Auburn DE Paul James III looking to step up

The Auburn Tigers have a great defensive end in Carl Lawson and if he can stay healthy, he will be a big reason for their success this year. However, it certainly seems like they have another special player in Paul James III.

James III transferred into Auburn this summer from Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Co-Lin), joining quarterback John Franklin III as signees from Mississippi junior colleges. Otis Yelverton, the defensive line coach at Copiah-Lincoln, talked about how James was different from other Division I players that have played for them in the past.

“Normally, when you get guys that transfer from Division I schools to JUCOs, they come in with a sense of arrogance or thinking they’re better than the kids that are there,” Yelverton said. “Paul didn’t do that. Paul came in, fit right in with the guys and I think a lot of the younger guys had a chance to see what it’s like to actually play with a guy that’s played Division I and understands the work ethic it takes to play at that level.”

During the 2015 season, Paul James III was the most valuable defensive lineman in the MACJC, recording 47 tackles and 15 sacks, which was fifth in the NJCAA. He is certainly set to make a big impact for the Tigers going into the 2016 season.

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