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Under head coach Chip Kelly, Oregon is gaining a reputation for churning out speedster running backs.
There's LaMichael James, who was drafted into the NFL this past season, and now Ducks sprinter DeAnthony Thomas.
Then there's Kenjon Barner. To be fair, Barner has plenty of speed to burn, but he's also better at grinding out the tough yards than some of the other Oregon backs.
"A ton of his runs do drift toward the sidelines, but that happens to a lot of college runners," said Norris. "But if a run does go between the tackles, he's not just going to dance and go, he's going to hit it."
Despite the Oregon pedigree and name recognition, Barner is perhaps further down the scouting rankings than many fans might expect.
"When that lane is stopped, when there's someone in his way, I do think he gets more tentative, between the tackles I should say," said Norris. "That's when the issues come up."
At this point in time, Barner might be a mid-round draft choice, but he's definitely picking up steam, especially coming off his most recent effort against USC when he rushed for 321 yards.
Barner has five consecutive games with more than 100 rushing yards and is placing himself firmly in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy.
Brian Carriveau is a Green Bay Packers featured columnist at Bleacher Report. All quotations were gathered first hand.