Scouting Report: Brandon James
Non-position specific categories
Running Back Specific Categories
|Between the tackles||8||2|
|Outside the tackles||8||5.5|
A very speedy back with great abilities as a return man. Good vision. Identifies a seam quickly, plants foot and streaks forward. Good body control. Displayed soft hands when asked to catch out of the backfield for the Gators. For a small player, James isn’t afraid of contact. Good change of direction abilities and straight line speed.
Very small player. Doesn’t display the ability to run between the tackles effectively as a running back. Trusts his speed too much and will try to bounce to the outside too often. Will gamble on returns, fielding a kick when he should have made a fair catch.
Will more than likely be only a return specialist at the next level. Was listed as an “athlete” for his position at Florida as he played running back, wide receiver and returned kicks/punts. Relies heavily on his speed an athletic ability and is one injury away from not having anything left in his bag of tricks. James is a high quality return man that could fill in as a backup running back in cases of injury, but if drafted, it will be as a return specialist only.
Appeared in 50 games with seven starts. Used mainly as a return specialist.
Awards and Honors
2009: Second-Team All-SEC KR (Phil Steele).
2008: SEC Special Teams Player of the Year. First-Team All-American by Sporting News and Phil Steele. All-SEC selection by vote of the league’s head coaches.
2007: First-team All-SEC by Rivals.com and Lindy’s.
2006: First-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.
Sociology major at Florida.
Had surgery on his right foot in spring of 2009.
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