PERSONAL—Born 12/21/79...he is the son of Helen Brooks...has an older sister, Casey, 29, and an older brother, Steven...he is in the College of Liberal Arts and is a liberal studies major...Jerry Rice is his favorite athlete...selected OSU because, “OSU is a nice quiet place and in a city that is just right to play football.”
OSU—(2003—Senior)—James has been selected as a third team preseason All-American by Athlon Sports, and a first team All-Pacific-10 pick by the same publication...James earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2002 and was a Fred Biletnikoff Award candidate...he was one of four OSU team captains in 2002...he has caught passes in 25 straight games...he has played in 30 games and started 24 straight...James holds the OSU single-season record for receiving yards (1,284) and touchdowns caught (12)...he ranks fifth in career receptions with 132 and already holds the OSU record for career receiving yards with 2,266...he is third in career touchdown passes caught with 17...he had six games in 2002 of over 100 yards in receiving yardage, including four of the last five games...he has had nine 100-yard games in his career...he tied the OSU record with 11 passes caught in a game vs. Oregon in 2002...James needs 22 more receptions to pass Phil Ross (153) as the all-time career leader in pass receptions...he needs three more TD receptions to pass Vern Burke (19) for the all-time career leader in touchdown receptions at OSU...James ranks 16th at OSU in career all-purpose yards with 2,348...he ranks 23rd in career scoring with 102 points...James is a tireless worker and is always in tremendous shape...his work ethic is second to none...he has posted weightlifting bests of 420 in the back squat, 330 in the bench press, 259 in the power clean and 209 in the push press...he has a vertical jump best of 34 inches and a 4.51 time in the 40.
(2002—Junior)—James had a sensational regular season and was rewarded by being selected honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference...he also served as one of OSU’s four team captains...he was a preseason Fred Biletnikoff Award candidate, which is given annually to the nation’s top receiver...by virtue of catching 11 passes for 168 yards vs. Oregon, James eclipsed the OSU season record for pass receiving yardage...James caught 10 passes in the Insight Bowl vs. Pittsburgh for 165 yards and a touchdown...as a result, James wound up with 74 receptions for a school-record 1,284 yards and season-record 12 touchdowns...he passed Vern Burke for the record...Burke had 1,007 yards in 1962...James finished second on OSU’s single-season receiving list with 74 catches, four behind Dave Montagne...he got his 2002 season off to a flying start by scoring OSU’s first touchdown of the season, a 43-yard pass from Derek Anderson.(Eastern Kentucky)—James caught three passes for 73 yards (24.3 average) and one touchdown in the season opener, including the first touchdown of the year for the Beavers. (Temple)—James caught a career-high nine passes vs. Temple for 77 yards and two touchdowns...he was bothered by leg cramps in the second half and saw limited action...he caught only two passes in the second half. (UNLV)—James caught seven passes for 167 yards vs. UNLV, including a 28-yard TD pass...he also had catches of 38, 32 and 31 yards...the 167 reception yards ranks as the fifth-highest single-game total in school history. (Fresno State)—James caught three passes for 47 yards and one touchdown, a 12-yarder from Derek Anderson...he had a long reception of 21 yards. (USC)—James caught three passes for 15 yards vs. the Trojans. (UCLA)—James caught nine passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns vs. UCLA to match his career high for receptions and fourth-highest yardage output. (ASU)—James caught four passes for 97 yards (24.3 average) vs. the Sun Devils. (California)—James was able to catch only one pass for 9 yards against California as the Bears applied double and triple team coverage virtually the entire game on Newson...he returned one punt for 15 yards. (Arizona)—James had a banner day against Arizona, catching six passes for 121 yards, including a career-long 86-yard TD pass from Derek Anderson...the pass was the fifth-longest pass play in OSU history and fourth-longest TD pass...James also returned five punts for 31 yards, giving him 152 all-purpose yards. (Washington)—James caught five passes for 138 yards, including a 60-yard TD pass and a 41-yarder...the 138 yards ranks as the 19th best single-game yardage game in OSU history. (Stanford)—James caught three passes for 87 yards (29.0 average), including a 46-yard TD pass to put OSU ahead to stay. (Oregon)—James had a sensational game against Oregon with a career-high 11 receptions (tied for second on single-game list) and 168 yards and a 40-yard touchdown...the 168 yards receiving is the fourth-best single-game mark in OSU history. (Season)—James was fifth in the Pac-10 and 26th nationally with 5.69 receptions per game (74 total)...he was fourth in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally in receiving yards per game with an average of 98.77 yards per game...he ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (104.46 average) and tied for 12th in scoring (5.54 per game)...he caught at least one TD pass in 10 games, including five straight to end the season.
