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James Kretkowski
Player Profile:
James Kretkowski 1872058
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 300
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Oceanside, N.Y.
High School: Oceanside
Major: English (Film Concentration)
Experience: 2 Letters

AT DELAWARE
Fifth-year member of the squad as a redshirt senior • tough, physical player, strong competitor, and an outstanding student.  

2017 SEASON
Made an impact on the offensive line seeing action in all 11 games of the season • part of an offensive line unit that paved the way for the Blue Hens to rush for 2,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

2016 SEASON
Saw first career action on Delaware offensive lineman • No. 2 backup at tackle behind Trump throughout the season • saw action in season-opening win over Delaware State and vs. James Madison • helped Delaware rank No. 2 in the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing offense (227.2 yards per game/No. 14 in NCAA) and lead the CAA in fewest sacks allowed (11 for 75 yards in 11 games/No. 8 in NCAA) • named to CAA Academic All-Conference team.

2015 SEASON 
Did not see game action as a redshirt freshman • spent season No. 2 on the depth chart at offensive tackle. 

2014 SEASON
Did not see game action and retained freshman eligibility • one of four offensive linemen in 2014 recruiting class.

HIGH SCHOOL
Two-year starter at offensive tackle as part of a three-year varsity career at Oceanside High School for head coach Rob Blount • team captain • earned first team All-State, first team All-Long Island, first team All-Nassau County, and first team all-conference honors as a senior • named to Nassau County Golden 11 team and earned the Al Martone Award as the top lineman in Nassau County • started for teams that posted identical 8-2 records in 2012 and 2013 and advanced to the county semifinals three straight years • team continued success built by legendary head coach Frank Luisi • played one season of basketball as a sophomore • honor student who earned the Jay Fiedler Top-Scholar-Athlete Award for Nassau County • served as president of the student body as freshman, sophomore, and senior, and was vice-president as a junior • president of the National Junior Honor Society • was active in fundraising for Superstorm Sandy damage in his area • in August, 2014, was selected as a finalist for the East Region Award of the National Football Foundation National High School Scholar-Athlete program. 

PERSONAL
James Francis Kretkowski (“kret-cow-ski”) • born Dec. 27, 1995 • honor student as an English major at Delaware with a concentration in film • would like to make movies for his career • son of Cliff and Sherri Kretkowski • middle of three children • among his hobbies are weightlifting, watching movies, and listening to heavy metal music.

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