Penn State puts the nation's best record (9-0-1) on the line against Big Ten newcomer Rutgers at Jeffrey Field
BEFORE PENN STATE 2013 at Virginia (Sophomore): Made 17 appearances for the Cavaliers including two games in the NCAA Tournament against St. John's in the Round of 32 and Maryland in the NCAA Semifinals ... Made four starts, scoring three goals, tied for sixth on the team ... Scored the game-winning goal over St. John's in the regular season ... Tallied second goal of the year in a win over George Mason ... Notched the golden goal in a win over Boston College in the ACC regular-season finale.
2012 at Virginia (Freshman): Played in 18 games with 14 starts in the midfield ... Tallied a goal and two assists in 1,108 minutes of playing time ... Notched first collegiate goal against Xavier ... Assisted on a pair of goals against Drexel and Wake Forest.
Scored 78 goals and tallied 168 assists at American Heritage's Boca Delray campus ... Named a two-time ESPNRise All-American First Team in 2011 and 2012 ... Named Florida's 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year ... Led nation in assists during high school career in 2009 (44), 2011 (36) and 2012 (55) ... Led American Heritage to 2009 and 2011 FHSAA State Championships ... Named Palm Beach Player of the Year three times (2010-12) ... Named Sun-Sentinel Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012 ... Led the team as captain in 2011 and 2012 ... Earned a call into U.S. U-18 National Team camp in 2010 ... Played club soccer for Weston Academy FC (2010-12) ... Selected to USSF Academy Starting XI South Conference three times.
Brian Patrick James was born October 25, 1993 in Boca Raton, Fla. to Alvin and Karen James ... Has a sister, named Kassidy ... Father, Alvin, played pro soccer for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (1989-94) of the American Soccer League and American Professional Soccer League ... Alvin played college soccer at UNC Greensboro (1985-86) FIU (1987-88). At UNCG, the Spartans won two NCAA Division III titles.
QUOTING JAMES ON PENN STATE
"Being a college athlete, I felt attending Penn State University would be a good balance between academics and athletics. I was also impressed with the diversity of the University."
QUOTING WARMING ON JAMES
"Brian was one of my favorite players to watch coming out of high school his senior year as an attacking midfielder. His passing range and vision will be counted on to help us get goals with the front five players."