If Auburn stops James, Oregon has Barner

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Jan. 8 2011 3:58 a.m. MST

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner speaks during the BCS National Championship media day, Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Oregon will face Auburn in the BCS National Championship football game on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.

Matt York, Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Oregon has been known to use both LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner at the same time, but whether that's the intention against Auburn, Barner isn't saying.

That was about the only thing that Barner wouldn't talk about Friday, when the team met the media in advance of the BCS title game between the No. 1 Tigers and the No. 2 Ducks.

Even if Oregon doesn't use their two sophomore running backs in tandem, Barner could prove problematic for Auburn because he is as speedy as James — meaning that the Tigers won't catch a break if James takes a rest.

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