Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/61 -- LaMichael James, RB, 5-8, 194, Oregon...Slippery undersized back will also be trained to return kicks. - The Sports Xchange
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01/22/13 - RB LaMichael James' value continues to increase as the team runs more read-option plays with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. He's averaged 6.9 yards an attempt on his eight playoff carries, including five for 34 yards against Atlanta.
01/20/13 - RB LaMichael James scored his first career touchdown on a 15-yard run against Atlanta.
01/18/13 - RB LaMichael James established himself as a premier kickoff return man during the end of the regular season, and opposing teams took notice. He averaged nearly 30 yards a return during the regular season, but took just one kickoff out of the end zone against Green Bay, for 23 yards.
01/17/13 - As RB LaMichael James established himself as a premier kickoff return man during the end of the regular season, opposing teams took notice. He averaged nearly 30 yards a return during the regular season, but took just one kickoff out of the end zone against Green Bay, for 23 yards.
01/15/13 - RB LaMichael James has shown he can make a significant impact for San Francisco. He's averaged seven yards a carry over his last 10 attempts and 29.8 yards per kickoff return since taking over the role.
12/31/12 - RB LaMichael James' 29.8 average would rank No. 2 in the NFL if he had enough kickoff returns to qualify for the league leaders.
12/27/12 - RB LaMichael James is averaging 29.5 yards per kickoff return, which is fourth in the NFL among players with at least 10 kickoff returns.
12/24/12 - RB LaMichael James had a career-high 201 total yards against Seattle (172 return, 15 rushing, 14 receiving).
12/18/12 - RB LaMichael James' 63-yard kickoff return was the second longest by a 49er this season. WR Kyle William has the longest (94).
12/09/12 - RB LaMichael James made his career debut against Miami and is in line for an extended role the rest of the season. He had eight carries for 30 yards against the Dolphins and returned three kickoffs for 79 yards. With James in the rotation, Frank Gore has a chance to stay fresher as the team gets closer to the playoffs. "It's great, especially towards the end, the last three games," Gore said. "(Kendall Hunter) was a big part of our team and LaMichael can do similar stuff as Kendall, and that's good."