The Ducks were one player short on Friday, as senior running back Kenjon Barner was concluding his trip to New York where he was a Doak Walker finalist.
Barner was back in practice Saturday, as the Ducks completed their second practice of Fiesta Bowl preparation.
Handsome, articulate, well-educated, athletically gifted and soon to be rich, a consensus All-American and the second-leading running back in school history, Kenjon Barner got snubbed in the balloting for the Doak Walker Award, just as Marcus Mariota will have a difficult time winning a Heisman Trophy. KB will probably get over it, and Oregon fans have to hope he'll console himself...
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