There's a lot for LaMichael James to look forward to this upcoming season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, as he prepares to adjust to a new role as being one of the members of the platoon backfield. The 49ers already have a featureback in Frank Gore and a second option in Anthony Dixon, and James figures to scoop up whatever's left for him.
It'll be a change of pace from his Oregon days, where he shouldered the load and was the main reason the Ducks won three straight Pac-12 championship games. James will no longer get a bulk of the carries or the credit in helping his team win a championship. However, he should be in a low-risk, high-reward environment that would be ideal for him to thrive. David Fucillo of Niners Nation conducted an interview with James, where he revealed how he felt about the changes he'd have to make from Oregon to the NFL.
NN: I'm going to move onto some more football-specific questions. You're joining Coach Harbaugh and obviously you just came from working with Coach Kelly up in Oregon. Are there any similarities or differences that are notable between the two?
LJ: There are. They're both no BS guys. There's no grey area. They expect you to go out there and perform to the best of your ability and practice hard. Just like I said before, you get out of it what you put into it. If you don't go out there and practice hard, at the end of the day that's just a wasted day. I don't want to hold myself accountable for not going out there and not practicing hard when someone else can be having my spot doing the same thing. So I hold myself accountable, going out there practicing hard each and every day. You gotta live up to those standards, to be a 49er. And I think everybody here wants to win a championship. This is a great team so I have to go out there and practice hard each and every day.
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