Standing shoeless in a hallway while all around his Oregon teammates celebrated clinching their trip to the national championship, running back LaMichael James was asked for theumpteenth time how he felt about all the individual accolades coming his way.
James bore a here-we-go-again grin. He said he couldn’t think about it because the Ducks still had one more game. This has become a mantra for James, who has tried to deflect the attention that has increased with each carry this season — even though he’s constantly asked about it.
The small yet speedy sophomore is among the four finalists for the Heisman Trophy, the only running back joining a trio of quarterbacks: Auburn’s Cam Newton, Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Boise State’s Kellen Moore.
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