Kristen Finstad

Return Of UCLA's Leading Rusher A Game-Time Decision

Created on Nov. 01, 2013 4:31 PM EST

UCLA's Jordon James hasn't played in a game since he suffered a severely sprained ankle in the first weekend of October. Yet, he remains the team's leading rusher with 463 yards and five touchdowns. 

After James was able to practice the last two days, coach Jim Mora said his availability to play Saturday against Colorado would be a "game time decision," according to the Los Angeles Times. 

"He looked pretty good today," Mora said. 

James was the nation's fifth-leading rusher after three games, but the Bruins had to make do without him. Paul Perkins, James' replacement, had 93 rushing yards in last week's game against Oregon and has totaled 331 yards and three touchdowns on the season. 

Mora said that although Perkins "benefited from getting to start" and the other running backs "have done a good job," he is eager to get James back.

"I think we probably missed him more than we thought we would," Mora said. "When you take the fifth-leading rusher in the nation out of your package, it hurts. I don't know if we anticipated that being the case."

Even if James plays in the Colorado game, he won't be taking on a large load. The goal is to get him used to game situations again so that he's prepared for the next weeks against Arizona, Washington, Arizona State, and USC. 

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