Biography: Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and produced career totals of 175/802/4 on the ground and 17/200/1 as a pass catcher. Sophomore totals included 159/582/4 carrying the ball. Struggled with injuries the past two seasons and finished his senior season with 103/492/6 carrying the ball.
Positives: Adequately sized ball-carrier, showed a lot of ability early in his college career. Displays good running vision, finds the holes and quick to top speed. Effectively uses his blocks, runs with a great degree of patience, and shows enough strength to break tackles. Solid receiver out of the backfield, and extends his hands to make the catch away from his frame.
Negatives: Does not display the ability to quickly cut back, and loses a lot of momentum when he must immediately change direction. Shows a marginal burst in his game. Not an elusive runner or one who creates yardage.
Analysis: Early in his Miami Hurricane career, James looked as though he would be the next big-time NFL running back prospect from the program. Ankle injuries and other assorted ailments have hampered him the past two seasons, and in large part expose him. He possesses the necessary skills to eventually develop as a third back for a team.
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