PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates his one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
As expected, Oregon running back LaMichael James will enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
As expected, University of Oregon running back LaMichael James has announced that, per Joe Schad and Addicted to Quack, he "has his agent and plans in order and is in process of formally informing the school that, as expected, he is entering the NFL draft, sources said Friday."
James issued a statement through a University of Oregon press release, and said:
"My experience at the University of Oregon has been one unlike any other, and one I will never forget," James said. "I am grateful for the people I have met, the things I have learned, and the amazing community I have had the privilege of being a part of over the last three-and-a-half years. The community of Eugene welcomed me with open arms and has supported me since the day I arrived. I am lucky to have been a part of such an amazing place. I can truly say Eugene is my home away from home and a place I will always hold in high regards.
"As for my coaches and teammates -- they are my family. I love each and every one of them and am eternally grateful for having each of them be a part of my life," James emphasized. "It has been both an honor and a privilege to be a part of something as great as the UO family."
The announcement comes as no surprise, and now the discussion can begin as to where he'll be projected and which teams may find a fit for the speedy and versatile running back.
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