Player Capsule: Chad Adams
Position: Bandit (can also play field safety)
Weight: 188 pounds
2015 season quick review: As a third-year sophomore Adams had 20 tackles with one sack and one tackle for loss last season. He had six tackles against West Virginia in ASU's bowl game and filled in following injuries to Armand Perry and Jordan Simone.
SunDevilSource.com analysis (08/2016): To this point in his ASU career we haven't seen Adams play nearly to his potential. He's undersized but in a non-football setting has pretty movement skills and a willingness to make tackles with physicality. He's probably one of the faster players on the defense in a race. ASU coach Todd Graham has complimented Adams in the past for his athletic mobility.
But these things haven't really translated to the football field in the last couple years. Adams has tended to be slower-reacting to plays than average, and not quickly enough processed information on the fly. He's looked hesitant and as a result not been able to get to spots on the field where he would be able to make plays in an aggressive fashion.
The biggest key for Adams moving forward is to continue to improve as a student of the game. It's primarily being able to absorb and process information and what it means in the broader context of ASU's scheme, and then turning that into action on the field without having to think about it. We just haven't seen much of that as yet but he's now progressing through his career and experience could be an asset. It's the film work that's going to allow Adams to play more reliable.
Projected depth chart status: When Laiu Moeakiola hasn't been on the field in practices of late, Adams has taken first-team reps at the Bandit position alongside Perry at the field-side spot. He's one of the top second-team options at safety along with junior college transfer J'Marcus Rhodes.