Kenjon Barner rushes into Heisman consideration

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Associated Press

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Kenjon Barner modestly said the No. 2 Oregon Ducks did "pretty well" in their big win against USC. As for his own record-setting effort, the ever-humble running back credited his teammates.

So it fell to former Ducks running back and good friend LaMichael James to come right out and say it: Barner has proven he's one of the best running backs in the country and deserves late consideration for the Heisman Trophy.

Barner rushed for a school-record 321 yards and scored five touchdowns in the 62-51 victory over the then-No. 18 Trojans this past Saturday, a game many saw as a preview to the Pac-12 championship. No one had ever run for as many yards against Southern California before, and the five rushing TDs tied the Pac-12 record.

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