Pro Highlights

  • Played in all 16 games for the second straight season in 2015 and recorded career highs in starts (four), rushing yards (601), receptions (43), receiving yards (392), receiving TDs (three) and yards from scrimmage (993).
  • Was tied for No. 1 in the NFL among RBs with four catches of 25-plus yards in ’15.
  • Was one of just five RBs in the league to register 600-plus rushing yards and 390-plus receiving yards in ’15.
  • Appeared in all 16 games in 2014 for the first time in his career and rushed for 333 yards and two TDs on 85 attempts (3.9 avg.).
  • Was the team’s leading rusher in three games in 2014.
  • Rushed for 493 yards and a career-high three TDs on 89 carries in ’13, an average of 5.54 yards per carry that ranked No. 1 in the NFL among players with 80-plus attempts.
  • Was tied for No. 2 in the NFL in ’13 with three TD runs of 20-plus yards, trailing only Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (four).
  • Posted a combined 1,326 rushing yards from 2011-13, the most by a Packer over that span.
  • Led the team with 578 rushing yards on 133 carries (4.3 avg.) in 2011, while also leading the running backs with 29 receptions for 216 yards (7.4 avg.).
  • Limited to just three games as a rookie in 2010 as he worked his way back from a hamstring injury, but burst onto the scene with a league-leading 315 rushing yards in the 2010 postseason.
  • Those 315 yards in the ’10 playoffs were the third-most ever by a rookie RB in the postseason behind only Washington’s Timmy Smith (342 in 1987) and Baltimore’s Jamal Lewis (338 in 2000).
  • Posted 73 yards on 18 carries in his NFL debut vs. San Francisco in Week 13 of 2010, the highest yardage total by a Green Bay rookie RB in his first game since Ralph Earhart had 78 in his debut at Boston (Sept. 17, 1948).
  • Originally injured his hamstring during OTAs in May of his rookie campaign, and spent the entire preseason and the first nine regular-season games on the physically unable to perform list.
  • Selected by the Packers in the sixth round (193rd overall), the 13th running back taken in the draft and the first running back drafted into the NFL from the University at Buffalo.


Finished his career as the University at Buffalo’s all-time leader in rushing yards (3,140), rushing touchdowns (34) and points scored (222), despite missing his senior campaign due to a shoulder injury…Played 36 games in three seasons, rushing 698 times for 3,140 yards (4.5 avg.) with 34 TDs, adding 127 receptions for 898 yards (7.1 avg.) and three more scores…His 3,140 yards broke the previous record of 3,103 held by Anthony Swan (1994-97), his 34 rushing TDs broke the previous record of 29 by Lee Jones (1965-67) and Swan, and his 222 points topped the previous record of 184 by Alan Bell (1989-92)…His 12 100-yard rushing games fell one shy of Swan’s mark, and his 698 carries are also second to Swan (812) in school annals…Was one of only four players in school history to generate more than 4,000 all-purpose yards, finishing with 4,045…Had his most decorated year as a junior in 2008, when he set single-season school records for carries (272), rushing yards (1,333), all-purpose yards (1,694) and points scored (102)…Was recruited as a QB, converted to CB during his redshirt season in 2005 and then became a part-time starter at RB in ’06…Graduated with a degree in sociology…Senior season (2009): Sat out the entire season after undergoing surgery on his shoulder in August…Was limited by the shoulder injury during spring camp in March, tried to play through it and aggravated the problem, which turned out to be a torn labrum…Began the year as a preseason All-America and All-Mid-American Conference selection and was on the Doak Walker Award watch list as one of the nation’s top running backs…Junior season (2008): Despite missing two-plus games with injuries, set single-season school records with 1,333 rushing yards on 272 carries (4.9 avg.)…Yardage total topped O.D. Underwood’s 1,189 yards in 1986, while the attempts topped his own mark from the previous season…Earned honorable mention All-America recognition from The NFL Draft Report and was named first-team All-MAC by the league’s coaches and media…Ranked third in the MAC and 15th in the nation in rushing with 111.1 yards per game, topping 100 yards six times, one shy of the single-season school record held by Swan (1996) and Underwood (1986)…Rushed for 16 TDs, tying a school record first set by Jones in 1966…Scored at least one TD in each of the final nine games and multiple TDs in four straight…Added a receiving TD, as he ranked second on the team with 52 receptions for 361 yards (6.9 avg.)…Also set school records for points scored (102) and all-purpose yards (1,694), beating Jones’ point total of 96 (1966) and Andre Forde’s yardage mark of 1,556 (2002)…Earned MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week honors with 30 carries for a season-high 185 yards and two TDs at Ohio (Oct. 28), one a 56-yarder in the fourth quarter to clinch the win…Sophomore season (2007): Earned All-MAC second-team honors for the second straight year with 251 carries (a single-season school record he would break the following year) for 1,103 yards (4.4 avg.) and 12 TDs…Added 41 receptions for 311 yards (7.6 avg.) and two more TDs…Named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week with 183 yards rushing on a career-high 36 carries with two TDs, including a 72-yarder, vs. Ohio (Oct. 4)…Named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week with a career-high 231 yards and three TDs on 34 carries vs. Toledo (Oct. 13), earning an ESPN “helmet sticker” on the network’s day-end wrap-up show. The 231 yards ranked third on the school’s all-time single-game list at the time, behind 266 from Bell (vs. Duquesne, 1991) and 232 from Underwood (vs. Rochester, 1986)…Redshirt freshman season (2006): Moved from CB to RB and started six of 12 games played, leading the team in rushing with 704 yards and six TDs on 175 carries (4.0 avg.), good for second-team All-MAC honors…Finished second on the team with 34 catches for 226 yards (6.7 avg.)…Ran for a season-high 162 yards and three TDs on 24 carries vs. Kent State (Nov. 4) to earn MAC East Player of the Week honors.


Given name James Darell Starks…Nicknamed “Buck”…Born in Niagara Falls, N.Y. …Single…Says his two uncles, who are pastors, have been a big influence on him as an athlete…High school: As a QB at Niagara Falls High, was a three-time team captain…Ran for 1,048 yards and threw for more than 600 yards as a senior, earning All-Western New York honors…Played for coach Joe Shifflet, a former University at Buffalo football player…Also played shooting guard on a basketball team that included future Syracuse stars Paul Harris and Jonny Flynn…Was a four-year letterman in basketball as well as track, running sprints and relays and competing in the jumping events…Community involvement: Was given a key to the city of Niagara Falls on Feb. 23, 2011, his birthday, following the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV victory…Participated in the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon, which raises money for a cancer-related charity…Participated in the Green Bay Packers Golf Invitational in Kohler, Wis. …Has worked as a counselor at sports camps, made hospital visits and worked with a local Boys and Girls Club among his charitable endeavors…Residence: Niagara Falls, N.Y.