,000. Just don’t confuse with LeGarrette Blount, which is surprisingly easier to do than you think. James took over for the now Tampa Bay Buccaneers tailback at Oregon when Blount was suspended for his involvement in that brawl in 2009.

But question #1 for James is obviously: forgoing his senior year to enter the NFL draft?

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Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl Bits: Lifesaving OL, Trapped in Elevator, Unis

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The Granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl awaits for the #5 Oregon Ducks. Chip Kelly is going for his first BCS win in three tries. But plenty of stories have already surfaced RE: the Ducks during this Rose Bowl week. Let’s get you caught up.

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Oregon and Wisconsin Joint Disneyland Visit Kicks Off Rose Bowl Week

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Rose Bowl rivals Wisconsin and Oregon began their Rose Bowl week by visiting Disneyland in Anaheim yesterday. This event traditionally marks the first official joint public appearance of the two Rose Bowl teams, a Disneyland tradition dating back to 1959.

Both teams were welcomed by Mickey Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. Following the ceremony, Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson and Ducks tight end David Paulsen led their teams onto the Matterhorn Bobsleds and then took a spin on the Tea Cups. Numerous players and coaches including Badgers safety Aaron Henry and Oregon Coach Chip Kelly enjoyed the 76 degree weather at the happiest place on Earth.

From the AP, via the San Francisco Chronicle:

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Exploring the Character and Profile of Oregon Star LaMichael James

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On one side of the BCS National title game, it’s all about Auburn QB Cam Newton. One the other side, all the talk surrounds Oregon RB LaMichael James. The stud running back has already made his decision to return for his senior year, so he will no doubt be a first round pick in the 2012 (instead of 2011) NFL Draft.

Provided he maintains his health and productivity of course. But James has had his legal issues and been flagged by some NFL scouts for his character. It probably doesn’t help James that he goes to the same school, and also has a “unique” first name like Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie rusher LeGarrette Blount; who went undrafted in 2010 due to character flags.

With Roger Goodell’s Draconian attempt to legislate morality, NFL team’s will stress the virtues (or lack thereof) in potential draft picks now more than ever.

By Paul M. Banks

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