Wednesday, December 30, 2009
James likely won't play Valero Alamo Bowl
By ESPN.com staff
Texas Tech wide receiver Adam James likely will not see action Saturday in Texas Tech’s game against Michigan State in the Valero Alamo Bowl, interim Tech coach Ruffin McNeill said.
The treatment of James’ concussion was the trigger point that helped lead to the firing of Tech coach Mike Leach after a 10-season coaching tenure.
“Right now he is still under physical rehabilitation and won’t be able to dress for the game,” McNeill said. “He’s conditioning and walking with the other players who are injured. Right now, he hasn’t taken any reps so he won’t be available for the game.”
James is listed as Tech’s second-team receiver at the H position on their bowl depth chart behind starter Tremain Swindall. James, a 6-foot-3, 216-pound sophomore from Celina, Texas, started the season opener against North Dakota and saw action in all 12 games for the Red Raiders. He ranked 10th on the team in receptions with 17 grabs for 154 yards and a touchdown.
McNeill said he briefly spoken to James, along with other members of the team as part of his typical coaching routine.
“There’s been nothing that's personally been said to Adam from me, other than to just hang in there and for the team to stay focused,” McNeill said. “I didn’t think there was a need for me to speak to him. I felt like the focus should be on the entire team. I’ve always been that way.”