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James Starks grew up in Niagara Falls and competed as a quarterback on the varsity high school football team where he was also the team captain for a whopping three seasons. James Starks received All-Western New York honors. He also played basketball and track and was varsity letterwinners at both for four years apiece.
James Starks was recruited as quarterback for Buffalo College, but during his 2005 season, James Starks was redshirted freshman who practiced quite a bit as cornerback instead. In 2006, James Starks returned for his first official season on the Buffalo team. He switched positions again, this time playing runningback rather than cornerback. As a runningback, James Starks played in 12 games and earned 7 starts. He was first on the team rushing (704 yards) which resulted in six touchdowns over the course of 175 carries. These stats earned James Starks second-team All-MAC honors. As far as catches, James Starks was second on Buffalo after tallying 34 catches totaling 226 yards.
In 2007, James Starks continued to forge strong records. James Starks completed 41 receptions totaling 311 yards, resulting in two touchdowns. He also had 251 carries which broke the school record at the time. These carries resulted in 1,103 yards and 12 touchdowns. James Starks received All-MAC second-team honors yet again.
Though James Starks sat out with injury for a couple games in 2008, he didn't let it hold him back from breaking some new records. James Starks set a new Buffalo record by rushing for 1,333 yards over the course of 272 carries. James Starks finally earned first-team All-MAC honors in addition to honorable mention All-American recognition.
In 2009, a shoulder injury and surgery in August kept James Starks off the playing field. After James Starks graduated with a degree in sociology in May 2010, he knew his next stop was the Green Bay Packers. During training camp, Starks was injured and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP) until November. Soon after, Starks broke the Packers' Rookie post-season record for rushing yards in a single game. He also made rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries in Super Bowl XLV.
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