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Buffalo RB James Starks' Collegiate Career Over

Posted on: August 25, 2009 12:41 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2009 12:43 pm
An already weak senior crop of running backs took a hit Tuesday with the news that 6-2, 211 pound James Starks will miss the 2009 season after tests revealed a labral tear in his shoulder that will require surgery and 4-6 months of rehabilitation, according to head coach Turner Gill.

Starks, who redshirted as a freshman, does not have any eligibility remaining. He'll have the option of petitioning the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility or begin the process of rehabilitating with an eye toward impressing scouts at the 2010 Combine.

Starks, Buffalo's career rushing leader (3,140 yards, 34 TDs), exploded onto the scene last year, rushing for 1,333 yards and 16 touchdowns in helping lead the Bulls to their first MAC title and a berth in the International Bowl, the first bowl game in school history. The total, the most in a single-season in Buffalo history, came despite Starks missing nearly three full games due to injury.

A lanky runner with good burst to get upfield and surprising strength, Starks had been pegged by scouts as a middle-round pick capable of moving up the board with good workouts.


Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2009 9:37 am

Buffalo RB James Starks' Collegiate Career Over

This a bad thing for Starks and UB. I think the Buffalo Bills will throw him a bone next season and keep his career going.

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2009 6:31 pm

Buffalo RB James Starks' Collegiate Career Over

Hopefully someone will give him a shot in the NFL as a late round draft pick or FA pickup on sundays..

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2009 1:06 pm

Buffalo RB James Starks' Collegiate Career Over

this is a big loss to UB.  they will still be in decent shape with the running game as starks' two backups both had very good yardage last season.

Rushing StatisticsNAMECARYDSYPCLONGTD27213334.966 (TD)161004544.5397
obviously thermilus who is now the starter can come close to filling those shoes.  starks definetly has helped to put UB on the map.  he will be missed this year.  lets hope he can be back for 2010.

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