The top backup wide receiver for the Minutemen ? Outstanding athlete with good size and speed ? Has played in 21 career games, starting four times.
1999:UMass? top receiver off the bench ? Played in every game on the season, starting four times (against Toledo, Richmond, Furman and Georgia Southern) ? Had 13 receptions on the season for 217 yards and two touchdowns ? Caught three passes for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory over Connecticut ? Had one reception for eight yards at William & Mary ? Caught three passes for 81 yards against Rhode Island ? Had two receptions for 30 yards against Northeastern ? Caught three passes for 33 yards against Hofstra ? Made a catch for six yards at Toledo.
1998: Second string wide receiver ? Played in eight games on the year ? Picked up his first collegiate reception with a 14-yard catch at McNeese State in the NCAA first round ? Also saw action against Buffalo, Villanova, New Hampshire, Maine, in the second Connecticut game, at Northwestern State and against Georgia Southern in the NCAA championship game.
Before UMass: Played for coach David Hartley at Flagler Palm Coast (Fla.) High School ? Recorded 61 tackles, six interceptions and six pass breakups as a free saftey during his senior season ? Also had 110 carries for 909 yards (8.3 yard average) and caught nine passes for 132 yards (14.7 yard average) at fullback as a senior ? Two-time Flagler News Tribune Player of the Year selection, in his sophomore and senior years ? First team All-Area and All-Conference selection as a senior ? Had totals of 173 carries for 1,470 yards, 720 receiving yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions during his high school career ? Set a school record with three interceptions in a single game during his sophomore year ? Also lettered in baseball and basketball.
Personal: Full name is James Eric Bross ? Son of Jim and Gloria Bross ? Born December 19, 1978 in Daytona Beach, Fla. ? Majoring in Plant & Soil Sciences.
Bross' Receiving Statistics
Bross? Career Highs
Receptions 3 three times, last vs. UConn, 11/20/99 Receiving Yards 81 vs. Rhode Island, 10/30/99 Touchdowns Receiving 2 vs. Connecticut, 11/20/99 Long Reception 39 vs. Rhode Island, 10/30/99 All-Purpose Yards 81 vs. Rhode Island, 10/30/99