James becoming Oregon leader

May, 2, 2011
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Ivan Maisel's tour of the Northwest continues with a look at Oregon running back LaMichael James, who will be asked to become a leader on a team with just 11 seniors.

Here's Chip Kelly on that:
"LaMichael's not a real vocal kid," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "He doesn't have to talk every day, but when he says something, people are going to listen to him. That's new for him. He's no longer the young guy. All of a sudden, he's the wily veteran."

The article also touches on how Kelly selects and organizes captains, which is different than most schools. And here's Kelly on "leading by example" sometimes not being enough for "quiet" guys.
"If you're not going to say it, who is going to say it?" Kelly asked. "Sometimes, that excuse of 'Well, I'm not a vocal guy' is your excuse of being selfish. To be a leader, you have to serve. You have to be able to get out of your comfort zone. Maybe you don't like talking in front of a group. But that's what this team needs. Are you willing to do that to get us to compete at the level we have to?"

As for James' controversial arrest last year -- controversial because James was unfairly characterized in many news reports -- James sees that glass as half-full.
"I tell everybody, 'That's the greatest thing that ever happened to me. Ever,'" James said. "I don't think it's a bad thing. I have no regrets about what happened. It just makes you realize a lot of different things. I think it humbles you, makes you more mature, makes you a smarter player in life and in football."

Oh, and some Washington State fans asked: What about us! Fair enough. Tune in tomorrow.

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