James has been an impact player since he stepped onto the field in 2012, delivering a Colorado State freshman record 7.5 sacks and earning freshman All-American honors along the way. An explosive player with good size (6-1, 245), James has been in the starting lineup for two years and built on an impressive 2012 with another good season in 2013, posting 60 tackles and eight sacks. Now a tested veteran who has shown he can produce on the field, James will be looking for post-season honors as a leader on the Rams defense.
A two-year letter winner at Del Rio High School in Del Rio, Texas, James started 21 straight games at linebacker before suffering an ACL tear in his left knee. In nearly two years, he recorded 116 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Despite the knee injury, he was voted the District 29-5A Co-Linebacker of the Year as a senior and was named a first-team all-district player for the second straight year. He also played baseball for Del Rio.
As a freshman, he redshirted the 2011 season, but things got busy in a hurry once 2012 arrived. He set the freshman sack record and was in on 54 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss, which tied for sixth in the Mountain West. In 2013, he started 13 games and added 12 tackles for loss to his stat line. He posted a career-high nine tackles in the season-opener against Colorado and was third on the team with two forced fumbles.
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