KENDALL HUNTER LAMICHAEL JAMES
Kendall Hunter vs. LaMichael James
Tale of the tape
Hunter: Second season, 5-7, 200, Oklahoma State
James: Rookie, 5-9, 195, Oregon
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It was a bit of a surprise when the 49ers selected James in the second round of the draft, if only because he is similar to Hunter. And Hunter did a fine job as a rookie while backing up Frank Gore. Hunter rushed for 473 yards (4.2 average) and caught 16 passes for 195 yards. He has the powerful build to run between the tackles and fulfill all his assignments in pass protection. James was a home-run hitter his three-year college career. Last season, he averaged 7.3 yards a carry. He was a tough runner at Oregon, but it's unknown how his skills will translate to the NFL. When it comes to solidifying a role behind Gore, this will be one of the more interesting competitions in camp -- and, more than likely, throughout the season. Both players will win roster spots, but the battle for playing time is the bigger issue.