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#5 T.J. James
Position: Running Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
High School: Lincoln
Experience: Transfer
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2012 — Was second on the team in rushing with 90 carries for 383 yards with three touchdowns … also caught 11 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown … was one of the team’s top return specialists with 14 kickoff returns for 306 yards including a long of 54 yards at Campbell … had five returns of 20 yards or more … ccontributed 10 carries for 52 yards (5.2 ave.) and two receptions for 22 yards in win versus Butler … had 52 yards on the ground and 22 yards receiving against Butler … had 22 yards in eight carries in win versus Marist … rushed for 51 yards in 13 carries (3.9 avg.) and caught 6 passes for 60 yards (long of 21 yards) and a touchdown in win at Valparaiso … gained 83 yards on 11 carries (7.5 avg.) with a touchdown in win versus San Diego … had 15 carries for 58 yards (3.9 ave.) with a touchdown and a kick-off return for 54 yards in win at Campbell … recorded six rushes for 29 yards (4.8 ave.) in loss at Indiana State … carried the ball 11 times for 63 yards (5.5 ave.) in win versus Grand View.

Junior College — Transferred from Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls, Iowa) and enrolled at Drake midway through the 2011-12 school year...participated in spring drills in 2012 with the Bulldogs...two-time all-conference and all-region running back at Ellsworth.

Prep — Football and track and field standout at Lincoln High School in Des Moines...three-year letterman in football...two-time first-team All-Central Iowa Metropolitan League choice and two-year team captain...third-team IowaPreps all-state as a senior...Red Zone Player of the Year as a junior...rushed for 2,294 yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons combined, adding 376 yards and three touchdowns receiving...Lincoln's fifth-leading all-time rusher, and school record-holder for single-game rushing yards with 276 yards and 4 TDs on 13 carries...track and field captain two years and four-time letterman...sprinter who qualified for the Drake Relays and state championship meet as both a junior and senior...holds school record in the 100 meters and won the CIML and district titles in the 100 in junior and senior years...won Railsplitter of the Year and Fastest Man Award as a junior, and again was Fastest Man as a senior.

Personal — Journalism major...son of Terry and Donetta James...born in October, 1991 in Des Moines, Iowa.