Craig James
Craig  James


Edwardsville, Ill.

High School:
Edwardsville HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 189


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2015 Position Preview: Secondary

Senior core returns for 2015 campaign

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2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in five games • started as team's primary punt returner, returning 12 punts in first five contests • made five tackles on defense and special teams • missed final half of the season with an injury. Game-by-Game: Saw action but did not record any statistics versus TCU • registered two tackles and returned a pair of punts for nine yards at Colorado State • returned seven punts for 11 yards and added a tackle versus Kent State • tallied three punt returns against Ohio • recorded a pair of tackles at Northwestern.

Played in all 13 games • returned punts in the final nine games of the season after Marcus Jones suffered an injury • returned 16 punts 139 yards • tallied eight tackles and three pass breakups. Game-by-Game: Notched one tackle and broke up two passes as he made Minnesota and collegiate debut against Eastern Illinois • made two tackles against Middle Tennessee • played at TCU and against San Jose State where he also fair caught one punt • made one tackle and returned four punts for 66 yards at Michigan • returned three punts and broke up one pass against Northwestern • made two tackles and returned one punt 19 yards against Purdue • returned one punt 6 yards at Illinois • returned one punt 11 yards and asssisted on one tackle against Iowa • played against Ohio State • returned a punt 12 yards at Nebraska • returned four punts at Wisconsin • returned one punt 10 yards and made one tackle against Missouri.

OVERVIEW: Listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports • ESPN ranked him as the No. 27 player in Illinois, while 247Sports had him at No. 32 • the No. 48 defensive back in the nation accoring to ESPN, No. 69 by 247Sports and No. 80 by Scout.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Edwardsville High School • helped lead his team to a 12-1 record as a senior, as the Tigers advanced to the Class 7A semifinals • named first team All-Southwestern Conference, 2013 St. Louis "All-American" Football Team and honorable mention All-State • made 28 tackles • picked off four passes and broke up three more • returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns • second-team all-state defensive back for Class 7A, first team All-Southwestern Conference and first team All-St. Louis Metro as a junior • made 23 tackles, grabbed six interceptions and recovered two fumbles • scored three of his six touchdowns on returns (two on kickoff returns and one on an interception return) • team went 10-2 and advanced to the Class 7A quarterfinals • as a junior was a member of school's 800-meter relay team, which won a state title with a time of 1:27.98.

PERSONAL: Born April 29, 1996 • son of Pamela Beverly-James • has one brother, Cameron, who played wide receiver at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.


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