James Starks (born February 25, 1986) is a running back for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the sixth round with the 193rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Buffalo.
Starks enjoyed a standout career at Buffalo. He set a career rushing record with 3,140 yards, and scored 40 total touchdowns. He registered back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons as a junior and sophomore. He was one of the elite backs in the MAC and the nation and became the first 1,000-yard rusher in the Bulls’ Division I-A era. He also became the first UB freshman to earn All-MAC honors in 2006. He was named to the All-Mac Second Team as a freshman and sophomore, and was named to the All-Mac First Team as a junior.
Starks did not play in his senior season due to a shoulder injury, hampering his standing for the NFL Draft.
Starks was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round, 193rd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Due to the persisting shoulder injury suffered at Buffalo before, he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list with hopes he would return during the season.
He was activated off the PUP list on November 10, 2010, and made his NFL debut on December 5, 2010 against the San Francisco 49ers, where he had 18 carries for 73 yards. The performance was the highest total in rushing yards for a Packer in his debut game.
A month later in the NFC Wildcard game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Starks set a Packers postseason record for being the first rookie to rush for 100 yards (123 yards on 23 carries) and leading the Packers to beat the Eagles 21-16.