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Last season he keyed the Ducks’ super-fast spread offense to a 12-0 regular-season record and a berth in the BCS championship game. James declared he was returning to Oregon even before the loss to Auburn in the title game, saying he wanted to complete his education.

When the season was over, James led the NCAA in yards rushing with 1,731. He finished third in the Heisman vote behind winner Cam Newton of Auburn and Andrew Luck of Stanford.

James leaves Oregon with several school records, including most career touchdowns (58), most career 100-yard rushing games (26) and most career points (348). He has seven career 200-yard games.

He is the eighth Ducks player to leave school for the draft with eligibility remaining.