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Oregon RB Tabbed as Breakout Candidate by PFF

On3 imageby:Justin Hopkins06/05/24

The offseason hype is building around college football. Some teams are looking to bounce back. Some players are looking to take the next step. And Pro Football Focus has named its top ten breakout candidates for the upcoming season.

Oregon running back Jordan James finds himself among those ten listed. Entering his junior season for Oregon, James has shown his ability to finish at the goal line for the Ducks. Last season James finished with 11 touchdowns and 759 rush yards.

With Bucky Irving now off to the NFL, that gives James a chance to step into a bigger role.

From PFF:

Jordan was very good in 2023, so there is a case to be made that he has already “broken out,” but he’ll enter the 2024 campaign as the primary featured back in Oregon’s offense and will get even more opportunities to make a name for himself.

James split the carries with Bucky Irving last year, but James was arguably the better back of the two. He averaged more yards per carry (7.1) and put up better marks in every major PFF statistical category. James also led the nation in PFF rushing grade at 94.8.

Others Included:

QB Nico Iamaleava – Tennessee

WR Kyren Lacy – LSU

QB Jackson Arnold – Oklahoma

QB Conner Weigman – Texas A&M

CB Ja’den McBurrows – Michigan

QB Brock Vandagriff – Kentucky

TE Oscar Delp – Georgia

QB Miller Moss – USC

SAF Sonny Styles – Ohio State

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