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March 8, 2007

Javarris: I love the new offense

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JAVARRIS JAMES Q&A

Q: How much more comfortable are you with a year under your belt?

James: The confidence level is up a lot more, given the chance - you already know how guys are, you already get used to the speed of the game but I still have a lot to learn. Guys still teaching me and plus having a new coach is like starting all over again.

Q: What do you think about the new offense so far?

James: It's great - I love it.

Q: You think Graig Cooper is going to have the same impact that you did in your freshman season?

James: Oh definitely. Graig Cooper is a special kid. He's going to be one of the best freshman running backs to come through here.

Q: Better than you?

James: Yeah, better than me.

Q: He said he's already gone to you for advice. What types of things have you told him?

James: I just told him just play for yourself, don't try to come out and do everything perfect. Because I remember I was sitting there just a couple of months ago trying to do everything right, all nervous and stuff. I just told him make sure you just be calm, it's just like high school.

Q: What about adjustments as far as coming from the high school game, you had a few endurance problems last year?

James: I came in out of shape because I came in injured out of high school and I wasn't able to run that much when I first got here. So I was just lifting a lot and now my endurance has come along. The game moves a lot faster and you have to think more. In high school it's easy to break a run. Now you have to give 100 percent every play - it's just, that's the hardest adjustment.

Q: What have you changed?

James: Just working out a little bit more. I got a lot of body fat off, trying to make a lot more cuts - working on my hands and stuff.

Q: What's different about the offense that you like?

James: Just the whole concept - just guys, you have your receivers out there, they're going deep and they're running short routes and we're getting the ball thrown to us a lot more. The O-line is doing a lot better job with the concept and they give you more opportunity to make big runs.

Q: Do you like that aspect - getting the ball thrown to you more?

James: Definitely as a running back - I feel like all our running back corps has good hands and that's something coach (Patrick) Nix came in realizing - that all of us can catch the ball out of the backfield. That just brings another aspect to the offense.

Q: Has Nix talked to you about having both you and Craig in the backfield at the same time?

James: Right now, there's no depth chart - everyone's competing so we're really not talking about that.

Q: What are some of the specific things you did during the off-season to get in better shape?

James: That's my stuff. I don't give up my ideas.

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