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Kenjon Barner to Return to Ducks for 2012 Season
Release Date: 01/13/2012
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University of Oregon running back Kenjon Barner has decided to forego the 2012 NFL Draft in favor of returning to school for his senior year.

The 5-11, 195-pound Riverside, Calif., standout ranked as the Ducks’ second-leading rusher each of the past two seasons, running for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011 as a junior. Barner also caught 17 passes for 184 yards and three scores, including a 54-yard catch that resulted in a TD against Wisconsin in the 45-38 win in the 2012 Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO.

“This was a decision that wasn’t easy for me,” Barner said. “But after talking things over with my family and Coach (Gary) Campbell, as well as praying about it, I have decided that I will return to Oregon for my senior year.”

The multi-purpose back averaged 102.7 all-purpose yards in 12 of 14 games this season, eclipsing 100 yards on the ground in four games in 2011 and five times in his career.

He has rushed for 1,856 yards in his first three seasons at Oregon, standing 354 yards shy of equaling 10th on  the school’s career rushing chart, has scored 27 touchdowns and broke the Ducks’ single-season record in kickoff return yards (1,020) in 2009.

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