Of the four finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy, Oregon running back LaMichael James is the only non-quarterback, vying with Stanford's Andrew Luck, Boise State's Kellen Moore and Auburn's Cam Newton for the most coveted individual award in college football.

James leads the country in rushing yards (1,682) and rushing touchdowns (21) and has helped the No. 2 Ducks reach the national championship game against No. 1 Auburn.

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But James is considered a long shot to win the award. Even a former teammate, Ravens rookie tight end Ed Dickson, didn't sound optimistic about James' chances.

"Everybody knows he doesn't have a chance," Dickson said Wednesday. "It's Cam. But it just shows how that program has turned around. LaMichael, the way he's bounced back this season … I know him really well. I was one of his hosts during his recruiting trip, and he lived in my house for the first couple years. He was homesick terribly. So I had to make him feel like he was with family. I knew that he would do great things at the school. He stayed there, and look at him now."

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