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San Francisco leads the NFL in rush yards per game, with an average of 170.2 per contest. It's done it all on the backs of two men: Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter.
Obviously, Gore and his 753 yards are the stars of this show. But Hunter (5.0 yards per carry) has been a great option when needed, and he's helped take on some of the heavy rushing load.
So if these two have been so successful, why introduce any other factors? That's where the unfortunate case of LaMichael James comes in.
James, taken in the second round of last season's draft, was only a junior when he left college. Like many before him, he chose to forgo his final year of eligibility to chase dreams of the NFL.
Now, the Ducks are making a serious run for their second National Championship bid in three years, and James has yet to touch the ball for the Niners.
Sometimes, that's just the luck of the draw.
And until something disastrous happens in that San Francisco backfield—Brandon Jacobs is also ahead of James on the depth chart, and he too has yet to touch the ball—James will have to learn to enjoy his view from the bench.