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LaMichael James
Player Profile:
LaMichael James 182171
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
City/State: Texarkana, Texas
High School: Liberty-Eylau HS
Experience: 2 Letters

• 2011 Walter Camp All-America
• 2011 AFCA All-America
• 2011 Doak Walker Finalist
• 2011 Paul Hornung Finalist
• 2011 Maxwell Award Semifinalist
• 2011 Walter Camp Award Semifinalist
• 2011 midseason 1st Team All-American (Phil Steele)
2011 midseason 1st Team All-Pac-12 RB (Phil Steele)
2011 midseason 2nd Team All-Pac-12 PR (Phil Steele)
• 2011 preseason 1st Team All-America (Phil Steele, Playboy, Sporting News, Athlon, Lindy’s,,
• 2011 preseason 1st Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele, Sporting News, Athlon, Lindy’s)
• 2011 CFPA Running Back Trophy Watch List

2011 —
Became the first two-time consensus All-America in school history … Named to Walter Camp All-America team at running back for a second straight season … One of only two players to be named repeat members of the AFCA All-America team (all-purpose position in 2011) … One of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player … Second-team All-America by AP … Was one of three finalists for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s top running back … Recipient of the team’s Duane J. Cargill Memorial Award as UO’s outstanding offensive impact player … All-Pac-12 first team running back … National leader in rushing yards per game at 150.42 and ranked second nationally in rushing yards at 1805 … Ranked second in the FBS in all-purpose yards per game (181.30) and eleventh in scoring average (10.0) … Eight games of 100-plus rushing yards and four of 200-plus … Finished career with 26 games of 100-plus and seven of 200-plus rushing yards - both UO records … Climbed to second in Pac-12 history and first at UO with 5,082 career rushing yards … Oregon’s career leader moved into second all-time in conference history with 53 career rushing touchdowns and 10th in scoring with 348 points … Tops the all-time FBS list for runs over 30 yards with 34 … Oregon’s career leader in all-purpose yards with 5,869 … Averaged a career-best 7.31 yards per carry in his final season …  Rushed for 159 yards on 25 attempts and one touchdown in win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl … Set the Pac-12 Championship Game standard with 219 yards and three TDs on 25 carries in win over UCLA … Also had a pair of receptions for 24 yards vs. the Bruins … Carried 24 times for 142 yards and a score in win vs. Oregon State … Limited to 78 yards on 20 attempts, but did score a touchdown in loss vs. USC … Rushed for three touchdowns, including a 58-yarder, totaling 146 yards on 20 totes in win at No. 3 Stanford … Ran for 156 yards and a score on 25 carries in win at Washington … Returned from a two-game absence due to a dislocated elbow and rushed for 53 yards on 13 attempts in win vs. Washington State … Walter Camp national player of the week and Pac-12 player of the week (offense) after carrying 30 times for 239 yards and a touchdown in win vs. Cal … Became first conference player since USC’s Marcus Allen in 1981 and first FBS player since Tulane’s Matt Forte in 1987 to have three consecutive games of 200 or more yards rushing … Named Pac-12 player of the week (offense) and to the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll after rushing 23 times for a school record 288 yards (tied for 10th all-time in Pac-12) and two touchdowns in win at Arizona … Had a school-best 363 all-purpose yards against the Wildcats, including a 51-yard punt return … Rushed just 12 times for 204 yards and three scores in win over Missouri State, including an Autzen Stadium record 90-yard TD run - the second-longest rush in UO history … Amassed 181 all-purpose yards with 67 rushing, 56 receiving and 58 on his lone punt return in win against Nevada, earning a spot on the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll … Had touchdowns rushing, receiving and punt returning vs. the Wolf Pack, becoming the first UO player to accomplish that feat in a single game … Ran for a touchdown and had a game-high 132 all-purpose yards in loss vs. No. 4 LSU, including a team-best 61 receiving yards … Led all running backs in the squat (465 pounds), bench press (295 pounds), electronic 20-yard (2.68 seconds), fly 30 (2.85 seconds) and electronic 40-yard (4.59 seconds) during winter conditioning … rushed for 78 yards on just three carries and accounted for the spring game’s lone touchdown, a 67-yard scamper, in the Green Team’s 16-0 victory.

