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Starks: New mindset leads to potential for big games like Sunday's

James Starks. Photo: Image by Green Bay Packers/TODAY'S TMJ4

Starks: New mindset leads to potential for big games like Sunday's

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Sep 17, 2013

Accountability.  Availability. 

Those are two words Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy used as part of his mantra for the 2013 Packers season.

James Starks proved those words highly meaningful with his 132-yard performance in the Packers' 38-20 defeat of Washington on Sunday.

Starks talked on the Mike McCarthy Show on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26, and he discussed how this year he took those words to heart.

"This year, I had a different mindset coming in, I'm older, more prepared.  I understand the running game better, and I understand the operation, what the Packers are doing," said Starks.

"I just want to be a better player, period."

Starks' performance was the first 100-yard day by a Packers runner in a regular season game since 2010.

"He did a heck of a job," said McCarthy, who named DuJuan Harris the starter before he was lost for the season, then Eddie Lacy who suffered a concussion in Sunday's win.

That's when he went to Starks.

"He's always been a very accountable young man...very consistent in his approach, which as a coaching staff we really appreciate."

Starks also discussed how he's taking what McCarthy is teaching to heart.

"I think I just come out every game the same way.  Within the week, we work hard.  The coach speaks about it a lot, taking the most out of your opportunities...I just want to be a better player, period."

"James is a pro," added McCarthy.

"He hasn't had as many opportunities as he would like...that tells you something about the man."