The 2009 season saw LaMichael James become a star almost literally overnight. He ran for 1,546 yards -- a Pac-10 freshman record -- and helped rescue the Oregon offense that looked dismal in an opening night loss at Boise State. A few months after the season ended though, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound back from Texas learned just how quickly that world can be turned upside down.
If you're an Oregon fan, or even a fan of redemption stories in general, this is a very good read, featuring interviews with both James and his sister. For the entire piece, you need to be an ESPN Insider.