Connor James
    Connor James


    Mattoon, Ill.

    High School:

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 221





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    Groome to serve as president for the upcoming semester


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    Six Salukis earn academic All-Conference honors

    James, McElroy, Pickard all earn first-team honors

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    2011 (Senior): First-team Academic All-Conference selection...Graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2010 with a degree in exercise science...Started all 11 games, ending his career with 22 consecutive starts...Recorded season-best seven tackles and career-best 2.5 tackles for loss in season finale against Indiana State...Recovered a fumble against Youngstown State...Earned the MVFC's Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA in the previous two semesters...Team captain.

    2010 (Junior): Earned the President's Academic Award from the MVFC, which requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and the student-athlete must be within 18 hours of graduation..Started in all 11 games at outside linebacker...Had 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and a half sack...Recorded three quarterback hurries, broke up one pass and forced and recovered one fumble...Intercepted one pass in the Indiana State game and returned it 40 yards, which was the longest interception return on the season for SIU...Had a season-high five tackles in four games... Forced a fumble in the Quincy game...Recovered a mishandled punt at Illinois, Sept. 11...Named SIU's Special Teams Player of the Game for the Western Illinois and Indiana State games...

    2009 (Sophomore): Received the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 grade point average...Played in all 13 games and started the Southwest Baptist game...Special teams standout and key contributor on defense...Had 42 tackles on the year - the most of any non-starter...Had one sack, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries...Forced one fumble on a punt return against Missouri State...Had a career-high nine tackles against Southwest Baptist...Had seven stops and one pass breakup at No. 9 South Dakota State.

    2008 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 12 games with one start and recorded 24 tackles... Earned the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 grade point average...Had a career-high five stops at Illinois State.

    2007 (Freshman): Redshirted....Named to the conference's academic honor roll...Won the team's "Defensive Work" Award.

    High School: Started 29 consecutive games...Led the team in tackles as a junior (97) and senior (118)...Finished prep career with a total of 302 tackles...Two-time first team all-Big 12 Conference linebacker (2005, 2006)...First team Decatur Herald All-Area (2006)...Also a member of the track and field team...Earned the Craig Milam Award, which goes to two-sport athletes with grade point averages of 4.0 or higher.

    Personal: Born June 18, 1988...Son of Lorri James...His brother, Cameron, is a sophomore middle linebacker at SIU...Also has an older brother, Ryan...Exercise science major.

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