Two-Deep Analysis: RB Paul James

With spring camp over, ScarletReport.com is ready to look ahead to training camp with an in-depth, daily look at the depth chart. Going player by player, we break down the key players of training camp with an in-depth look today at running back Paul James.

A walk-on out of Glassboro (N.J.), Paul James has been a major noise-maker camp after camp but has yet to make a true impact in a game. James made his debut as a redshirt freshman last season. He ran five times for 22 yards against Pittsburgh in his most significant action.

Spring Performance -- Injuries cut spring short for James at an already light running back position. James was under the spotlight with coach Kyle Flood looking for as many options as possible to replace Jawan Jamison and push Savon Huggins. James impressed before a leg injury and is working to be ready for training camp.

Expected 2013 Role -- James is going to get a very strong look as the primary backup to Huggins at running back. He lost ground to Desmon Peoples because of spring health issues but has a leg up over all other competitors in terms of experience in the program.

Scouting Report -- At his best, James is a hard-nosed runner that can both stretch the sidelines and be a one-cut and go tailback. James is best between the tackles and is improving as a pass blocker.

James needs to run lower and displays average straight-line speed. He has primarily a one-speed runner and can get caught from behind. James, like Huggins, is most effective with a clear running lane in front of him and has not consistently shown the ability to "gain something out of nothing."

Can James stay healthy? He lost a chance at a scholarship out of high school when a torn ACL ended his Glassboro career. A high-ankle sprain cost him half of his redshirt freshman season and leg injuries curbed his spring development. James needs to show he can stay healthy for a full season.

The Bottom Line -- James needs to prove he can stay healthy before being trusted with a major, in-game role. James has the physical tools and can be a serious weapon if he puts them together.


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