Oregon Football: Predicting Who Will Lead the Ducks in Rushing in 2013

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Oregon Football: Predicting Who Will Lead the Ducks in Rushing in 2013
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De'Anthony Thomas (right) will likely get more carries with the departure of Kenjon Barner (left)

The Oregon football team is coming off its third straight 12-win season, but 2013 will mark the first time since 2008 that neither LaMichael James or Kenjon Barner will be a part of the backfield.

While many other positions will have exceptional depth and experience, the ground game will likely feature several new faces. And as the running game goes, so too does the Oregon offense.

The high-flying Oregon Ducks are at their best when they're able to churn out yardage on the ground. That task is made easier with guys like James and Barner, but the cupboard certainly isn't bare with their absence.

In addition to backs like De'Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall, the Ducks' recruiting haul should bring in more top-end talent.

There are a myriad of reasons why optimism abounds for the future of the ground game, but who will step up into the lead role?

Let's take a look at the young men who will continue Oregon's tradition of talented backs, and predict the guy who might emerge as the team's leading rusher in 2013.

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