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Kenny James suffers broken arm

The Washington Huskies have lost their second tailback of the off-season as a university spokesman confirmed that senior Kenny James suffered a broken arm during a pre-camp workout.

Over the last three seasons James rushed for 1,335 yards and eight touchdowns in 30 games, including 15 starts.

He lost his starting job last season when a shoulder injury limited him to 103 yards on 29 carries in seven games.

However, he was considered a leading candidate to reclaim his starting job this season, and was listed at the top of the depth chart heading into fall camp, which opens Tuesday.

Now, James will wear a splint for approximately the first two weeks of practice, but he could be back at full strength by Sept. 2, when the Huskies open their season against San Jose State at Husky Stadium.

Last week, coach Tyrone Willingham confirmed that redshirt freshman J.R. Hasty is academically ineligible for this season.

Junior Louis Rankin, the Huskies second-leading rusher last season with 485 yards, now moves to the top of the depth chart.

Washington's only other experienced tailback is senior Shelton Sampson of Lakewood. Sampson started his UW career as a tailback, was shifted to cornerback last fall, briefly quit the team, and returned in the spring.

He was moved back to offense when Hasty's academic problems put his availability in doubt.