Freshman RB Excited for Role Against FSU

Freshman running back Javarris James is expected to be a factor in Monday's game against Florida State.

"It's crazy," said James, on how things have been going for him lately. "Around this time last year I was just dreaming about playing in this game. I didn't actually think I would get a chance to play because there were a lot of good running backs already here."

With the 1-game suspension to Tyrone Moss and injuries to Charlie Jones (hamstring) and Derron Thomas (groin), James received a number of snaps with the first unit throughout fall practices.

Now he is currently behind Jones on the depth chart heading into the FSU game.

"There is a good running back ahead of me in Charlie Jones and I just want to be the dude that whenever he gets tired then I come in and do the same things he does and do the best I can," James said. "This is an honor to be playing in a game like this. Most freshmen don't start off with a first game like this."

Playing in front of a big crowd is something he is looking forward to.

"I am trying not to be too nervous, but the biggest crowd I played in front of was 2,000 or 3,000 people," James said. "Playing in front of 75,000 or 80,000--I am going to try to block that out of my head."

One of the people who will be in attendance is his cousin, Edgerrin James.

With the game just a few days away, Javarris can't wait.

"I always dreamed about running out that smoke," he said. "My eyes are going to be real big from the start of the game to the end of the game. It's a dream come true. I'm living a dream. There's no way you can get used to it."

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING...

Larry Coker, Head Coach
"I have been very impressed with Javarris. Javarris will help us this year. I see a lot of comparison with Edgerrin. He has that same little step that Edgerrin has. At this stage in his career he attacks the defenses better than Edgerrin did. He has great size, is physical, and has a lot of confidence."

Rich Olson, Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
"He's been running hard. He's got really good vision and acceleration. He's picked up the offense fairly well and is doing well in pass protection and in his run reads. I am impressed with him."

Kyle Wright, Quarterback
"I am really optimistic about our depth at running back. A kid like Javarris comes in and did everything he needed to do to get in the mix. It's going to be interesting to see when Tyrone's back, how all of that is going to work out."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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