Saturday, January 07, 2012
Duck Stud: Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley shares the LaMichael James press conference where he officially announces he will be going to the NFL. Rob also shares his feature article that is in the R-G today. [Personally, I understand his decision and wish him the best of luck at the next level. He will always remain a true Oregon legend.]
James announced a decision he’s been mulling for a year or more — the greatest career ever by an Oregon football player has come to an end, prematurely.
James, who holds UO records for rushing yards in a game, a single season and a career, intends to hire an agent and make himself available for April’s NFL draft. A player whose career was marked by record-setting performances, breath-taking runs but also painful injuries will now be earning a paycheck for taking all that punishment.
• Ken Goe talks about LMJ's decision and lists his accomplishments. Ken also shares a short statement from Chip Kelly.
Kelly said: “I’m 100 percent behind LaMichael. He is a very special person and certainly will be remembered as one of the very best players ever to wear a uniform at the University of Oregon. It has been a pleasure to coach him for the four seasons he has been here, and is comforting to know he will obtain his degree this spring. I could not have asked any more from him, and I am confident he will be a success at the next level.”
• Aaron Fentress notes Kenjon Barner, who is also considering entering the NFL draft, is undecided at this point but has to make a decision by January 15. On a bright note RB coach Gary Campbell gave his opinion.
Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell, on the road recruiting, said he expects Barner to return, stating that it would be in his best interest to play one season out of the shadows of LaMichael James.
• Dale Newton @ The Duck Stops Here and Josh White @ FishDuck.com both pay tribute to LaMichael.
• De'Anthony Thomas made it on a way too early list of 2012 Heisman hopefuls.
De'Anthony Thomas finally got to show off how dangerous a runner he is when he rushed for 155 yards on two plays in the Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin. Thomas has great burst of speed and ankle-breaking moves but he played sparingly due to team mates LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner getting most of the carries—he made up for the rushing yards in his kick return yardage (983 yards, two touchdowns). Thomas rushed for 595 yards on 55 carries for seven touchdowns and an astounding 10.8 yards per carry for the 2011 season.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:53 AM