Time To Move On

Adam James will be honored at Saturday's game as a part of Senior Day, players call for respect for the senior wide receiver, despite what's happened.

Saturday's game against Oklahoma State is the Red Raiders final home game of the season, the Wounded Warrior game and it is also senior day.

There will be 19 seniors honored at Saturday's game, including the most talked about and scrutinized player for the past two years – Adam James.

The Celina native will run out of the tunnel for the final time on Saturday as a Red Raider, and most likely not to the sound of cheers and applause.

Most seniors will get cheers and chants from the crowd, but sadly for James, none of that will happen as if the sound from the crowd comes it will most likely be boos and if there are chants they will be littered with derogatory statements and foul language. 

James has gone through more in his four years at Texas Tech than most people would like to go through in their lifetime.

In 2009, James' life changed with a couple of words, "Mike Leach has been fired."

Ever since that moment, James' and his family have been portrayed as enemies, evil people, but people forget that James' was just another kid on the football team – nothing more than that.

James' decided to stay on the football team, and this season has contributed in a couple of games for the Red Raiders, with some big catches.

But despite him helping the Red Raiders, fans continue to boo him, make nasty remarks and Tech place kicker Donnie Carona doesn't like it one bit.

"Yeah, I hate it. I've never liked it since the start," he said. "And like I said, I think he deserves the respect that we all get. Because he's playing for the same team and he's busting his butt for the team to do better. And he's got the team, and that's all we need, is each other."

James so far this season has 240 yards receiving, which is fifth best on the team, and has brought in one touchdown.

In Saturday's loss to the Longhorns, James' led the team with 95 yards receiving and gained a couple of crucial first downs for the Red Raiders.

Having another weapon at wide receiver for junior starting quarterback Seth Doege has been nice, and Doege said James has stepped up in many aspects this season for the team and deserves better from the fans.

"I think he's deserved the success he's had," he said. "He works hard. He's been a big vocal leader for this team. He's really changed his ways and turned things around. He's playing well. So he's going to, it's going to be a special time for him. And I think the crowd should applaud him for everything he's been through."

With just these numbers James is having his best season as a Red Raider, and looks to continue his hot play this weekend with No. 2 Oklahoma State coming to town.

When Tommy Tuberville took over as the new head coach of Tech, in January of 2010, James was just another name on the depth chart at the inside wide receiver position.

When it comes to Saturday, and the seniors being honored, including Adam James, the second year head coach said he hopes the fans are respectful to him and his family.

"I think -- and I hope our fans are sympathetic to all of our seniors. Not just one or two groups. But I would think it's been a hard time not just for Adam but for his family over the last few years," he said. "And so as I said, I've been proud of Adam. He's grown up. He's matured. He's been one of the best leaders that we've had on this team, not just this year but also last year.

"So hopefully it will be a great day for, again, not just for the players but also all the families, because it's tough."

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