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.
At Michigan ... has appeared in 24 games at linebacker and on special teams, making 10 starts at linebacker.
Sophomore (2013)... has appeared in 11 games at linebacker, making eight starts ... has also contributed on special teams ... 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 ... 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 ... rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 3 recruit from Michigan and the No. 14 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 7 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com ... rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 8 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 4 prospect from Michigan by ESPN.com.
Personal ... James Ross was born on June 26, 1994 ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, major undeclared.