Heisman Candidate LaMichael James Through Week 8

LaMichael James - Heisman Candidate

We are 8 weeks into the College Football season and LaMichael James is the lone running back in the Heisman race. Previous Heisman winner Mark Ingram was discussed as a possible candidate, until the last few weeks. James however has continued to rack up monster stats as he’s moved higher and higher up the board. LaMichael James has been nothing short of impressive this year and very comparable to Ingram’s stats from his Heisman winning season last year. Lets take a second to compare how James’ numbers so far this year stack up against Ingram’s through 8 weeks in 2009.

Through 8 Weeks -GP – Att – Rush Yds – Rush Avg – TD –
Mark Ingran (2009) 8 153 1004 6.6 8
LaMichael James (2010) 6 134 971 7.2 11
Heisman Season and 2010 Projected -GP – Att – Rush Yds – Rush Avg – TD –
Mark Ingram 2009 271 1658 6.1 17
LaMichael James 2010 (Proj) 230 1665 7.2 19

As you can see LaMichael James’ stats at this point of the season are better then Mark Ingram’s were 8 weeks into his Heisman winning season. Even with James playing two less games then Ingram did at this point of the season. So of course James projects to have better numbers in every major statistical category then Ingram did when he won the Heisman Trophy. LaMichael James still has some tough games left on the schedule. Including an away game against USC this weekend. If James can continue his dominance he’ll give Cam Newton a run for his money in the Heisman race this year.

– Jacob –


10 responses to this post.

  1. As a side note.
    James remaining schedule: USC, Wash, Cal, AZ, Oregon St

    Ingram’s stats last 5 games in 2009:
    LSU – 144 yards
    Miss St – 149 yards 2 touchdowns
    Chattanooga – 102 yards 2 touchdowns
    Auburn – 30 yards
    Florida – 113 yards 3 touchdowns


  2. Posted by Warzecha on October 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I can’t help but think that his numbers need to be way better than Ingram’s for me to view him as having a better season. That Oregon offense just provides for so many more touchdowns than Alabama’s does. I kind of think there are several other backs that would have the same numbers if put in James’ position.


    • You could say the same thing about Ingram and Alabama. Trent Richardson looked like a Heisman contender before Ingram showed up and starting taking carries away.

      Plus it isn’t James’ fault that he plays for an offensive juggernaut. Maybe Ingram should have been punished last year for having a defense that always got the offense the ball back 🙂


      • Posted by Warzecha on October 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

        What I mean is, it just doesn’t seem like he really has to work for yards. Once he gets the ball there is always a lane, and he just has to run through it and then choose an angle against the 2nd and third levels. A lot of guys could do that. Ingram made people miss in the hole, broke tackles. etc.


        • Posted by ORDuck on October 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm

          WHAT??? Are you kidding me? Doesn’t have to really work for yards? I think you need to actually watch a Duck game before you are allowed to post. Nothing is a given for LMJ. Our O-line is considered undersized against the competition so your comment about “always being a lane and he just runs through it” is comical at best.

          The complexity of that offense requires a highly skilled back that has amazing vision and strength but especially speed. You give us your list of guys that can handle the pressure of this offense and I can guarantee you that list is VERY small. I suggest you do your homework.


          • Posted by Goducksbv on October 30, 2010 at 11:22 am

            And please see the TD run against UT and tell me he doesnt have to work for yards. One of the best runs I’ve ever seen…


            • Posted by Spencer on October 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm

              We throw out people like Graham Harrell (sp?) simply because of their offenses. I feel like he is the RB version of Harrell. I’m not sure why i do feel that way, but it doesn’t mean i am going to change my mind.


  3. Posted by kyle on October 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Yoi need to go back and check your stats, Ingram did not play all 8 of the 1st games.


  4. Posted by jdw on November 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Not sure how the math is done. At the time of the post, James had 5 games left. If he played all five remaining Ducks games, and maintained the current average of the games he’s played, he would project out:

    6 Games / 134 Carries / 971 Yards / 11 TD
    5 Games / 112 Carries / 809 Yards / 9 TD (Proj remaining)
    11 Games / 246 Carries / 1780 Yards / 20 TD (Proj total)

    Would seem like the obvious math: he came into the USC game with a 161.8 Y/G average. For 11 games, that would be 1780 yards.

    Or were you projecting him to miss 1/7th of his remaining games to match what he did earlier in the year?

    After the USC game, he now projects out to just about 1900 on the nose. The defense of Washington and Cal are pretty horrible, but that’s a double edged sword: they may blow one or both of them out like the UCLA game, which limits his carries and possibly yards. OSU and AZ are better defensively, though OSU isn’t great. That’s a reverse double edge: might keep him in the game longer if it’s tight, and potentially more carries though at a lower Y/C. 2000 yards isn’t out of the question if he lights it up the next two weeks.


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