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#18 James Finley
Position: Receiver
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 206
Year: Junior
City/State: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Manuel Arts HS
Other College: Compton CC
Experience: Transfer
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PERSONAL — Born James Erick Finley on March 21, 1984 in Inglewood, Calif. Parents: James Sr. and Valerie Finley. Family: Two sisters. High School (Coach): Manual Arts (Glenn Bell) 2002. Junior College: Compton 2004. Major: Political Science.

JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL — Originally signing a letter of intent with Oregon in 2003, was ranked among the nation’s top 10 junior college wide receivers following the 2004 season by SuperPrep as well as 32nd in the country among JC prospects encompassing all positions. Yet College Football News tabbed him nationally as the sixth-best junior college receiver and 15th-best overall recruit. Ranked seventh in California in receptions per game as a sophomore (6.4 avg.) and 11th in yards per game (100.8 avg.), hauling in seven touchdowns to go along with his 64 catches and 1,008 receiving yards. Tarters finished third in the California Community College Football Conference in passing offense (333.4 avg.) and ninth in total offense (439.3 avg.) despite posting a 4-6 record in 2004. Ranked among the nation’s top 20 prep receivers following 2001 graduation from Manual Arts High School and the third-best player at his position on the West Coast by SuperPrep magazine. Completed his senior year with 83 receptions for more than 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns to become one of three wide receivers to be named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best-in-the-West contingent as well as the Tacoma News Tribune’s Western One-Hundred. His 131 receptions for 2,477 yards and 28 TDs during his final two prep campaigns did not include his six catches for 122 yards and two scores in the post-season California-Florida high school all-star game.

OREGON — Few receivers exhibit the toughness of team’s returning statistical leader, which has earned him respect from coaches and teammates alike. Utilizes excellent hands and is willing to go after the football over the middle and worry about the consequences later. Exudes an infectious enthusiasm on those around him and uses his size to his advantage by shielding defenders from the ball. Improved speed evidenced by shaving .06 off last year’s electronic 40 time (4.75) as Ducks’ third-fastest receiver. While primarily utilized as squad’s inside receiver a year ago, could increase his productivity by being able to play inside or outside. Could benefit from getting in and out of breaks a little quicker and needs to take advantage of every practice to reach his full potential. Caught three passes for 13 yards in last spring’s finale. Enhanced his position last season by arriving to school in time for the start of spring practice.

2005 — Didn’t take long to make his presence felt, setting a school record for most catches by an Oregon newcomer playing in his first game at Houston. The 10-game starter and Ducks’ second-leading receiver caught a season-high 10 passes for 95 yards against the Cougars but didn’t approach that output again until six games later, snagging seven receptions for 67 yards vs. Washington. Also accumulated 67 receiving yards at Washington State (6 catches) and against Oklahoma (9 catches) in the Holiday Bowl. Despite catching a pass for a two-point coversion at Arizona State, didn’t break into the end zone for a touchdown until the ninth game of the year vs. California. Yet he couldn’t have picked a better time to share his team’s offensive player-of-the-week acclaim as his 4-yard catch in overtime proved to be the game winner. Returned the following week to snag an 8-yard scoring toss in Pullman, Wash., with none of the squad’s other receivers more productive (24 catches, 221 yards) than the honorable mention all-conference pick over the course of its final four contests.
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