LaMichael James' Hunt for the Heisman Trophy in 2010

John DostoyevskyContributor IOctober 3, 2010

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 18: Running back LaMichael James #21of the Oregon Ducks heads to the end zone for a touchdown as safety Nathan Snow #22 of the Portland State Vikings gives chase in the first quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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In the four games thus far LaMichael James, has carried the ball 89 times rushed for 712 yards and 7 touchdowns, averaging 8 yards a carry.

He should have been in contention last year but was overshadowed by last years winner Mark Ingram. Ingram and James had similar numbers last year. Ingram had 271 carries James had 230 in two less games. Ingram averaged 6.1 James averaged 6.7. Ingram had 17 touchdowns, James had 14 touchdowns. Let me remind everyone that James didn't start week one and Ingram had the SEC Championship game.

Comparing the stats between this weeks games in which No. 1 Alabama played No. 7 Florida and No. 4 Oregon played No. 9 Stanford.

Mark Ingram had 12 carries for 46 yards and two touchdowns. 

LaMichael James had 31 carries for 257 yards and three touchdowns against a team that only gave up 113 yards rushing per game and 13.8 points a game. He did more by himself than what Stanford's three other opponents couldn't a team.

Oregon has seven games remaining this season and James is well on pace to run for 1,958 yards, 20 touchdowns on 244 carries destroying Mark Ingrams number last year.

LaMichael James has shown that he cannot only run over people, but can get outside and use his speed to break for a big run, as he has shown in each game with a 72-yard run in his first game, a 66-yard run in his second game, a 40-yard run in his third, and a 76-yard run against Stanford this week.

Both Oregon and Alabama should go the rest of the season without a lose. That being said, hopefully it will be a Oregon Alabama BCS Championship game so that these two prolific running backs can square off once and for all.