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Spring Best/Worst Scenarios #2: RBs Run Wild**

** These are supposed to be realistic scenarios guys. 

Wasn't going to post it until tomorrow, but i've got time constraints that require it go up now.

 

 LaMichael James

Measurable: Height-5”9’. Weight-180 LBS. Class-Sophomore (RS)

Career Statistics: Rushing-230 attempts for 1,546 yards 14 TD.

Important notes: Will not play vs. New Mexico on Sept. 4 (off-field issues). Set the all time mark for most rushing TD and yards by a freshman in the Pac-10 last season despite not playing against Boise State. Also became the first freshman to eclipse 1,000 yards at Oregon, named first team Freshman All-American, 2nd team all conference, and Freshman Performer of the Year by the CFP committee.

Best Case Scenario: While his off-season was certainly far from perfect, LMJ comes out with a mean streak in the spring, clearly under the influence of  “F-the-world” syndrome. He establishes his claim to the focal point of the offense, and by the end of April he feels comfortable with all 3 quarterbacks next to him. In the spring game, he rushes for 100+ yards in 1.5 quarters of work, setting the table for a run towards New York in the fall.

Worst Case Scenario: As soon as LMJ gets into pads, it becomes apparent that the tumultuous winter he endured took a toll both physically and mentally. He doesn’t have the same burst through the line as he did in 2009, a fact Chip attributes to chronic ankle issues from carrying around the bracelet assigned to him by the Lane County justice system. He is forced to sit out the remainder of the spring, and leaves duck fans nauseous about his availability come fall.

 

  Kenjon Barner

Measurable: Height-5’11”. Weight-180 LBS. Class-Sophomore

Career Statistics: Rushing-61 attempts for 366 yards 3 TD.

Important Notes: Set a single-season Oregon record with 1,020 kick return yards in 2009. Oregon’s Offensive Player of the Game at the 2010 Rose Bowl. Two-time Pac-10 Special-Teamer of the week. Will presumably start vs. New Mexico on Sept. 4. Middle Name is “Fa’terrel.

Best Case Scenario: Due to the impending absence of LMJ to start the season, Barner gets a good share of the reps with the first-stringers during the spring. Like his counterpart, he has also discovered another gear, and continually blows by the secondary on his way to the end zone. In the spring game, he out-performs James throughout, finishing with over 150 total yards from scrimmage. Entering fall, duck fans should not worry about depth at RB.

Worst Case Scenario: After ascending the depth chart a year ago, Barner isn’t enthused about competing for carries with incoming freshman Lache Seastrunk. It wears on him through the spring, and leads to Chip publicly calling him out prior to May 1. Barner does not deliver as hoped, setting Seastrunk up for a good chance at carries come September.

 

 Lache Seastrunk

Measurable: Height-5’10”. Weight-178 LBS. Class-Freshman

Career Statistics: (High School) Rushing-146 attempts for 874 yards and 3 TD. Averaged 12 yards per reception as well. Rushed for 3000 combined during his sophomore and junior seasons.

Important Notes: Rated #32 prospect overall by Scout.com (#4 RB). Army All-American. Ran a 4.41 40-yard dash and had a 34” vertical at a combine in Dallas in 2008. Also was a star basketball player and track runner in high school.

Best Case Scenario: After forcing duck fans to drool only over his high school film, Seastrunk shows up in the fall, and asserts himself on the first day of camp when he jukes Cliff Harris out of his jock. After that clip makes the rounds, his portfolio continues to grow daily, as Barner and the others simply cannot match his explosiveness. Come Sept. 4, expect to see a ton of the Texas-Two-Step vs. New Mexico.

Worst Case Scenario: Seastrunk shows up amidst the most hype for a single recruit since Jonathan Stewart, and fails to live up to it. While showing glimpses of his explosive speed and agility, he simply cannot adjust to life as a college player/student. It becomes apparent by the end of fall camp that we simply will not see super-frosh very much this season, at least through October.

Also Playing:  Remene Alston (SR)    Dontae Williams (FR expected RS)

 

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