2010 — Oregon’s first unanimous All-America, selected first team by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News, WCFF,, and … Recipient of the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back … Also garnered All-America acclaim from and … Finalist for the Heisman Trophy finished third in the voting … One of three finalists for the 2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year award … One of just four conference players to earn both Pac-10 all-Academic and all-Pac-10 first-team honors … Also chosen first-team all-Pac-10 by Phil Steele, and … Semifinalist for the 76th annual Maxwell Award, presented to the collegiate player of the year … National leader in rushing (144.2) and scoring average (12.0) while ranking seventh in all-purpose yards (168.4) … Led the NCAA in overall rushing yards with 1,731, which set a new Oregon single-season record … 24 touchdowns (21 rush/3 rec) established a UO season record … Fastest player to 1,000 rushing yards in a season (7 games) also became the fastest to 2,000 (16 games) and 3,000 (23 games) for a career in school history … Ranks second all-time at Oregon with 3,277 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns … Third on the Ducks’ career scoring chart with 228 points … Has surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in 18 of 25 career games played … Had at least one rushing TD in all but two games … Four receptions for 39 yards and a career-high two receiving touchdowns in BCS National Championship Game vs. Auburn … Added 49 yards rushing on a season-low 13 carries against the Tigers … Game-high 134 yards on 28 carries with a pair of touchdowns in win at Oregon State … Game-high 126 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns, three receptions for 20 yards in win vs. Arizona … Team-high 91 yards on 29 carries in UO’s first road win at Cal since 2001 … Game-high 121 yards rushing and three scores in win vs. Washington … Ran for a game-high 239 yards and three touchdowns on a career-best 36 attempts in win at USC … Game-high 148 all-purpose yards - including 123 on 20 carries - ran for two scores in win vs. UCLA … Named midseason All-America by … Rushed 25 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns, and caught two passes for 87 yards, including his first career receiving score on an 84-yard grab in win at Washington State … Named Walter Camp national offensive player of the week, Pac-10 player of the week (offense) and national running back performer of the week by the College Football Performance Awards after establishing career highs with 257 rushing yards on 31 carries in win over Stanford … Matched career best with three touchdowns, including a career-long 76-yard score against the Cardinal … Held under 100 rushing yards (94) for only the fifth time in his career despite a then-career-high 28 carries, but scored Oregon’s first touchdown on a 40-yard run in the opening quarter … Eclipsed the 200-yard rushing barrier for the first time as a collegian with 227 yards vs. Portland State … Included were TD runs of 66 and 35 yards … Season debut at Tennessee resulted in 134 rushing yards and one touchdown … Included was collegiate-long 72-yard scoring effort, as well as 8.4-yard per carry average … Named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award, annually awarded to the outstanding college football player in America, and Doak Walker Award, given to the top running back … Preseason first-team All-America according to Yahoo! Sports … Named to the preseason All-American second team by, Sporting News and … Preseason first-team All-Pac-10 choice by and Phil Steel Publications … Shares honors as team’s fastest running back, completing winter conditioning by clocking 4.69 in the electronic 40-yard dash … Despite limited workouts with school’s track team, scored 5th in the 2010 Pac-10 championships at 100 meters while posting a best of 10.52 in the semifinals … Also anchored 4x100 relay to 4th place.

2009 — Few players have ever made the impact in their initial campaign at Oregon as the Pac-10’s Offensive Freshman of the Year as evidenced by him becoming the school’s first freshman on record to earn the team’s Most Outstanding Player accolades … The second-team all-conference choice and first-team Freshman All-American ( ranked ninth in the country in rushing (118.9 avg.) as the nation’s third-leading freshman … Also selected national Freshman Performer of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards … The Ducks’ first freshman to ever surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a single season (1,546 yds.) eclipsed the Pac-10 freshman rushing record with 166 yards in last regular-season outing vs. Oregon State … Equalled school records by extending his string of consecutive 100-yard efforts to seven with his ninth game over the century mark on the season before he was held to 70 yards in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State … Averaged 133.5 yards per game in 11 outings as a starter (1,468 yds), ranks second on school’s single-season rushing ledger … Sandwiched a pair of three-touchdown rushing efforts in Nov. 14 appearance vs. Arizona State and Dec. 3 against the Beavers around the win at Arizona, where he was shutout of the end zone for only the second time in his first 10 games as a starter … Parlayed four catches for 89 receiving yards against Stanford to go along with his 125 yards on the ground to tally a career-best 214 all-purpose yards … Surpassed school’s single-game freshman school record for the third time with a season-high 183 yards rushing in win over USC  … Performance earned him Pac-10 offensive player-of-the-week accolades … That occurred one week after amassing 154 yards at Washington … Reached the end zone in eight of 13 appearances, including a season-high three times on two occasions and twice vs. Washington and Washington State … Ran for 14 touchdowns - the third-highest one-year output in school history … Accumulating spectacular runs to start his own highlight reel, broke off a collegiate-long 60-yard scoring effort at Stanford, a 56-yard run for a score in Seattle, 52 yards vs. Oregon State, a 49-yard run against UCLA that dug Oregon out of a hole at its own 1-yard line, as well as a  33-yard marvel vs. USC that left spectators and the Trojans’ defense speechless … Had nine carries of 30 yards or more and four totes over 50 yards, while leading the nation with 21 carries in excess of 20 yards … Made the most of his collegiate starting debut against Utah by rushing for more yards than any freshman in school history to be named team’s offensive player-of-the-game … Ran for 152 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries against the Utes, in addition to picking up 23 yards in kickoff returns and 3 yards as a receiver … Enjoyed his first multi-touchdown game of his career vs. Washington State … Saw first extensive action as a collegian in the second game of the year vs. Purdue, carrying the football nine times for 56 yards … Included were 42 yards on the ground on a 72-yard third-quarter scoring drive to give the Ducks a lead they would never relinquish … Averaged 6.7 yards per carry, which ranked second in the Pac-10 … Also tied for sixth in the league in all-purpose yards per game (135.2 avg.) and tied for 10th in scoring (6.5 avg.) … Carried twice for a team-high 22 yards in season opener at Boise State.

