Mark Edwards In My Opinion: JSU ace stays quiet, keeps scoring TDs
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Jacksonville State running back DaMarcus James scores one of his 5 TD against the Austin Peay Governors. (Photo by Stephen Gross)
Jacksonville State running back DaMarcus James scores one of his 5 TD against the Austin Peay Governors. (Photo by Stephen Gross)
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Jacksonville State has much bigger stakes in mind when the Gamecocks face Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, but here's hoping their ace running back, DaMarcus James, gets a couple of touchdowns.

The hard-working James has 20 touchdowns, which is a school record. So are his 120 points. If James can cross the goal line with the ball once against Southeast Missouri State, he will tie the Ohio Valley Conference record of 21, set by Eastern Kentucky's Elroy Harris in 1988. If James can do it a second time, he will have 132 points, which will break Harris' OVC mark of 128, also set in 1988.

JSU didn't begin the season thinking of James as the go-to guy when the end zone was in sight, which is why he managed only one touchdown in the first three games. But the 5-foot-10, 220-pound bruiser proved himself as a short-yardage killer in an overtime win over Georgia State, scoring three times. He matched that the next week against Murray State.

And so it began. It doesn't seem to matter other teams pretty much know the Gamecocks will turn to James when they get close to the goal line. Heck, sometimes they snap it straight to him in the Wildcat formation.

It probably wouldn't matter if the other team called timeout and shouted across the field to JSU's bench, "Are you going to give the ball to him?" And JSU coach Bill Clark could shout back, "Why, yes, we are. Good luck!"

He has scored so often nobody in the state has matched his pace, not even Auburn's Tre Mason, whose 18 touchdowns lead the Southeastern Conference.

Coaches and teammates describe James as a quiet person who doesn't talk about himself much and a hard worker who never takes a day off. Doesn't a guy like that deserve having his name in the conference recordbook?

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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