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LaMichael James will return for yet another standout season as an Oregon Duck.
Last year, James just fell short of the Heisman trophy, coming in third place only behind Auburn's Cam Newton and Stanford's Andrew Luck. This year, he'll be relentless with his rushing attack, pushing for more than 2,000 yards in Oregon's spread offense.
Now, the Ducks are quite stacked at the running back position, but the two backups who strike my fancy are Kenjon Barner and Lache Seastrunk.
Barner was James' sub-in and played his role very well. Whenever James needed a break, Barner came in and rand with great energy. He ended the season with 551 yards and six touchdowns on 91 carries, but considering his role and missing two games to injury, that's not too shabby if I say so myself.
Seastrunk was redshirted last season, but after the Ducks' tough loss to Auburn at the BCS title game, he practiced in the Oregon spread offense where, according to The Oregonian's Ken Goe, he "showed an ability to hit the hole like a streak of lightning."
While James' starting position isn't at risk at all, Barner could possibly lose his spot to the 2009 5-star running back recruit. And the second James enters his name into the NFL draft, Seastrunk will be the next in line to work as the starting running back in Oregon's spread offense.