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ESPN: Thomas the man if James is out

If running back LaMichael James is out for more than a few weeks, Oregon will need several players to step up. But the player who will need to step up the most is not the guy -- or guys -- who will replace James. It's QB Darron Thomas.

James is the Ducks A-lister. He's the Doak Walker Award winner, the unanimous preseason All-American. He's the first guy the Ducks look to. Thomas is the second.

Thomas has been overshadowed by other fancypants QBs in the conference thus far, but he entered Thursday's game with California ranked 17th in the nation ...

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