Originally posted on Dr. Saturday  |  Last updated 1/6/12
LaMichael James declared for the NFL Draft today, which means it's times for the debates to begin: About his size, his durability, his transition from a prolific "college offense" to a pro system that will never consider the schemes that fueled his record-breaking career at Oregon. All of which will go on until the question is decided one way or the other, years from now. There are more pressing questions to answer in Eugene, too, some of them about just how much James will be missed in a backfield still loaded with returning talent, and some that have nothing to do with the game on the field at all. But as of tonight, there will never be any question where he stands in the history of Oregon football: After three consecutive 1,500-yard seasons, three consecutive conference championships and now the first Rose Bowl win in 95 years, he goes at the top of the list of greatest Ducks and may never be supplanted. James goes out with school records for rushing yards and touchdowns and as the
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