Adam James Caught a Touchdown Pass for Texas Tech

Texas Tech wide receiver Adam James entered his team’s fifth game of the season with the same stats on the year as me or you. He finished the 45-40 loss to Texas A&M with four catches for 28 yards. Oh yeah, he also caught his first touchdown since the Red Raiders’ first game of the 2009 season.

So who is Adam James and why are we making a big deal out of a guy who has four catches on the season? Well, you may remember him because he’s the son of former SMU legend and current ESPN broadcaster, Craig James.

It was Mike Leach’s alleged treatment of young Adam that supposedly got the former Texas Tech coach into trouble with the school, leading to his firing. Later on, it was revealed that Adam did not want Leach fired, and that he found the incident to be funny.

Leach recently provided a scouting report of James:

“Our staff thoroughly researched whether Adam James had any other scholarship offers. We didn’t find any. We offered him a grayshirt, which meant that his scholarship wouldn’t go into effect until January. He needed as much time as he could to develop. He was the last guy we signed in that recruiting class.

The thing about it is, Adam was big enough and moved decently. He was not fast, but he had pretty good hands. He could’ve fit into the role of tight end for us, but because he didn’t work hard he was only marginally effective.”

No catches the first three games, and then four catches and a touchdown finally in the fifth game. That sounds about right. Now in his senior season, you have to figure James could have done more if he had worked harder.

Around The Web

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kent-Daniel/1485403567 Kent Daniel

    I recently watched a replay of the Tech and A&M football game played on October 8, 2011. In particular, I was able to start, stop and replay the blocked field goal attempt by Tech in the third quarter. Adam James had outside blocking responsibility on the left side of the offensive line. Yes, he has to take care of the inside pressure first (on his right shoulder closest to the line of scrimmage), however letting Dustin Harris blow past him around his outside shoulder was unforgiveable. He could have chipped the inside rusher first and then at the least, put a shoulder into Harris to slow him down. But, he didn’t and the result was a blocked kick returned for a touchdown and  ultimately, the difference in the final score. Maybe Adam James would play better and put forth better effort if he was paid, like his father was at SMU.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DWREJBFAJPHYTRN6HAUN4VCJI4 Stephen

    The Leach coaching report has it right. Only the “Phoney Pony” father sees it otherwise.