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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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."
12/06/12 - RB LaMichael James is expected to make his first career appearance Sunday against the Dolphins. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the team didn't want to overload Frank Gore.
12/02/12 - RB LaMichael James remained inactive despite Kendall Hunter's season-ending Achilles tear.
11/30/12 - RB LaMichael James and WR A.J. Jenkins have not been informed if they will be active on Sunday against St. Louis. Both players figure to be in the mix to see their first playing time of their careers due to the season-ending injuries to RB Kendall Hunter and WR Kyle Williams.
08/26/12 - RB LaMichael James rebounded quickly from a sprained ankle in Houston and was back at practice within a day.
04/30/12 - 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
04/30/12 - The 49ers went into the draft wanting to increase their big-play ability and that's exactly what they did with their first two picks. Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins possesses 4.31 speed according to the hand time 49ers scouts had for him at the college scouting combine. He was also enormously productive. Second-round pick LaMichael James is another dangerously fast, highly-productive player who amassed three straight seasons of over 1,500 yards rushing at Oregon. Both these players are slight, particularly James, who's only 5-8, 194 pounds, but the 49ers believe his stature could be effective behind their increasingly big offensive line. The knock on each of these players is strength. Jenkins, because of off-season injuries, has been unable to spend consistent time in the weight room and will need to get stronger. At times, he got stymied at the line of scrimmage because of that. James had injury issues at Oregon, including a dislocated elbow last season. Another problem with James is his lack of pass receiving; he never caught more than 18 passes in any one season and is not a natural pass catcher. - The Sports Xchange
04/30/12 - Coach Jim Harbaugh, who had trouble beating LaMichael James and his Oregon Ducks when he coached at Stanford, was in no mood to entertain doubts about James's smallish stature, or whether James' selection was a commentary on starter Frank Gore. "There's no need for me to stand up here and defend the pick of LaMichael James. You asked a question, 'is it an indictment against Frank Gore?' My God no." James was arrested in high school and college for assault. The earlier charges were dropped, but James had to serve jail time and 24 months probation for the second charge. He was also investigated twice for NCAA violations. But according to the 49ers, James and his character checked out. "His reputation as a person and as a football player, is very near impeccable," Harbaugh said. - The Sports Xchange
04/27/12 - RB LaMichael James, Oregon -- A definite change-up runner in the smashmouth offense of the 49ers. He's a mighty mite of a running back who was ultra-productive in the Ducks' spread offense. He's a blur with the ball, and shows the same level of toughness that made undersized tailback Warrick Dunn a 12-year pro.