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Tony Brooks-James | Running Back

Team: Oregon Ducks
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 190

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Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James (knee) will not play in Monday's Redbox Bowl.
Brooks-James (5'9/190) sustained a left knee injury in Oregon's win over Oregon State to end the regular season. While he's started running and cutting once more, we won't see him out there against Sparty on New Year's Eve. His 2018 season ends with 306 rushing yards and four touchdowns across 11 games played. Sat, Dec 29, 2018 10:44:00 PM

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Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James (knee) left Friday's game against Oregon State in the third quarter with an apparent left knee injury.

After suffering the injury Brooks-James was taken to the locker room, eventually rejoining his teammates on the sideline on crutches with his left knee in a heavy brace. The senior running back suffered the injury on special teams, and he's one of two Oregon running backs to get injured during Friday's game. C.J. Verdell left briefly with a right foot injury but was able to return to action.
Fri, Nov 23, 2018 07:27:00 PM

Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James (ankle) is expected to join the offense again soon.

Brooks-James (5'9/190) hasn't played on offense since he picked up an ankle injury against Stanford, but he did return kicks against Washington, and looked healthy doing it. This appears to be CJ Verdell's backfield with Travis Dye as the backup, but the speedy tailback should be a nice change-of-pace weapon for the last playoff contender in the Pac-12.
Fri, Oct 19, 2018 07:32:00 PM

Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James (undisclosed) is in uniform for Saturday's game against Washington.

Brooks-James being in uniform isn't much of a surprise since HC Mario Cristobal said earlier in the week that he expected the senior to be available. The senior RB's presence means that Oregon will have its top three rushers available Saturday's Pac-12 North showdown, with CJ Verdell and Travis Dye being the yardage leaders.
Sat, Oct 13, 2018 03:16:00 PM

Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James (ankle) is in full uniform ahead of Saturday's game at California.

On Wednesday, Oregon HC Mario Cristobal said that it was essentially a coin flip as to whether or not Brooks-James would be able to play. With that being the case, the senior RB being in uniform may not guarantee that he will be used in the Ducks' first Pac-12 road game of the season. C.J. Verdell, who's rushed for 314 yards and two touchdowns so far this season, has been Oregon's most-used option and running back and that will likely remain the case at Cal.
Sat, Sep 29, 2018 10:02:00 PM

Oregon HC Mario Cristobal said that senior RB Tony Brooks-James (ankle) is a coin flip to play in Saturday's game against Cal.

Brooks-James (5'9/180) has been practicing early in the week, but during Tuesday's session, 247Sports relayed that he was noticeably nagged by the ankle. His absence on Saturday would certainly be felt, but while the senior is listed as ostensible starter on this week's depth chart, C.J. Verdell has emerged as the team's true lead back. He's received 17 more carries than Brooks-James through four games, taking double-digit totes of the rock in each of those contests.
Wed, Sep 26, 2018 03:31:00 PM

While Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James practiced on Tuesday, 247Sports passes along that he was "continually bothered by [an] ankle injury."

Brooks-James (5'9/180) injured his ankle during this past Saturday's wild loss to Stanford. That he was able to practice is a good sign for the Ducks' showdown with Cal later this week. C.J. Verdell has taken the reigns on the starting job, here, having received double-digit carries in all four of Oregon's games to date, with Brooks-James serving as a more-than-competent complementary back. The senior has rushed for an even 200 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Source: 247Sports
Wed, Sep 26, 2018 11:58:00 AM

Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James ran for 107 yards with two touchdowns on 21 carries in Saturday's 62-14 win over Portland State.

Brooks-James (5'9/180) was the feature back in today's blowout after finishing with just five carries last week. His increase in total carries, his work on the goal line (he scored twice from one-yard out), and the Ducks offense in general with Justin Herbert is a good sign for Brooks-James' future production. The one thing to monitor for Brooks-James is freshman RB C.J. Verdell, who averaged 9.6 yards per carry today on his 11 carries. The Ducks get San Jose State next Saturday.
Sat, Sep 8, 2018 05:21:00 PM

Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James received just five carries in the season opener against Bowling Green.

Brooks-James (5'9/180) was fifth in carries for the ducks. The senior running back was expected to be more involved than that after rushing for nearly 500 yards behind current Denver Bronco Royce Freeman. To be fair to Brooks-James, the Ducks were up big over Bowling Green by halftime, but it still a little concerning that Oregon opted for such a committee approach. Freshman C.J. Verdell led the Ducks in carries with 13. The Ducks play Portland State next week.
Sun, Sep 2, 2018 01:40:00 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff lists Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James as the most underrated player on Oregon's roster.

As Aschoff notes, Brooks-James took a backseat in 2017 to Royce Freeman, but in the disaster that was 2016 for the Ducks, Brooks-James was the rare positive; winning the team MVP award. "Health has always been an issue with him," Aschoff writes, "but the 185-pound Brooks-James rushed for nearly 500 yards last year and will be the head of the Ducks' running back committee this fall." If Brooks-James can stay healthy, it could be a massive season for the diminutive tailback.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Jul 1, 2018 11:43:00 AM

Oregon senior RB Tony Brooks-James was clocked running 22 miles per hour during a game.

Brooks-James is considered the second-fastest player in college football and for good reason. His pace of 22 MPH would have been tied with Leonard Fournette for the fastest recorded speed as a ball-carrier in the NFL last season. Despite his insane speed, Brooks-James isn't utilized all too often and recorded only 86 carries for 485 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. With Royce Freeman out of the picture, Brooks-James has an opportunity to receive a significant uptick in touches this season.
Fri, Jun 15, 2018 12:31:00 PM

247Sports' Kevin Wade passes along that Oregon ran the Pistol offense on 70% of their first-half spring game snaps.

In the Pistol, the running back lines up directly behind the quarterback in shotgun, rather than lining up on either side of him as we traditionally see in most spread attacks. That Oregon will be implementing that offense to apparently serious degree shouldn't come as a huge surprise, as Jim Mastro -- their new running backs coach -- orchestrated heavy use of the system while at Nevada in the 2000's. Mastro talked up the advantage of the Pistol earlier this spring, saying, "Your backfield set doesn’t tip anything anymore. What it does is in my opinion, is make defenses show their hand a little bit."
Source: 247Sports
Tue, May 15, 2018 04:34:00 PM

Oregon junior RB Tony Brooks-James (leg) has not shown any lingering effects from his injury in practice ahead of the Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

Brooks-James had to be helped off the field against Oregon State, but apparently looks healthy in practices ahead of the game. He'll likely serve as Royce Freeman's backup for the contest against Boise State, but in the run-heavy offense he should get plenty of touches out of the backfield. He's certainly a name to keep an eye on for the 2019 season.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 06:44:00 PM

Oregon junior RB Tony Brooks-James was helped off the field with an apparent leg injury on Saturday against Oregon State.

His status to return to the game is questionable. Brooks-James is the main backup to Royce Freeman, but we'll see plenty of Jaylon Redd and Kani Benoit as the Ducks finish up this rout of Oregon State.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 08:29:00 PM

Oregon junior RB Tony Brooks-James ran for 124 yards on 19 carries in a 48-28 victory over Arizona on Saturday.

With Kani Benoit (ankle) out, Brooks-James (5'9/180) was the primary backup for Royce Freeman, and he had his biggest game of the season. The shifty tailback gave the Arizona defense fits, and helped set up all four of Freeman's rushing touchdowns. Brook-James could be a breakout star in 2018 if given the opportunity.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 12:06:00 PM