KR Brandon James ruled out for Sugar Bowl

By Adam Silverstein
December 21, 2009

Suffering a stress fracture in his right foot in the first half of the 2009 SEC Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida Gators senior kick returner Brandon James did not return to the field after halftime. On Monday, head coach Urban Meyer said James had surgery on his foot and will miss the 2010 Sugar Bowl, effectively ending his Gators career. Running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey, and possibly even cornerback Joe Haden, will take over the return duties in James’ stead.

One of the most decorated players in school history, James holds Florida records for total kickoff returns (career, season), kickoff return yardage (career, season), kickoff average yards per return (career, season), punt returns (career), punt return yardage (career, season, game), punt return touchdowns (career, season) and total kick return touchdowns (career, season). He also holds the top three spots in season kickoff return yardage, has the longest punt return in school history (83 yards) and is No. 2 all-time for the Gators in total yards gained (rushing, receiving, returning). In addition to his UF accolades, James holds all-time SEC records in total kick return yardage (combined kickoff and punt returns) and kickoff return yardage.

6 Comments

  1. gator347 says:

    This Stinks

  2. Aligator says:

    not really, if you think he was fast, wait until you see one of these guys get going in open space, oh wait, we have and when they have a running start, it is crazy!!

  3. gator347 says:

    Great News:

    Rainey is staying for next year!!!

  4. O-town Gator says:

    Every problem has a solution, and it looks as though Rainey, Demps and Haden will be stepping in.

  5. Brittany says:

    This is a sad end for his career as a Gator.

  6. Drew 4 Orange and Blue says:

    It is a tough way to see the best returner in Gator history end his career…..thanks to B James for all the good memories…..it is hard to understand why his senior year was such a struggle but I am sure much of that was teams refusing to kick the ball to him…he will be missed…go get them on Sundays!!!!

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