Out of the gate

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Ore­gon’s sea­son is al­most bound to get off to a bet­ter start than it did last year. In Kelly’s first game as head coach, the Ducks jour­neyed to Boise State, which was pumped up to play a big-name op­po­nent on its blue field. Ore­gon lost the game 19-8 and also lost tail­back LeGar­rette Blount for most of the sea­son af­ter he was sus­pended for sucker-punch­ing a Boise State player af­ter the game. This year’s pro­jected star run­ning back, LaMichael James, is vir­tu­ally cer­tain not to do any­thing like that against New Mex­ico. James won’t even see the field, as he’ll be sit­ting out a one-game sus­pen­sion af­ter plead­ing guilty to a mis­de­meanor charge of ha­rass­ment.

Run­ning back LaMichael James ran for 1,546 yards last sea­son but will sit out the Ducks’ opener.

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