LSU Gold
Strong Safety
Carencro, La.
High School
Carencro HS

Two-year starter at free safety for the Tigers … Played in 38 games with 17 starts … Dismissed from team seven games into the 2002 season … Finished career with nine interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.

Played in seven games with six starts … Missed all week of practice prior to Auburn game and was then dismissed from team … Had 31 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 32 yards for a TD against The Citadel.

The playmaker in LSU’s defensive backfield … Led the SEC with five interceptions for 80 yards … Had 49 tackles, four for losses and one sack during the regular season … Forced one fumble and had three PBU’s … Registered four tackles and one pass deflection vs. Illinois in the Sugar Bowl … Had three tackles and returned a fumble 10 yards vs. Tennessee in championship game … Versatile player who has rotated between safety and cornerback spots … Started final seven games of the season at left cornerback … Started vs. Florida and Kentucky as a nickel back … Had pair of interceptions in win over Kentucky and added one each vs. Florida and Miss. State.

Had an outstanding sophomore season as he developed into a key member in the Tiger secondary … LSU’s starting nickel back … Played in all 12 games with starts against Houston and Kentucky … Finished the year with 47 tackles (28 solo) and two interceptions … Also had four PBUs, forced one fumble and had one tackle for a loss … Had outstanding game vs. Houston as he picked off two passes in the final minutes of the game, the second of which he ran back 56 yards for the game-clinching touchdown in the Tigers 28-13 victory … For his efforts he was named LSU’s Defensive Player of the Week following the Houston game … Posted a career-high 13 tackles in the Tigers’ victory over Kentucky … Opened the season with a seven-tackle performance against Western Carolina (five solos) and followed that with eight tackles against Houston.

A key reserve in the secondary and on special teams … Gave the Tigers added depth at both safety positions …Played in eight games in 1999 for the Tigers … Made four tackles and one pass breakup on the year … Had a season-high in tackles against Arkansas with two … Did not play in three-game stretch vs. Auburn, Georgia and Florida due to injury … Redshirted as a true freshman in 1998.

Member of The Advocate Super Dozen, PrepStar Dream Team, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Dallas Morning News Top 100, Tiger Rag Dirty Dozen and Purple & Gold’s Great Eight … Rated the 13th best prospect in the nation by SuperPrep magazine and its No. 2 skilled athlete … As a senior he rushed 165 times for 1,612 yards and 17 TD’s; he passed for 618 yards and four TD’s… Class 5A All-State and 5A Offensive MVP … Led Carencro to the state semi-finals … As a junior he rushed for over 1,800 yards and passed for over 1,000 more, accounting for 32 total touchdowns … Coached in high school by Mac Barousse.

Born March 5, 1979 … Mother is Gloria … Majoring in general studies.

Damien James’ Career Statistics – Defense

Year Class G-GS UT AT TT TBL Sacks Int.
1999 Fr. 8-0 3 1 4 0 0 0
2000 So. 11-2 28 19 47 1-4 0 2-56
2001 Jr. 12-9 34 15 49 4-17 1-10 5-80
2002 Sr. 7-6 19 12 31 0-0 0-0 2-32
TOTALS 38-17 84 47 131 5-21 1-10 9-168
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