LaMichael is San Francisco Bound !
April 30, 2012, 10:40 am
Today, former Oregon All-American LaMichael James became the first Oregon player to be taken in the NFL Draft. The San Francisco 49ers selected james with the 29th pick in the second round, 61st overall.
James was not in New York to accept the honor, but held a media conference in his hometown of Texarkana, Texas. When asked how he felt to be drafted, James simply replied, "I'm stoked about it."
James becomes the fourth running back on the 49ers roster, joining Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, and Brandon Jacobs. When asked about sitting behind Frank Gore, James said it was "Awesome," saying, "If I have to sit behind him and learn, I look at that as an opportunity to get better."
When asked if he expected San Francisco to take him, James replied, "Yes. ... I just want to go in there and compete. Those guys are great running backs. I'm sure I can learn a lot of things from those guys."
Most believe James will first see time as a punt returner. "I can do anything that's asked," James said. "I can return the ball. I can even run down on kickoffs, block field goal whatever the team needs me to do to win ballgames, that's what I'm going to do."
James, the 2010 Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy runner-up, ran for 5,082 in his career at Oregon, and helped lead Oregon to their first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years.
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