Last season, the
2008 was the third straight season that the Ducks led the Pac-10 in rushing,
and with coach Chip Kelly's commitment to a powerful rushing attack, don't be
Johnson and Blount were
Blount, the 6'2", 240-pound back from
Now that he is the featured back in the Ducks attack, expect Blount to make a run at Jonathan Stewart's single-season rushing record (1,722 yards in 2007).
The real question will be who backs up Blount. Andre Crenshaw has the most experience and brings a solid skill set to the position.
Crenshaw, the 5'11", 196-pound senior from
Crenshaw rushed for 415 yards (5.1 avg.) in 2007, including a career-high 113
yards in a 55-34 win over
Remene Alston, the 5'8", 200-pound junior from
The X-factor at tailback is LaMichael James. James, a 5'9", 190-pound
redshirt freshman from
James had the second-fastest 40-time on the team last winter and also earned the praise of coaches and teammates last season for his work on the scout team.
He has had Duck fans licking their chops to see him in action since high school, when his highlight video became a fan favorite on the educk.com message boards.
Due to injuries to James and Alston this spring, Oregon coaches experimented with redshirt freshman defensive back Kenjon Barner at running back.
Barner, who was a star rusher at Notre Dame High School in Riverside, California, showed a grasp for the position and gained the confidence of his coaches to step in if necessary this season.
Blount will be the guy to watch, however. Now that he is the feature back, how many yards can he get?