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LaMichael James Will Declare For 2012 NFL Draft, According To Report

Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James is reportedly declaring for the 2012 NFL Draft.

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The reign of LaMichael James over the Pac-12 appears to be at an end.

A source close to the program indicates that James will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2012 NFL Draft, Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian reports. James's final game as Oregon Ducks starting tailback will be in the 2012 Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers.

Since James became the starter at Oregon, the Ducks have gone 26-2 in conference play, have won three straight Pac-12 championships, and came only a field goal away from winning their first national championship. James has been the main weapon in Chip Kelly's unstoppable up-tempo offense, and he leaves as perhaps the most succesful Duck in Oregon football history.

The Ducks should be able to make up for the loss of James with James's backup Kenjon Barner, speed demon De'Anthony Thomas and power option Tra Carson. But there's only one LaMichael, and he will be missed by many in Eugene.

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