James Francis
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    James Francis

    Class:
    RS Senior

    Hometown:
    LaMarque, Texas

    High School:
    LaMarque

    Last College:
    Baylor

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 215

    Position:
    Outside Linebacker

    Birthdate:
    08/01/1986

    Experience:
    1L

    2007 Game-by-Game


    Sat out spring recovering from shoulder surgery... listed as a backup at outside linebacker as fall camp approaches... will be 100 percent in the fall... physical player who can run with backs and tight ends.

    2006: One of 36 players to play in all 14 games, setting the UH single-season record... key member of the special teams units... recorded two tackles during the home opener against Tulane... posted two solo tackles and forced a fumble at Southern Miss... 2005: Sat out the season as per NCAA transfer regulations.

    Prior to Houston: The son of former Baylor All-America linebacker James Francis (Class of 1990), the younger Francis was a standout linebacker at La Marque High School ... broke his leg in the seventh game of his senior season and was sidelined for the rest of the year, including his team's 43-35 triple overtime victory over Denton Ryan in the Class 4A Division II championship game... despite the injury, he earned first-team all-district honors after recording 70 tackles, one interception and five sacks in seven starts... also had four rushing touchdowns... as a junior, he recorded 109 tackles, 10 sacks, six forced fumbles, three pass breakups for a Cougar squad that was a playoff quarterfinalist and finished 11-3 overall... recorded four defensive touchdowns in junior season to earn second-team all-district honors... named to Texas Football's 2003 Top 300 preseason list... also lettered in track and power lifting ... coached by Bryan Erwin at the District 23-4A school.

    Personal: The son of James Francis and Lena Lee,... James Henry Francis Jr. was born Aug. 1, 1986, in Galveston, Texas... father, James, earned All-America honors as a BU senior linebacker in 1989, was a 1990 first-round choice of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and spent nine seasons there (1990-98) before ending his career with the Washington Redskins in 1999... uncle, Ron Francis, a two-time All-Southwest Conference cornerback and four-year letterwinner at Baylor (1982-86), was a second-round draft selection of the Dallas Cowboys in 1987 and went on to play four years (1987-90) with the organization... majoring in sociology.


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