Corey Adams had the misfortune of enduring a serious calf injury during the off season. "I tore a hole in my calf." Adams remarked. "I was doing agility drills, and while I was side shuffling, I planted my feet to sprint, took two steps and heard it pop. Once I heard it pop I fell down, and couldn't walk. I was in a boot and crutches for three weeks then started re-habilitation.
"I also ended up straining my Achilles tendon. It was a very long process, but I was glad to start running again. They say I'm going to have this hole in my calf for the rest of my life, just another war wound. It feels fine, I'm now 100 percent on the field."
Known as the team's proverbial smart-aleck, Adams always tries to make light of any situation, even the ones that have introduced adversity into his life.
"If anything happens I always just try to make a joke out of it," he admitted. "Knowing that I'm injury prone, everybody just makes jokes about me, and I'll joke about what my next injury might be. I try not to make it out to be serious even though it really is."
The coaching staff and team do not have any qualms about his abilities this coming season as they've seen him bounce back from an even more serious injury sustained during his freshman year.
"I actually had to get back surgery my freshman year," Adams recalled, "which was miserable because it happened before the season and just got worse and worse. This most recent injury was unfortunate but I'm used to it. I can't really get down about it, I've got my family ten minutes away from me so that helps. These coaches and trainers I go to are the best in the country. I've got an encyclopedia in the training room of injury reports and exercises to do."
Although Adams was out of contact for the first three weeks of spring practice, he's been mentioned as one of the better players on the team. His performance thus far certainly doesn't reflect that of someone who was severely hampered just a couple months ago.
"I'm happy with it," Adams said of his spring performance. I mean, I knew coming into the spring that it was really important. When I got hurt that was obviously a major set back for me. I came back despite being very out of shape and two weeks behind everyone else, and I just battled through it. I worked on the things I knew I needed to work on. Worked with coach Randolph, and I am where I am now so I can't complain."
The new coaching staff and schemes, although difficult to get used to, are "really impressive" according to Adams. "The way that we are running practice, I've never seen it or been a part of anything like this before. It's very up-tempo and I like it. It's a lot of work, but we're getting in much better shape. I'm still not there yet but come fall, after summer training, I'll be good to go. We're going to be a force to reckon with come fall."
As of late, the defense has been tinkering with a 3-4 defensive front and Adams is up for the challenges this scheme presents. "It's not difficult, it's just annoying," He explained. "It's a double team, triple team, every play. You're putting your face in someone else's face. That's the nature of the game and that's what I expect. Being in there and being that force in the middle plugging stuff up. If that's my duty I'm going to do it the best that I can. I have no qualms about it.
"Anything we play will suit as well. The coaches cater this defense to the guys that we have."
The defensive tackle is also very complimentary in specific of his position coach, Paul Randolph who according to Adams has already had a profound effect on his despite the short time they have both spent together.
"He was very understanding with my injury," Adams said. "He definitely took care of me when I came back. He's a good man. He coaches the defensive line and he's also the defensive coordinator, so he's stressed out. He's doing a million things at once, and he still makes time to help his defensive linemen when we need it.
"I think he's a great man and an even better coach. I've never seen someone that loves what they do the way he does. It doesn't matter if it's six in the morning or ten at night, he's always going a hundred miles an hour and is always amped-up. He's very vocal and very active and it's contagious really."
Randolph's positive energy is something that should carry the team through a what could be a four-day period up at camp Tontozona come this August. Adams, who has never been part of the Camp T experience, shared his thoughts about the team heading out there in four months.
"We're going to play a game called "get to know each other" up there," Adams quipped. "That's going to be interesting. We need to go up and put that work in that is crucial for our season. We're all looking forward to it. We've all had a good spring, we're going to go to Camp-T for (that period) and we'll come back an even better team because of it."
As spring practice draws to an end, Adams is especially excited for the season ahead. As a senior, he's ready to leave it all on the field.
"Since I've gotten here there's been a sense of urgency," Adams said, "but you know it being my last year, I want to go out right. I feel so at home on this field. This is my team, despite the coaching change. I'm just going to do my best, come out here everyday and be a leader on and off the field.
"I love all these guys and am beginning to love these coaches."