Saturday, October 8, 2011

Grading the Ducks: Cal at Oregon

Each week at The Duck Stops Here we identify our keys to game. Here's a look at Oregon's grades in game 5.

Give LaMichael James a chance to be great

James had a Heisman-worthy game with 30 carries for 239 yards, and the fat kids living the dream paved the way for long runs of 53, 47 and 30 yards. James was at his electric, creative, explosive, tough-running best in this game, and in particular the receivers and tight ends did a great job of blocking at the second level for both him and Kenjon Barner, who also broke loose with a 68-yard touchdown run, true freshman tight end Colt Lyerla with a key downfield block on that play.

photo left: A superlative season that has included a 90-yard touchdown run suffered a major setback Thursday as LaMicheal James dislocated his elbow. Now the entire team has to respond to replace his enormous contribution. (Corvallis Gazette-Times photo.)

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