Barner, a consensus All-American, and his predecessor and best buddy, LaMichael James, are peas in a pod. Or, if you don't like that cliché, just know they sit beside each other in the Oregon record book. Barner's 21 rushing touchdowns tie him with James for most in a single season for a Ducks back. Barner also is the school's second leading rusher behind James with 3,623 yards. His 5,869 career all-purpose yards are 21 yards shy of James' school record. He got the jump on James when he rushed for a school-record 321 yards on a career-high 38 attempts and tied for a career-high with five touchdowns in a victory at USC.
While Barner operated mostly in James' shadow for three years, he entered the season as the Ducks' featured back and exceeded already high expectations, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors, which was darn near as impressive as his All-America honors, considering Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin also were named All-Americans. And, like James, Barner, rated the No. 5 available running back in the draft by Mel Kiper, is expected to have an NFL career. Most important, of course, Barner, understated but always insightful, is a member of the Pac-12 blog's All-Interview team. He will be missed by reporters as well as Ducks fans.
• Kenjon is also one of four finalists for the cover of the next EA Sports NCAA Football.
• Steve Greenberg says that Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is ready for Marcus Mariota to explode.
• Rob Moseley has a nice story on Dustin Haines who might be at the bottom of the QB depth chart but leads the chart in the community service category.
• Ryon Healy has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for his outstanding play against Hawaii last week.
Healy led the Ducks to a season-opening series sweep of Hawaii over the weekend. He batted .533 (8-for-15) with two multi-hit games and wrapped up the series with .588 on base percentage and a .933 slugging percentage.