Tulsa: A two-year letterwinner . . . transferred to Tulsa from Merrimack College in spring 2000 . . . has played in 18 career games and has started five career contests . . . has collected 56 tackles in his career . . . a two-time all-WAC Academic selection . . . 2002 –– Played in 11 games . . . was in the starting lineup against Baylor . . . missed the final game of the season with an injury . . . was credited with 34 tackles, including 22 solos . . . had a career-best and team-high 11 tackles against Baylor . . . tallied a team-best eight tackles and added one sack for –7 yards and one forced fumble vs. Boise State . . . also had six tackles against Louisiana Tech . . . earned all-WAC Academic honors . . . 2001 –– Saw action in seven games . . . collected 22 tackles including 19 solos . . . had a season-best nine tackles and one pass breakup against Oklahoma . . . also had six stops against Hawaii and five tackles vs. Rice . . . was an Academic all-WAC performer . . . 2000 –– Sat out the season after transferring . . . Overall –– Had a good spring . . . pushed for the starting spot at the rover position . . . plays well against the run . . . a very aggressive player and hard hitter . . . a hard worker and intelligent player . . . a good tackler . . . does not make mental mistakes . . . knows only one speed.
High School: Was a three-year letterwinner at Cascia High School . . . started his senior season at quarterback and cornerback . . . threw for 674 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for 727 yards and 10 TDs during as a senior . . . on defense, was credited with 63 tackles and four interceptions . . . earned first-team all-district and all-metro honors his senior season . . . was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Tulsa World . . . as a junior, played receiver and cornerback . . . had four receptions for 106 yards and tallied 58 tackles and seven interceptions his junior campaign . . . also lettered four years in soccer . . . high school football coach was Jim Frazier.
Personal: His favorite NFL team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . . . lists John Lynch as his favorite NFL player . . . his most memorable place he has visited is the Cayman Islands . . . his favorite non-football athlete is boxer Roy Jones Jr. . . . his sister, Sara, played collegiate softball at Ohio University . . . the three words he lists to describe himself are “tough, smart and silent” . . . named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of his three years . . . parents are Barry Kraus and Becky Riggs . . . majoring in marketing . . . born James Maxwell Kraus on April 17, 1981 in Kansas City, Kansas.
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