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ASU's James proving to be a real team player

September 23, 2002

 After two seasons as the starting quarterback at Albany State, it would be understandable for Senior Marcus James to carry a chip on his shoulder watching Warrin Major and Hosea Harris run the new Golden Ram offense this season.

 Instead, James desire to do whatever to help his team win earned him a starting spot at another position.

Marcus James said "Alot of the wide receivers were gone on special teams. I just ran a route just to help out that day and the coach asked if I wanted to stay out there because he like the route."

Marcus James move to wide receiver lasted less than one half against West Georgia.

With Warrin Major out of the lineup with a sprained ankle and freshman Hosea Harris struggling, Marcus James moved back to quarterback where he completed 17 of 31 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown.

With Major still bothered by his high ankle sprain, there is a chance James could be the starting quarterback Saturday night against Lane College.

 Head coach Mike White said "You are just trying to put one of your better athletes on the field. So, that is where the receiver part comes in. We hope as the quarterback he will be able to some make somplay this week not at receiver but at quarterback."

Marcus James maybe a senior but he says he and his teammates feel like freshmen in the offense of new coordinator Donald Pittman.

The Golden Rams offense has failed to score a point in the first half in their first three games but James believes that will change very soon.

James said "I believe it is going to take to that fourth or fifth game or so before it starts clicking the way it is supposed to."

The final decision on who will start at quarterback Saturday night against Lane College will come later this week when the coaching staff wil have a better idea on whether Warrin Major's has recovered from his sprained ankle.

James says he has no problem playing quarterback or at wide receiver. He just wants to do what he can to lead the Golden Rams back to their winning ways.

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