LaMichael James, 2011 Heisman Frontrunner

I assumed Oregon running back LaMichael James would go pro, but it looks like the All-American running back is returning for his redshirt junior season.

James, a sophomore running back and the nation’s leading rusher this season, had repeatedly suggested he would forgo an early entry to the NFL draft. Thursday’s announcement made it official.

“I came to the University of Oregon to get a quality education as well as to play football, and feel I have yet to complete that goal,” he said in a statement.

What does this mean for the 2011 Heisman race?  Well, it means we have a clear front runner now and that James is a sure bet to be tabbed as such by the media when next season rolls around.  James finished third in this year’s race and, assuming runner-up Andrew Luck heads to the NFL (again with the assumptions), it naturally falls that James would be next in line, especially considering Oregon is a safe bet to once again contend for a national title.  

Not that being the front runner or the preseason favorite means much anymore.  The past few years have seen Heisman winners come from out of nowhere. 

But it does give James a built-in advantage as it pertains to preseason hype and expectations.

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6 Responses to LaMichael James, 2011 Heisman Frontrunner

  1. AUman76 January 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    That’s funny HP. James is just an average back on a team that plays against pitiful defenses. Other than Vandy every SEC team has at least one RB as good or better than James.
    By the way does the big11+1 know anything about playin defense? After watching bammer, MSU and UF (with no QB) do what they did to the losers and lunatics divisions, duhOSU is gonna take an ass whuppin. Now Wisky can’t stop TCU?
    Did you see what Miss State did to that ducky style O? The SEC is Big, Strong and Fast. That’s why we are about to bring home the 5th NC Trophy in a row.

    • RV February 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

      AU JERK!!! Big Bad SEC won by 3 stinking points and needed luck to do it!

  2. AUman76 January 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Big12 F’ed up. Should’ve asked TCU and SMU or BYU to join. But then again Texas didn’t want the competition from Texas schools.
    HP, ol man you may have got the Rose Bowl right. Good luck with that acorn squirrel and hope the eyesight clears up. lol

  3. brian March 10, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    ayy whats good i see yall doing good keep up the good work

  4. brianholmes March 10, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    whats good yall doing real good right now but keep up the good work four me and lets keep wening so ww can wen are champinship


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