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Final season for LaMichael James?

Oregon has a successful history of great running backs at Oregon. Under running back coach Gary Campbell, many have gone onto NFL success in the last 15 years.

James is a home-run threat every time the ball is in his hands.

The program has one of the most dynamic backs in the nation in Heisman candidate LaMichael James. James finished third in Heisman voting last year and is already circled as a watch-lister headed into this season.

James will enter into his junior season as the number one back in the Ducks lineup, with teammate and friend Kenjon Barner backing him up this season.

The one question that ultimately comes to mind when talking about James, is if he will return for his senior season.

Duckterritory is not certain that will happen.

James considered declaring for the NFL this past off-season. After several weeks of speculation, James decided to return to Oregon to finish what he set out to accomplish. Although some may think his goal is to win a national championship, it couldn't be more different.

James has always had his mind on graduating and earning his college degree.

Duckterritory has heard from sources his academics are in order to graduate in January with his degree. Should he achieve that academic success there may not be much to hold him back from pursuing an NFL dream.

Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers decided to leave early and was drafted in the fifth round by the Atlanta Falcons. The comparisons between the two can be made and ultimately one could assume James kept track of Rodgers' position in the draft. Rodgers is listed at 5-foot-7, 191 pounds on Oregon State's official team site. GoDucks.com lists James at 5-foot-9, 185-pounds.

Last season James led the nation in overall rushing yards, also setting a new Oregon single-season record. He also led the nation in rushing yards per-game average and scoring.

James has done a lot of great things while at Oregon, under Chip Kelly. Duck fans have endeared his tough running style and durability through the last two seasons. Though this could be his last, he will have earned the respect of college football fans alike with a college degree in hand.

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