(2001—Sophomore)—At the end of the 2001 season, James was one of the best receivers in the Pac-10 Conference...as it was, he was named honorable mention All-Pacific-10...he caught 57 passes for 968 yards (17.0 average) and five touchdowns to lead the Beavers in all three departments...he was the third-leading receiver in the Pac-10 and had the fourth highest yardage total...he was tied for 47th nationally for receptions and he ranked 23rd nationally in receiving yardage...his 57 receptions ranks eighth on OSU’s single-season receiving list and his 968 yards ranks second on the Beavers’ single-season list...he finished the season with 976 all-purpose yards, an average of 88.7 yards per game, which ranked 14th in the Pac-10...he had three-100-yard receiving games during the season...he had 112 yards at ASU, 166 against California and a career-high 190 vs. Northern Arizona...the 190 yards ranked as the third best one-game mark in OSU history and the 166 yards ranked fourth...James was OSU’s go to receiver the entire season...he opened the season with six catches for 72 yards (12.0 average) and a long of 34 yards at Fresno State...he followed with four catches for 63 yards (23 long) at New Mexico State...caught five passes for 35 yards, plus he ran the ball once for 8 yards on a reverse, against UCLA...caught four passes for 61 yards (long of 40) at Washington State...caught four passes for 55 yards (long 26) and his first career touchdown reception vs. Arizona...caught season and career high eight passes for 112 yards (long of 41) and a touchdown at ASU...came back to match career high in receptions with eight vs. California...he had a career-high 166 yards (long of 58) and one touchdown...it was the third straight game in which James had caught a TD pass...caught six passes for 94 yards (long of 33) at USC...caught two passes for 35 yards (long of 23) vs. Washington...caught seven passes and a career high 190 yards (27.1 average) and two touchdowns against Northern Arizona...his 43-yard TD pass from Jonathan Smith was the pass that gave the OSU quarterback the Beaver record for career touchdown passes with 53...he caught three passes at Oregon for 85 yards (28.3 average) and a long reception of 47 yards...James entered his sophomore season having played in six collegiate games with one pass reception…James entered spring drills listed No. 2 at slot receiver and he quickly was elevated to No. 1…he was OSU’s top receiver during spring drills…he finished the spring 100 percent healthy and ready to live up to his potential…in OSU’s first spring scrimmage, James caught three passes for 8 yards…he caught one for 18 yards in the second scrimmage and he had an outstanding game in the final Spring Game…he caught four passes for 78 yards for the winning Black squad, including a 39-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left in the first half…James posted weightlifting bests of 265 in the bench press, 220 in the power clean and 300 in the squat during winter conditioning.
(2000—Redshirt Freshman)—James participated in the final six games of the 2000 season, primarily on special teams…he had a few plays as a wide receiver…he caught his first collegiate pass (14 yards) in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame…James was under team suspension in the first three games of the season for disciplinary reasons…James spent the 1999 season rehabilitating his broken left leg...he was able to resume running during OSU’s Oahu Bowl workouts...he was able to resume full workouts during winter conditioning and reported to spring drills as the No. 2 slot receiver...James had an encouraging spring practice and reported to fall camp as the No. 2 slot receiver behind Robert Prescott...in the four OSU scrimmages, James caught three passes for 15 yards in the first scrimmage...in the second scrimmage, James caught five passes for 63 yards...he caught three passes for 14 yards in the third scrimmage...in the Spring Game, James played for the Black squad and he did not catch a pass...in the spring scrimmage, he caught 11 passes for 92 yards...James recorded a 300-pound bench press mark in winter conditioning but was unable to perform the other lifts due to his leg injury.
(1999—Freshman)—James enrolled at OSU at the start of spring quarter and was able to participate in spring drills, with the opportunity to take five years to play four...as it turned out, James would need the redshirt year as he suffered a season-ending broken leg (left) in an automobile accident the weekend before OSU opened fall camp...the injury required a steel rod to be placed in his leg...displayed the ability to make sensational catches during spring drills, but he was not as consistent as he needed to be...in the Beavers’ three major spring scrimmages, James caught two passes for 40 yards, including a touchdown and a 31-yard gain, at Roseburg on April 17...was blanked in April 24 scrimmage at Prothro Field...completed spring drills with a bang in the final spring game at Hillsboro on May 1, catching five passes for 83 yards, including a 24-yard scoring strike from Jonathan Smith, while playing on the Black squad...by enrolling at the start of spring quarter, James was only able to be tested on the bench press and lifted 271 pounds...his vertical jump best was 29.00 inches and he tested for only 8.04 percent body fat...James reported to fall camp listed No. 2 on the depth chart at flanker behind T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
(1998—Freshman)—James signed a letter of intent with OSU in February but did not enroll in school until the start of spring quarter in 1999.
EDISON HIGH SCHOOL, Stockton, CA—(1995-97)—James played for Edison High School Vikings and he ran the 40 in 4.41, which was the fastest time ran at the high school combine in San Jose, CA, in the summer of 1997...played for Coach Frank Carido...as a senior, he was a first-team all-league (San Joaquin Athletics Association)...James was the MVP of the SJAA league and a first-team San Joaquin all-area selection...also named the MVP of the Stockton Hall of Fame Lineman award...he was a two-year basketball starter and was all-area and all-league as a junior...James was named a first-team All-American Grid-Hoop player by Student Sports Magazine as a combination football-basketball player...earned three letters in football and was a two-year starting wide receiver...caught 10 passes for 200 yards (20.0 avg.) and one touchdown as a sophomore...caught 35 passes for 538 yards (15.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns with a long of 80 yards his junior year...as a senior, he caught 52 passes for 952 yards (18.3 average) and 12 touchdowns and a long of 79 yards on a team that had its first winning season since 1983...Edison was 6-4 during the 1997 season...scored a total of 96 points as a senior...played cornerback on defense and returned one of his five interceptions for a touchdown and also returned a fumble for a touchdown...coach Carido said, “I have coached 27 years and I would rank him as one of the top five athletes that I have ever coached, and that includes five players who have played in the NFL--Vince Ferragamo, Freeman McNeil, Frank Manumaleuna, Eric Williams and Danny Reece. James is definitely a big time player who will be an impact player.”
James Newson's Career Statistics Year GP Rec. Yds TD Long 2002 13 74 1,284 12 86 2001 11 57 968 5 58 2000 6 1 14 0 14 1999 Redshirt Total 30 132 2,266 17 158