After Kenjon Barner had his legendary Heisman worthy performance against Southern Cal, plenty of discussion has been going on as to who they’d rather have carrying the ball for the Ducks: LaMichael James, or Kenjon Barner.
LaMichael should be regarded as the best player in Oregon football history. The 5’9″ running-back (that’s being generous) ushered in a new age of Oregon football. James should forever be considered as the ultimate Chip Kelly Running Back, as his agility, speed, and vision were so refined that he could regularly turn three-on-one situations into touchdowns.
Kenjon Barner is more of the renaissance runner, as his effortless cuts into the zone blocking scheme seem almost too easy. His vision is almost more refined than LaMichael’s, as his experience in the system is unlike any other back under Chip Kelly (trust me, a lot has improved since Bellotti was in town). Barner will be immortalized after his performance in Los Angeles, and that game could be looked at as the template for future running backs, as opposed to LaMichael’s best performances.
So who would you take? LaMichael James, or Kenjon Barner?