Jaylin James, UNI senior wide receiver | 2019 UNI Football

Jaylin James, UNI senior wide receiver | 2019 UNI Football


Jaylin James was a star
at Des Moines East High School finding success on
the football field and in the classroom. He ranked first in his
class with a perfect 4. 0 GPA and also lettered
in track and field and baseball. He was able to make a
smooth transition to College as he has been
in the Panther starting lineup the past 4 years
and he is considered one of the best wide receivers
in FCS football. Brad Wells has the story. BRAD: Over the past 4
years, wide receiver Jaylin James has made
his presence felt. As a freshman he started 6
games, and even scored his first career touchdown
against 4th ranked North Dakota State. Now that he’s heading into
his senior season, this 6 foot, 4 inch target is
planning one huge farewell tour as a UNI Panther. BRILEY: He might be one fo
the guys who put in the most work this summer. I’m excited for what his
future holds because I’ve seen first hand how muhc
he cares about football. How much he cares about
this team, cares about UNI and how much owrk he’s put
in to have this moment. So there’s few people that
work the way he does so I’m excited and hope
nothing but the best for him. BRAD: The work that Jaylin
put in since last season goes much farther than
spring drills and team activities. Jaylin was searching for
every advantage that would help him on game days. JAYLIN: First step i took
was this spring I went down to texas and trained
with David Robinson. He trains guys like
Antonio Brown, Des Bryant, a bunch of big name guys. I owrked out with him for
a week and just took in everything he was teaching
me and basically what I’ve done is, I’ve taken what
he taught me and applied it every workout I do So
whether it’s lifting and running or me working on
my routes, I’m taking what he taught me
and applying it. I think it’s really helped
me further my game as far as on the field. Obviously lifting is
important but in order to be good at football
you have to be good at football. I think learning fromhim
and guys in the NFL already, I took that
next step forward. BRAD: One of the guys in
the NFL Jaylin has learned from is former UNI
Panther, now Indianapolis Colt, Daurice Fountain. James and Fountain were
wide receives together for three years at UNI. Jaylin’s summer experience
exposed him to an even larger roster
of NFL talent. He’s hoping to soon join
the league and former teammate in catching
passes on Sundays. JAYLIN: When I was down
there I saw Des Bryant, Taylor Gabriel,
Cory Coleman. Actually probably the best
part about it was I ran routes for
Patrick Mahomes. That was probably the
highlight of the whole time. i just goes to show that
I’m so close, yet so far away. When I was there I
realized I’m just one of these guys. I just need to continue
getting better and better each day. BRAD: Before the season
opened Jaylin was named one of four captains for
this years UNI football team. It’s a testament to
the leadership he’s demonstrated over the last
two seasons, but also to the preparation he puts
into getting better every practice, every film
session, and every year. RYAN: He represents a lot
of what UNI is about where yo ucomein you work hard
and keep yourhead down and you get better. Just seeing him 4 years
ago from where he is now he’s a completely
different football player. He’s a big physical
presence out there. He’s running better than
he’s ever ran, he’s catching the football as
well as ever and you can tell he has a lot of
confidence in his ability and we’re really excited
to see Jaylin go out and play his best football
he’s played for the purple and gold. Jaylin and the rest of the
Panthers are home this Saturday September 21st
against Idaho State at 4pm inside the UNI- -Dome. It will be a special hall
of fame weekend on the UNI campus. Still to come on this
edition of Panther Sports Talk. We hit the golf course
with the men’s golf program, feature an
all-conference performer for the volleyball team,
and more with Bobbi Petersen. This is Panther
Sports Talk!

About the Author: Garret Beatty

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *