LaMichael James vs. James Rodgers: A Civil War showdown at 60 meters

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In early December when the whole state of Oregon was abuzz over its annual college football rivalry game, it was fashionable to compare the prolific running backs from Oregon (LaMichael James) and Oregon State (Jacquizz Rodgers).

Oregon beat Oregon State in an epic Civil War game and advanced to the Rose Bowl.

On Saturday, football fans from both teams may be interested in the results of an indoor track meet in Seattle. LaMichael James will run the 60 meters for Oregon, and is on the start list for the fifth of 12 heats of the event.

Jacquizz Rodgers’ older brother, James, is part of a group of male Oregon State athletes that will compete at a track meet for the first time since 1988. Rodgers is one of five who will make the trip for the Beavers. Marcus Wheaton, originally named as a participant, has a scheduling conflict and won’t be there.

LM James vs. James R.

It’s a rare opportunity to find out who’s faster over 60 meters.

Anyone who has seen highlights of these two diminutive Texans knows both of them can fly.

A head-to-head showdown may be unlikely. Rodgers runs in heat two. They would both need to win their heats – and beat a lot of good college sprinters – in order to end up in the same race.

They will take off from the starting blocks just minutes apart. And the clock will tell us who’s faster.

A tale of the tape:

LaMichael James (Oregon): Freshman … 5-9, 180 … from Texarkana, Texas … 1,546 rushing yards, 168 receiving, 14 touchdowns in 2009 … 3rd team AP All-American (RB).

James Rodgers (Oregon State): Junior … 5-7, 185 … from Richmond, Texas … 1,034 receiving yards, 991 return yards, 303 rushing yards, 9 touchdowns in 2009 … 2nd team AP All-American (all-purpose)

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