Haines City, Fla.
Ridge Community HS
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2011 STRENGTH TRAINING ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
2012 ALLSTATE GOOD WORKS TEAM
2012 COMMUNITY SERVICE MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
2012 CAPTAIN’S AWARD
2012 MELCHING LEADERSHIP AWARD
2012 JACK HARDING TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD
2012 (Senior): Started all 12 games at running back … Also saw action on special teams and fullback … One of 11 FBS players named to 2012 AFCA Allstate Good Works Team … Finalist for 2012 Pop Warner Award … Rushed for career-best 621 yards and 6 TDs on 147 attempts … Became 38th 1,000-yard rusher in program history … Added 344 receiving yards and 3 TDs on 30 catches … Rushed for 54 yards in season-opening road win at Boston College … Scored career-best 4 TDs in OT road win at Georgia Tech … Rushing for 89 yards and 3 touchdowns, including game-winning 25-yard score in OT … Added three catches for 24 yards and score against Yellow Jackets … Rushed for career-high 96 yards and TD in home loss to North Carolina … Caught career-high eight passes for 75 yards vs. Florida State … Amassed career-best 164 all-purpose yards at Duke, finishing with 67 rushing yards and TD as well as career-high 97 receiving yards and TD … Caught career-long 72-yard TD pass vs. Blue Devils … Recipient of Community Service Man of the Year Award, Captain’s Award, Melching Leadership Award and Jack Harding Team Most Valuable Player at team’s end-of-season banquet … Graduated in December 2012 … Earned letter.
2011 (Junior): Played in all 12 games, earning two starts … Served as team’s secondary back … Finished second on team with 275 rush yards … Eight total touchdowns (seven rushing, one receiving) were good for second-best on team … Had best performance against Duke, registering 102 all-purpose yards (59 rushing, 43 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns … Season-long run of 32 yards also came against Blue Devils … Ran for 65 yards on 10 carries against Virginia Tech … Recorded 48 yards on 12 carries, including TD run, against Ohio State … Earned letter.
2010 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, starting three … Each start of year came at different position … Started at fullback against Florida State … Started at kick returner against USF … Got nod as starting running back against Notre Dame in Sun Bowl … Carried ball 70 times for 398 yards, third-most on team … Ran for 84 yards on just eight carries against Duke … Scored three rushing and one receiving touchdown … Miami won every game when James scored a touchdown … Had most catches of any Hurricane running back with 13 … Averaged 4.3 yards per catch and 5.7 yards per carry … Earned letter.
2009 (True Freshman): Played in all 13 games for Hurricanes, spending majority of season playing fullback … Carried 15 times for 46 yards and one touchdown … Averaged 3.1 yards per carry … Also had 15 receptions for 105 yards … Had career-high four rushes against Florida A&M and Virginia … Carried four times for 18 yards in win over Virginia … Had three receptions for 26 yards with season-long 17-yarder in win over Florida A&M … Also returned kicks and had 17 returns for 363 yards including 40-yard return against Georgia Tech and 41-yard return against Florida A&M … Had three returns for 75 yards at Wake Forest and four returns for 82 yards at North Carolina … Earned letter.
High School: Enrolled at UM in January 2009 … No. 18-best running back prospect by Scout.com, No. 21-best running back prospect by Rivals.com and No. 33 running back by ESPN.com … Named The Ledger‘s all-county first-team running back … Named to Mobile Press-Register‘s Super Southeast 120 … FSWA All-State honorable mention … Ran for 1,300 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as senior while also returning punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns … Rushed 198 times for 1,108 yards with 15 touchdowns as junior and had four receiving touchdowns … Coached by Richard Tate.