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James Becomes UO's First Unanimous All-America
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 12/15/2010
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NEW YORK – University of Oregon running back LaMichael James became the school’s first unanimous All-America after Sporting News named the NCAA rushing leader to its All-America team Wednesday.

Additionally, cornerback/return specialist Cliff Harris joined James as a consensus pick by adding the Sporting News award to his earlier selection by the Football Writers Association of America, and head coach Chip Kelly was tabbed as the publication’s coach of the year.

James, this year’s Doak Walker Award recipient as the nation’s top running back, leads all players with 1,682 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns. His scoring average of two touchdowns per game is also tops in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The sophomore from Texarkana, Texas, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy race, was previously named to the other four All-America squads recognized by the NCAA, picking up honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, FWAA and Associated Press.

James is just the third Pac-10 running back to be a unanimous choice in the past 30 years, joining USC’s Reggie Bush in 2005 and Stanford’s Toby Gerhart last season.

Harris, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif.,
is the national leader with four touchdowns on punt returns and leads all FBS players with six all-purpose plays of 60 yards or more. He is second overall and leads the Pac-10 with an average of 19.5 yards per return.

The dynamic Harris,
who didn’t take over starting cornerback duties until the seventh game of the season, leads the nation with 15 pass breakups and an average of 1.67 passes defended per game.

The Ducks, who entered 2010 with two consensus All-Americans in team history, have now matched that number this season. Halfback Mel Renfro in 1962 was the first, followed by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in 2005.

Kelly, UO’s second-year mentor, oversaw the program’s first 12-win season. The No. 2 Ducks lead the nation in scoring average at 49.3 points per game while ranking second in total offense at 537.5 yards per contest. Oregon is also one of the top defensive teams in the country, allowing the 14th-fewest points per game (18.4).

The Manchester, N.H., native was also the recipient of the Eddie Robinson national coaching award and took home his second consecutive Pac-10 coach of the year honor earlier this month. Kelly has a career record of 22-3 and is 17-1 in conference play.

Oregon will face top-ranked Auburn for the BCS National Championship Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.


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