LaMichael Keondrae James (born October 22, 1989) is an American football running back for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). The 2010 NCAA college football season was a breakout one for James, as he rushed for 1,682 yards during the regular season, the highest in the nation. He finished third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy and received the Doak Walker Award. In 2011 he became Oregon's career rushing leader and rushed for a school-record 1,805 yards that season. He is considered to be one of the top running backs throughout his college career, with his 5,082 total rushing yards placing him 2nd in Pacific-12 Conference history and 14th in NCAA history. The 49ers selected James in the second round with the 61st pick in the 2012 Draft. James was born in Texarkana, Texas. He attended Liberty-Eylau High School in Texarkana, where he played high school football for the Liberty-Eylau Leopards.
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