Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/5/12
Superstar Material There is nobody in the nation who doesn’t know how good the Oregon Ducks are this season, especially after the 62-51 trouncing over the USC Trojans this past Saturday. After the big victory that established the Ducks as the Pac-12 standard of excellence, Oregon has seen improved poll results and is now looking towards the big picture as they head down the final stretch of their season, next facing the California Golden Bears on Saturday. Despite being in the national spotlight week-in and week-out, however, one of the most important players on Oregon’s offense has been largely ignored up until this point in the season. No, that player isn’t superstar freshman Marcus Mariota.  It’s Kenjon Barner, Oregon’s running back that is establishing a big name for himself after being an understudy to LaMichael James the past few seasons. And, after 321 yards and five touchdowns against the Trojans, many are putting him right into the thick of the Heisman race, a place he more...
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