2012 Barner’s time to shine
The Oregon Ducks have become known for their outstanding running game the past few seasons, and while LaMichael James is a big part of that, expect Kenjon Barner to keep the tradition alive as a starter next season.
5) Transfer of Tra Carson
Following the transfer of Tra Carson, the Oregon Ducks are going to be unexpectedly shallow at the running back position next season.
Freshman running back Byron Marshall and sophomore standout De’anthony Thomas will help add depth, but for the most part, it’s going to be on Kenjon Barner to keep the running game going.
De’anthony Thomas will be used in many different situations all over the field, but Barner is going to be the go-to guy all season long.
A lack of depth can be considered a bad thing, but if Barner is able to carry the load next year, his numbers should prove to be the best of his career.
4) New Quarterback
While both players have shown promise early, a new quarterback should mean an even heavier reliance on the running game next year.
3) Senior Leadership
Barner has been very good during his three years with the Oregon football program, but heading into next season, he’ll likely take on the leadership role that James has left behind.
As a senior running back, Barner will be looked upon as a leader, and should thrive in both early and late-game situations.
2) We’ve Seen It Before
Barner has found success before in situations where LaMichael James has missed time—games against New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona State are prime examples of this.
The question of whether he can do it for an entire season is a valid one, but having averaged more than six yards per carry for his career, Barner has been able to step in when James was out, and the Ducks should expect him to do the same next season.
1) He is Finally the No. 1 Option
Despite all the success Barner has had on this Oregon team, he’s been behind James throughout his entire collegiate career. Will he reach the greatness that James provided the past few seasons for the Ducks?
Maybe, maybe not.
His transition to starter, however, should be flawless, as the senior running back should seemingly take over the offense as the No. 1 option next season.
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