James Starks

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James Starks
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Starks in 2011
No. 44 Green Bay Packers
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-02-25) February 25, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth: Niagara Falls, New York
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Niagara Falls (NY)
College: Buffalo
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (XLV)
  • First-team All-MAC (2008)
  • 2× Second-team All-MAC (2006, 2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Rushing yards: 2,502
Rushing average: 4.1
Rushing touchdowns: 9
Receptions: 125
Receiving yards: 1,017
Receiving touchdowns: 6
Player stats at NFL.com

James Darell Starks (born February 25, 1986) is an American football running back for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Buffalo. Starks was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

James attended high school in Niagara Falls, New York, where he played football and ran track. In football, he ran for 1,048 yards and threw for over 600 yards for the Wolverines of Niagara Falls High School while earning All-Western New York honors in his senior season. He served as a captain for three years. In track & field, Starks was one of the states top performers in the long jump (PR of 7.00 meters), and also recorded an 11.14 100-meter dash time.[citation needed]

Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Starks' only scholarship offer came from Buffalo, which he accepted.

College career[edit]

Starks attended the University at Buffalo, where he played on the Buffalo Bulls football team from 2008 to 2010. He set a career rushing record with 3,140 yards, and scored 40 total touchdowns. He registered back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons as a sophomore and junior. He was one of the elite backs in the MAC and became the first 1,000-yard rusher in the Bulls’ Division I-A era. He also became the first UB freshman to earn All-MAC recognition in 2006. He earned second-team All-MAC honors as a freshman and sophomore, and was named to the All-MAC first-team as a junior. Starks did not play in his senior season due to a shoulder injury.[1] He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Source: FoxSports.com

Year Team GP Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2006 BUF 12 175 704 4.0 54 6 34 226 6.6 30 0
2007 BUF 12 251 1,103 4.4 92 12 41 311 7.6 74 2
2008 BUF 12 272 1,333 4.9 66 16 52 361 6.9 65 1
Total 36 698 3,140 4.5 92 34 127 898 7.1 74 3

Professional career[edit]

External video
Starks's NFL Combine workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 218 lb 33 34 in 9 12 in 4.50 s 1.61 s 2.69 s 4.23 s 6.89 s 36 in 9 ft 11 in 15 reps
All values are from NFL Combine[3][4]

Starks was selected in the sixth round (193rd overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2010 NFL Draft.[5] On June 23, 2010, he signed a contract with the Packers.[6] Starks was placed on reserve/physically unable to perform on August 31, 2010.[7] On November 9, 2010, he was activated from the physically unable to perform list.[8] He made his NFL debut on December 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, with 18 carries for 73 yards. On January 9 in the 2011 Wild Card Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Starks broke the Packers' rookie post-season record for rushing yards in a single game. His first touchdown came against the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game. On the weekend before the Super Bowl, the Niagara Falls—in his hometown of Niagara Falls, New York—were lit green and gold in his honor. The following Monday, Starks met with Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster.[citation needed]

Starks's rookie season finished with a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in which he rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries. He ended the postseason with the third-most rushing yards for a rookie running back in a single playoffs behind Timmy Smith in 1988 and Jamal Lewis in 2000.[9]

In the 2011 season, Starks led the Packers in rushing yards with 578. However, Starks utilized a physical style of play which exposed him to injuries. Starks missed three games with an ankle injury that year.[10]

In 2012, Starks was plagued by turf toe in September and a bone bruise in December.[10] By the end of the season, he managed only 71 carries in six games.[11]

Starks lined up at running back for the Packers in 2013

Starks performed adequately in limited action during the 2013 season. In a September 15, 2013 game against the Washington Redskins, Starks rushed for over 100 yards in a game for the first time in his career. His 115 yards on ten carries marked the first time a Packers player had topped 100 yards since Brandon Jackson in 2010.[12] In the following game, Starks exited with a knee injury and would miss the following three games.[13] Capitalizing on Starks' injuries, Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy became the team's star running back.[14]

Between various lower body injuries, Starks missed 29 games and played in only 35 in his first four seasons in the NFL.[10]

Prior to the 2014 season, Starks and the Packers agreed on a two-year contract worth $3.165 million with the expectation that he would be the backup to Eddie Lacy.[15] After missing so much time due to injury, Starks adjusted his style of play to be more conservative, evading tackles instead of absorbing or breaking them. As a result, he played the first two full seasons of his career, managing to appear in all 32 games of his two-year contract.[10]

During the 2015 season, starter Eddie Lacy's playing time decreased due to issues with conditioning and his violations of the team's curfew. Lacy's diminished workload and Starks' continued health contributed to Starks receiving four starts during the season and registering career high totals in rushing yards, receiving yards and touchdowns.[10][16]

In March 2016, after visiting with the New England Patriots, Starks, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Packers.[16] On October 16 2016, Starks, who had been second on Green Bay's depth chart behind Eddie Lacy, underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.[17]

Statistics[edit]

Source: NFL.com

Year Team G GS Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
Regular season
2010 GB 3 0 29 101 3.5 16 0 2 15 7.5 12 0 0 0
2011 GB 13 2 133 578 4.3 40 1 29 216 7.4 17 0 2 1
2012 GB 6 2 71 255 3.6 22 1 4 31 7.8 9 0 1 0
2013 GB 13 1 89 493 5.5 41 3 10 89 8.9 23 1 1 0
2014 GB 16 0 85 333 3.9 41 2 18 140 7.8 28 0 1 0
2015 GB 16 4 148 601 4.1 65 2 43 392 9.1 30 3 5 3
Total 67 9 555 2,361 4.3 65 9 106 883 8.3 30 4 10 4
Postseason
2010 GB 4 4 81 315 3.9 27 1 3 15 5.0 8 0 0 0
2011 GB 1 0 6 43 7.2 29 0 4 24 6.0 12 0 0 0
2013 GB 1 0 5 29 5.8 10 0 1 13 13.0 13 0 0 0
2014 GB 2 0 10 60 6.0 32 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 GB 2 0 19 76 4.0 22 1 6 16 2.7 6 0 0 0
Total 10 4 121 523 4.3 32 2 15 68 4.5 13 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulls lose Starks to shoulder injury". ESPN.com. August 25, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Brand, J. David (March 17, 2015). "Catching up with Buffalo Bulls football great Justin Winters at St. Vincent Pallotti". UBBullRun.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - James Starks". NFL.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "James Starks - Buffalo, RB : 2010 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ "James Starks Draft Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Packers sign three draft picks". Packers.com. June 23, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Packers place three players on reserve/PUP, Porter on injured reserve". Packers.com. August 31, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Packers activate RB Starks, release LB Francois". Packers.com. November 9, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ ""Super Season" kicks off" (PDF). NFLCommunications.com. January 7, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Wood, Ryan (January 29, 2016). "James Starks 'being smarter,' staying healthy". PackersNews.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ Silverstein, Tom (July 27, 2013). "James Starks resolves to stay healthy". JSOnline.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ Katzowitz, Josh (September 15, 2013). "James Starks has first 100-yard rushing day for Packers since 2010". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ Dunne, Tyler (June 20, 2014). "James Starks' No. 1 goal: Stay healthy this year". JSOnline.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  14. ^ Morgan, Chris (January 7, 2014). "2013 Packers: surmounting injuries, Eddie Lacy's bright future". NewYork.CBSLocal.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ McGinn, Bob (March 20, 2014). "James Starks' deal is worth $3.165 million". JSOnline.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Alper, Josh (March 18, 2016). "James Starks returns to Packers". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Packers' James Starks: Has surgery on torn meniscus". CBSSports.com. October 16, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 

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