Conference USA took notice of one of most impressive stat lines in college football history.
Riverview High graduate and Middle Tennessee State redshirt sophomore Richie James took snaps at wide receiver and quarterback this past Saturday in a 77-56 win over visiting Florida Atlantic, accounting for a career-best 207 rushing yards, 120 yards and a touchdown on four receptions, and 76 yards on 5-of-6 passing. With the performance, James broke his own program record for receiving yards in a season and became just the sixth player in NCAA FBS history to have at least 200 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in a single game.
James was lauded by Conference USA on Monday as the league’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week, sharing the honors with Aaron Jones of UTEP.
“Coach just said play your game, be smart and don’t do any harm to the team, just make plays,” said James, who, along with fellow wide receiver Dennis Andrews, shared quarterbacking duties after redshirt freshman quarterback John Urzua was hurt in the first quarter against the Owls.
James finished the regular season with 1,463 receiving yards for the Blue Raiders (8-4, 5-3 in Conference USA). He set the program’s previous single-season record for receiving yards with 1,346 last year.