SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- This time a year ago, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner was dodging more questions ahead of the Rose Bowl about whether or not he would return for his senior season than about the opposing defense. This year, it's been all football.
Barner ultimately took a gamble on one more season at Oregon and is now seeing a payoff even greater than he thought possible.
"I couldn't have imagined that the time I spent at Oregon would go as well as it did and that I would learn as much as I did," Barner said. "Oregon's been good to me."
Barner has been as good to Oregon as the school has been to him. The Riverside, Calif., native will leave Eugene as the second-leading rusher in Ducks history, with 3,480 career yards currently. He's been part of four BCS games and this season has compiled 1,624 yards and 21 touchdowns to help Oregon go 11-1 and reach Thursday night's Fiesta Bowl.
Things might have gone a bit differently this season for Oregon had Barner decided to cut his ...