|No. 23, 33, 27|
|Born:||October 22, 1989|
New Boston, Texas
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com|
LaMichael Keondrae "LaMike" James (born October 22, 1989) is a former American football running back. James played college football for the University of Oregon.
The 2010 season was a breakout one for James, as he rushed for 1,731 yards, the highest in the nation. He finished third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy that year and received the Doak Walker Award. In 2011, he became Oregon's career rushing leader and rushed for a school-record 1,805 yards. He was considered to be one of the top running backs throughout his college career, with his 5,082 total rushing yards placing him 2nd in Pac-12 Conference history and 14th in NCAA history. James was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
James attended Liberty-Eylau High School in Texarkana, Texas, where he played for the Liberty-Eylau Leopards high school football team. As a sophomore, he rushed for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns on 76 carries. In his junior season, he totaled 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns on 229 carries while adding 500 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 33 receptions. James continued his dominance during his senior campaign to the tune of 2,043 yards and 24 touchdowns on 230 touches, averaging 8.9 yards per carry.
Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, James was listed as the No. 12 all-purpose back in the nation in 2008.
James attended the University of Oregon, where he played for coach Chip Kelly's Oregon Ducks football team from 2009 to 2011. After the suspension of LeGarrette Blount, James became the starting running back for the Ducks in 2009. He helped the Ducks to upset victories over Utah and California with 152 and 118 rushing yards, respectively. He again rushed for over 100 yards on October 10 against UCLA with 152 yards on 20 carries.
Once again, James eclipsed the 100 yard mark with 154 yards rushing on 15 carries against Washington on October 24, and on October 31 with 183 yards to upset then #5 USC. He led all BCS-conference running backs with 6.9 yards per carry.
On December 7, 2009, James was named Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
On March 9, 2010, head coach Chip Kelly announced that James would be suspended for the season opening game of the 2010 season, following his guilty plea for physical harassment against his former girlfriend.
Against Portland State, James rushed for 227 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 69–0 shutout win, the Ducks' second shutout on the year. The next week, against Arizona State, James was held to only 94 rushing yards, but the total was enough to move James past the 2,000 yard mark for his career. Against the Arizona Wildcats, James rushed for 126 yards, 2 touchdowns and surpassed LeGarrette Blount's single season scoring record. James had a season high against the Stanford Cardinal by garnering 3 touchdowns, and 257 yards on 31 rushes. Over the course of the season, James had eclipsed the century mark 9 times, only failing to reach 100 yards twice. All in all James has had 18 100+ rushing yard games in his career, a record at the University of Oregon.
Despite missing the first game of the 2010 season, due to suspension, James managed to break the Pac-10 all-time sophomore single season rushing record, and led the country in both rushing yards (1,682) and touchdowns (22), ultimately earning a trip to the annual Heisman Ceremony in New York as a finalist. Following James' 2010 season, he received the Doak Walker award, given to best running back in the country, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. He was also a Pac-12 All-Academic selection. The Ducks finished regular season play undefeated (12-0) and ranked No. 2 in both the BCS and the AP poll. They played the top-ranked Auburn Tigers in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona. In that game, James had two touchdown receptions, including one that set up the game-tying two-point conversion. Nevertheless, James' season ended with disappointment when Auburn kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired for a 22–19 win.
In the first game of the 2011 season against LSU, James became Oregon's career rushing leader, surpassing the mark previously set by Derek Loville. In the third game of the season against Missouri State, James ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, which was his 4th career 200+ yard rushing game. On September 24 in a game against Arizona, James rushed for an Oregon single game record of 288 yards on 24 carries.
On October 6, 2011, in a game against California, James fell awkwardly on his right arm and left with an air cast. After the game it was announced that X-rays were negative for a break and that he had suffered a dislocated elbow but popped it back into place before leaving the field. During the post game interview James' health for the next game came into question. James' response to questions about his health was: "I could tear all of my ACLs and I'll still play."
On December 2, 2011, James won the Pac-12 Championship Game MVP, while rushing for 3 touchdowns. On January 2, 2012, James rushed for 159 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown to help Oregon beat Wisconsin 45–38 in the Rose Bowl. James credits much of his success to former Oregon Running Back's coach Garry Campbell. Campbell also helped produce a few other Oregon Running backs into NFL players including: Jonathan Stewart, LaGerrette Blount, Kenjon Barner, and Royce Freeman.
James was also a track & field star at the University of Oregon. Despite limited workouts with school's track team, he placed 5th in the 2010 Pac-10 championships at the 100 meters, posting a personal-best time of 10.50 seconds in the semifinals. This time was one hundredth of a second faster than his high school personal best of 10.51, which he achieved while still in high school at the 2006 Texas State Final Track meet while running for Liberty-Eylau High School. He also anchored 4x100 relay to 4th place. He ran a personal-best time of 6.77 seconds in the 60 meters at the 2010 Washington Husky Invitational, placing 3rd in the finals.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|5 ft 8 in
|4.45 s||1.50 s||2.51 s||4.12 s||6.88 s||35 in
|10 ft 3 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
James was drafted in the second round with the 61st overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 NFL Draft. His college success did not carry over to the NFL.
During his rookie season, James played in his first career regular season game against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. He carried the ball 8 times for 30 yards and had a 3.7 yard avg. He also caught a 15-yard reception. In Week 15 against the New England Patriots, James had 8 carries for 31 yards. He also had a 62-yard kickoff return after the Patriots had completed a 28-point comeback to tie the game up, leading to a touchdown the next play for the 49ers. James scored his first NFL touchdown in the 2012 NFC Championship against the Atlanta Falcons. James and the 49ers reached Super Bowl XLVII in the 2012 season. In the game, he had 3 rushes for 10 yards but lost a fumble as the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34–31. He requested his release early during the 2014 season, and was officially released on September 8, 2014. James attributes some of his struggles with the 49ers to how his head coach for the team, Jim Harbaugh, was the one who wanted to draft James, meanwhile the 49ers running back coach and former 49ers fullback, Tom Rathman, did not actually want the former Oregon back. On top of this the team was already employing 5 time pro bowler and future NFL league leader for games played at running back Frank Gore.
James signed with the Miami Dolphins practice squad on September 30, 2014. He was promoted to the active roster on November 10, 2014, after a season-ending injury to left tackle Branden Albert.
He was re-signed by the Dolphins on March 20, 2015. Prior to the 2015 season, James informed the media that he preferred to be addressed as "LaMike", stating his friends, family and teammates have always called him LaMike. James was waived by the Dolphins on September 14, 2015.
James was born in New Boston, Texas to Rosemary James. He was raised by his maternal grandma, Betty James, in Texarkana, Texas. Unfortunately Betty James passed away when LaMichael was only 17 years old of cancer. Because of this LaMichael was forced to live by himself for his Junior and Senior year of high school
James turned himself into a restaurant franchise owner after his NFL playing days ended. He currently owns two Killer Burger stores in the state of Oregon. One is located in Beaverton and the other is located in Lake Oswego. James plans to open a third franchise store in the same city as his Alma-matter, Eugene, Oregon.