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LaMichael James

Rrunning back | Oregon

What was it like trying to tackle the country's leading rusher this season? "It's like they spray cocoa butter or Pam on his jersey," UCLA defensive tackle David Carter told the Los Angeles Times. LaMichael James slipped out of a lot of tackles while running for an FBS-best 1,682 yards with 21 touchdowns this season.

The 5-foot-9 sophomore helped guide the No. 2 Ducks to a 12-0 record and Jan. 10 date against Auburn in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game. James was at his best in Oregon's two biggest games, running 67 times for 496 yards with six touchdowns combined in victories over Stanford and USC.

-- Mark Schlabach