EUGENE - LaMichael James will declare for the NFL draft and skip his senior year with the University of Oregon Ducks, the Oregonian reported Wednesday
However, the University of Oregon's sports information department denied that any decision regarding James’ future has been made. So has James, through a Facebook posting.
A source KGW spoke with said James is going to the NFL, but that James and the school don't want the distraction leading up to the Rose Bowl.
James became the first rusher in Pac-12 history with three straight 1,500-yard seasons. He moved into a tie with USC's LenDale White (2003-05) for second on the league's career rushing TD list with 52.
James ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns and No. 8 Oregon beat UCLA 49-31 in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game for the Ducks' third straight conference title last month.
They take on Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.