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With less than a week to go before the season opener against Appalachian State, Countdown to Kickoff catches up with linebacker James Ross III, who was the team's second-leading tackler in 2013.
Countdown to Kickoff interviews linebacker James Ross III, who talks about the transition from freshman year to sophomore, understanding the defensive scheme, Saturday's scrimmage under the lights, and the new crop of rookies.
Tackles: 13 - Northwestern, 2013
TFLs: 1.0 - 9x (last: Ohio State, 2014)
Sacks: 1.0 - Northwestern, 2013
FR: 1 - Minnesota, 2013
FF: 1 - Penn State, 2013
At Michigan ... three-year letterman ... has appeared in 37 games, making 18 starts at linebacker.
Junior (2014) ... earned third varsity letter ... appeared in 12 games, making seven starts ... recorded 32 tackles, 19 solos and three TFLs ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 29) ... posted four tackles, including one TFL ... NORTHWESTERN (Nov. 8) ... tallied five tackles ... INDIANA (Nov. 1) ... recorded four tackles ... MICHIGAN STATE (Oct. 25) ... posted five tackles ... PENN STATE (Oct. 11) ... recorded one TFL ... UTAH (Sept. 20) ... posted one TFL ... APPALACHIAN STATE (Aug. 30) ... tied for team lead with six tackles.
Sophomore (2013) ... earned second varsity letter ... appeared in 12 games at linebacker, making nine starts ... also contributed on special teams ... recorded 85 tackles, including 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... KANSAS STATE (Dec. 28) ... tallied four tackles, including 0.5 for a loss, and one forced fumble ... NORTHWESTERN (Nov. 16) ... made a career-high 13 tackles, including nine solo stops to go along with one TFL, the first full sack of his career ... NEBRASKA (Nov. 9) ... tallied eight tackles and one TFL ... INDIANA (Oct. 19) ... recorded eight stops ... PENN STATE (Oct. 12) ... registered a team-high 10 tackles, including one for-a-loss, and forced a fumble ... MINNESOTA (Oct. 5) ... tallied nine tackles and a fumble recovery ... AKRON (Sept. 14) ... made ten tackles, including one for a loss and recorded a pass breakup ... NOTRE DAME (Sept. 7) ... recorded six tackles and first career pass breakup.
Freshman (2012) ... ESPN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team ... BTN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team ... earned first varsity letter ... appeared in 13 games at linebacker, making two starts ... has appeared in 13 games a special teams contributor ... IOWA (Nov. 17) ... started at linebacker ... led team with career-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops ... ILLINOIS (Oct. 13) ... recorded three tackles, including 1.0 TFL ... MASSACHUSETTS (Sept. 15) ... made first career start at linebacker ... posted three tackles and one tackle for loss ... AIR FORCE (Sept. 8) ... recorded four tackles ... ALABAMA (Sept. 1) ... made career debut as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor; tallied two tackles and 0.5 TFLs ... earned Meyer Morton spring award for player who showed the greatest development.
Prep ... attended Saint Mary's Preparatory School (2012) coached by George Porritt ... helped his team win the Michigan Division III state title as a senior ... Key Statistics ... amassed 151 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one touchdown reception as a senior ... recorded 103 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and an interception as a sophomore ... Honors and Rankings ... named to the U.S. Army All-American game as a senior ... named to RivalsHigh 2011 All-American team ... named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... named to the 2011 Detroit Free Press Dream Team.
Personal ... James Ross was born on June 26, 1994 ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in Afro-american and African studies.
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