By BEN JOHNSON
The Northeastern State coaching staff has had high hopes for Ethan James since he walked on campus. He played sparingly as a freshman, filling in whenever as a reserve behind five senior starters on the offensive line. In 2012, he played right tackle and combined with Michael Bowie to be one of the best one-two punches at tackle in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. When NSU begins the 2013 season at Pittsburg State in September, James will be at left tackle, where he'll play for two years.
What's something that you learned from Michael Bowie?
He helped me with my pass set. He just taught me a little different technique. It fit me better since we're about the same size and our strides are about the same.
What was that year at right tackle like for you?
It was fun. It wasn't like the left, but I adapted to it and it was OK. It wasn't bad at all. I liked it.
What is the potential of the offense this year?
Man, it's unlimited. We can do whatever we want to do. If we just sit down and do it. Just have to buckle down and do it.
What's something outside of football that people might not know about Ethan James?
I rodeo a lot. I rope a lot. Do a lot of team roping in the summers.
Does the team roping help you at all, when it comes to football?
Yeah, somewhat. Some balance and stuff like that. Being out in the heat, that helps a lot, too.
Is roping something you've done your whole life?
No, I started when I was about a senior in high school. I just really caught on to it, and I was alright at it. It just went on from there.
Is that something that you hope to do when you're older?
I'd like to do that professionally when I get out of school. Once I get done playing ball.