A Slice Of The Big Apple

Barner finished the season with 1624 and 21 TDs

The Ducks were one player short on Friday, as senior running back Kenjon Barner was concluding his trip to New York where he was a Doak Walker finalist. Barner was back in practice Saturday, as the Ducks completed their second practice of Fiesta Bowl preparation.

EUGENE, Ore.- The Ducks were one player short on Friday, as senior running back Kenjon Barner was concluding his trip to New York where he was a Doak Walker finalist.

Barner was back in practice Saturday, as the Ducks completed their second practice of Fiesta Bowl preparation.

Wisconsin's Montee Ball took home the award given to the nation's top running back, a decision that was a disappointment for Barner.

"Obviously you want to win, but it is what it is," he said. "I feel like I had a pretty good season, but he won. He must've deserved it."

Barner was the third consecutive Oregon finalist for the award, as LaMichael James had been up for the award each of the previous two seasons, winning in 2010. James, who is close friends with Barner, gave his pal some perspective about awards like the Doak Walker.

"You don't know how it's going to turn out," James told Barner. "But, just enjoy the time that you're there and get to know guys and take the experience for what it is."

Barner made the most of his time in the Big Apple, doing just as he was advised, spending extended time with fellow award's finalists, namely Kansas State's Collin Klein.

"We congratulated each other on the season's we had. I wished him luck in the Heisman, stuff like that," Barner said. "No trash talking. I'm not that kind of guy, nor is he."

The trip also brought a sense of finality for Barner, who will play his last game in an Oregon uniform on January 3. The game will be the last in a decorated collegiate career, one that will leave near the top of multiple career categories, including rushing yards, all-purpose yards and scoring.

"It's crazy how time flies," he said.

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