Who to watch: Oregon v. Kansas State (Fiesta Bowl)

Fiesta Bowl

Thursday, January 3, 8:00pm EST

ESPN

Run Kenjon Run!

Oregon

Kenjon Barner, #24, Senior, RB

Confession: my actual favorite player in this game is Marcus Mariota, who I think blows Collin Klein out of the water and gives Johnny Football Manziel a run for his money.  But, Mariota is just a RS freshman, so I’ll digress…

The Oregon Ducks offense is incredibly high powered (duh) and spreads the ball around to expose a defense’s weakness.  That said, some weeks guys get their touches, other weeks they don’t.  When Kenjon Barner got the ball for the Ducks, the results were absurd.  In seven different games he scored 2+ rushing touchdowns while averaging at least 5.9 yards per carry in each game.  For the season, when evaluating his premier game performance, Barner’s average stat line checks in at:

24.7 carries

152 yards

(6.14  yards/carry)

2 rushing touchdowns

These marks are all near the best in the country, and as an overall package, I’d rank Barner with UCLA’s Franklin and UNC’s Bernard as the most dominant on-field producers in college football.  Tonight, Oregon faces the #17 run defense in the NCAA.  It will be fascinating to see how Barner fairs against them.

And for the record, I have no interest in Collin Klein as a pro prospect.

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