LaMichael James – A Heisman Candidate

The Heisman race is starting to heat up and there are only two running backs who seem like legit contenders at this point. Oregon’s LaMichael James and Alabama’s Mark Ingram. Expect James to make a real push to the top 5 if he continues what he’s done so far this year. What’s interesting is James is projected to have a better season then Ingram did last year when Ingram won the Heisman trophy.

Of course its not just about the stats. Players are expected to win and win big games. So far Oregon’s LaMichael James is doing both. Just take a look at the stats James has piled up so far and how they project across the entire season.

Through 5 Weeks of the 2010 Season -GP – Att – Rush Yds – Rush Avg – TD –
Mark Ingran 3 83 487 5.9 3
LaMichael James 4 89 712 8.0 7
Heisman Season and 2010 Projected -GP – Att – Rush Yds – Rush Avg – TD –
Mark Ingram 2009 271 1658 6.1 17
LaMichael James 2010 (Proj) 214 1709 8.0 17

If LaMichael James can continue his success and if Oregon can continue their success then expect James to catapult towards the top of the Heisman race. Although James may be playing for second place if Michigan’s Denard Robinson keeps racking up stats the rest of the season. LaMichael James sits *3rd in the Illegal Shift Heisman Poll through 5 weeks.

*Currently I have James ranked 6th in the Heisman race. If he plays well through October with televised games against UCLA & USC I would easily put him in one of the top 2 spots.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Warzecha on October 6, 2010 at 10:16 am

    A Heisman candidate with wings, no less.


  2. NICE!! Watching LaMichael play on Saturdays is almost like watching Chris Johnson on Sundays. He is faster than any back I can personally remember at Oregon, even J. Stewart and Onterrio Smith. It’s not just the speed that allows James to excell, obviously the Duck’s spread option offense allows James the luxury of having the defense spread out more than usual which helps. Last year he had an amazing year, however I felt he lacked physicality…not this year. This was evident in the Tennessee when he ran over several defenders and more recently on Saturday when he gave a flying elbow to the helmet of a Stanford tackler before going down. He’s diminutive in stature but not in talent. He has the ability to bust 75+ yard runs every time he touches the ball, which makes him a pleasure to watch. He’s 2nd in the nation in rushing yards, despite not playing the 1st game and only playing the 1st qtr. against Portland St. (he still racked up 200+ yards).
    I think it’s a universally known fact that Robinson is the frontrunner, however many people don’t expect Michigan to keep that perfect record very long. If he continues to put up those stats (or even close to those stats) I think he would still be the favorite whether his team wins or loses. I believe Ingram is the best pro RB prospect in the NCAA right now, but for my money I think James is the best RB in college.


    • Posted by Walt on October 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

      I like James chances to win it. The “‘Alien” is also a legitimate candidate, especially if Oregon falters and Robinson single-handedly beats Ohio State. But Michigan barely got by the Hoosiers Saturday and I don’t think they’ll run the table. If I had a vote and I had to vote today, I would vote for Oregon’s entire offense.


      • Posted by Warzecha on October 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

        I think Justin’s point is correct though. If Shoelace continues putting up even just 250/125 for the rest of the season and, most importantly, stays healthy, Michigan could lose 3, maybe even 4 games and it may not matter.

        Tebow won it on a 4 loss team with less impressive numbers, remember.


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