Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/24/11
Byline: George Schroeder The Register-Guard LaMichael James is down - not for long, he says, but who really knows? - and so the question as Oregon nears the season's halfway pointis simple: Who's got next? Even as James' right elbow popped back into place, you could almost hear the gears whirring in Chip Kelly's head as the coach pondered his options: Kenjon Barner, and Tra Carson, and how best to get the ball to De'Anthony Thomas. "Other guys have to step up - that's what this deal's all about," the coach said, and he's exactly right. Without their biggest star, the Ducks need their other running backs. Those guys are talented, sure, and plenty explosive. But I'm not sure it's doable, replacing James' production and highlight potential- or as important, his often overlooked toughness. Which is why as long as we're talking about stepping up, it's timeto focus on Oregon's most important player, the guy with the best chance to become the Ducks' catalyst. You ready, Darron Thoma...
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