2008 — Redshirt season … Earned scout team player of the week honors (offense) for work prior to games at USC and Oregon State.

BEFORE OREGON — An all-state selection following his junior and senior seasons, the four-star prospect by was ranked 12th-best running back in the country as well as the 39th overall player in the state … The PrepStar all-Midlands Region honoree tallied 53 touchdowns and better than eight yards per carry his final three years … Rushed for 2,043 yards (8.9-yard avg.) and 26 touchdowns his senior season for the Leopards, including a city single-game record rushing performance of 322 yards … The 2006 second-team 3A all-state selection and District 16-3A MVP tallied 19 TDs as a junior while adding 1,600 on the ground and another 500 yards in receptions for the state champions … Won the 100 meters at the state track meet in 2006 with a time of 10.51.

PERSONAL — Born LaMichael Keondrae James in New Boston, Texas. Parent: Rosemary James. Family: One sister. High School (Coach): Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (Pat Brady) 2008. Major: Sports Business. Redshirt: 2008.

•Doak Walker Award (Nation’s Top RB)
•Heisman Trophy Finalist
•First-team All-America (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp,,,
•First-team all-Pac 10 (Pac-10 Coaches, Phil Steele,,
•First-team Pac-10 all-Academic
•Walter Camp National Player of the Week (Stanford)
•Pac-10 Player of the Week (Offense vs. Stanford)
•CFPA Performer of the Week (RB) (Portland State, Stanford)
•Team’s Most Outstanding Player (Skeie’s Award)

•Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year (Pac-10 Coaches)
•National Freshman Performer of the Year (College Football Performance Awards)
•Freshman All-America (FWAA,
•Third-team All-American (AP, Sporting News)
•Second-team all-Freshman (Phil Steele Publications)
•First-team-all-Pac-10 (Phil Steele Pub.,,
•Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (Sporting News)
•Second-team all-Pac-10 (Pac-10 Coaches)
•Pac-10 all-Freshman (Sporting News)
•Pac-10 Player of the Week (Offense vs. USC)
•Team’s Most Outstanding Player (Skeie’s Award)

RUSHING g att yards td long avg/c avg/g
2009 13 230 1546 14 60 6.7 118.9
2010 12 294 1731 21 76 5.9 144.2
2011 12 247 1805 18 90 7.3 150.4
TOTAL 37 771 5082 53 90 6.6 137.4
TOTAL OFFENSE g rush pass total avg/g
2009 13 1546 0 1546 118.9
2010 12 1731 0 1731 144.2
2011 12 1805 0 1805 150.4
TOTAL 37 5082 0 5082 137.4
RECEIVING g rec yards td long rec/g avg/c avg/g
2009 13 17 168 0 55 1.3 9.9 12.9
2010 12 17 208 3 84 1.4 12.2 17.3
2011 12 17 210 1 44 1.4 12.4 17.5
TOTAL 37 51 586 4 84 1.4 11.5 15.8
SCORING g td rush rcv ret pat 2pat fg total avg/g
2009 13 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 84 6.5
2010 12 24 21 3 0 0 0 0 144 12.0
2011 12 20 18 1 1 0 0 0 120 10.0
TOTAL 37 58 53 4 1 0 0 0 348 9.4
PUNT RETURNS g no. yards td long avg/r avg/g
2009 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2010 12 1 -2 0 0 -2.0 -0.2
2011 12 13 139 1 58 10.7 11.6
TOTAL 37 14 137 1 58 9.8 3.7
KICK RETURNS g no. yards td long avg/r avg/g
2009 13 2 43 0 23 21.5 3.3
2010 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2011 12 1 21 0 21 21.0 1.8
TOTAL 37 3 64 0 23 21.3 1.7
ALL PURPOSE g rush rcv pr kr ir total avg/g
2009 13 1546 168 0 43 0 1757 135.2
2010 12 1731 208 -2 0 0 1937 161.4
2011 12 1805 210 139 21 0 2175 181.2
TOTAL 37 5082 586 137 64 0 5869 158.6
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