University of Arkansas football fans should hope that sophomore wide receiver Joe Adams plays every play as if it were his last.
Because that's exactly what Adams (5-11, 182) did in the season-opening 48-10 win over Missouri State and it resulted in a 40-yard touchdown catch-and-run.
"We have been practicing that play since the spring and Coach called it and I just had a feeling that I might not touch the ball no more this game," Adams said. "So when I caught it I was looking to get into the end zone."
The former Central Arkansas Christian star had 4 catches for 70 yards in the opener as the Razorbacks rolled up a season-record 447 yards through the air and almost 600 yards total offense.
No doubt the production of the wideouts will be key once again when Arkansas (1-0) hosts Georgia (1-1) Saturday night in a 6 p.m. game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
While the Razorbacks had Saturday off, the Bulldogs won a 41-37 slugfest with South Carolina in Athens.
That came a week after losing 24-10 at Oklahoma State.
"We know how good a football team that they are and we know how we must go out and play a great game to win," Adams said. "It's also our first conference game so it is important to get off to a good start.
It will actually be a match-up of two of the favorites for Adams during the recruiting process – although he would commit to USC before flipping to Arkansas at end when Petrino replaced Houston Nutt.
"I made the right decision," Adams said. "I am very happy here at Arkansas."
That's in part because Petrino has the mindset to get Adams – who had 31 catches for 377 yards and one TD as a true freshman - the ball in a variety of ways this season.
"I like it a lot," Adams said. "…It's stuff that I did in high school. Basically playing football my whole life and I have been all over the field on offense. Them getting me the ball different ways – that is what I like to do."
He also likes to get yards after catch – something the receivers combine to do really well against Missouri State with over 150.
"Yards after catches is always a big thing," Adams said. "Because as a receiver you are not supposed to get tackled. We look to score every time we touch the ball. If you are playing hard every play then it is just going to come natural."
The Razorbacks will be without wideouts London Crawford and likely Lucas Miller, two veteran wide receivers who have are injured.
"We all have to step up," Adams said. "Injuries are just part of football."
They certainly have some guys who can do that like Adams and fellow sophiomore Jarius Wright, who had 6 catches for 139 yards against the Bears.
"Jarius is just one of those guys that has a lot of speed and if he gets the ball pretty much no one can catch him," Adams said. "If he get the ball down the field or in the open field, he can get away from everybody and I don't think anybody is going to catch him."
Sophomore Greg Childs in the most physically imposing of the wideouts.
"Greg is probably the strongest receivers we've got," Adams said. "He has been working real hard in the weight room and on the field. He runs his routes much better this year. You can see he doesn't like to get tackled. He has been practicing real hard."
Adams is also very impressed with true freshman Cobi Hamilton, who had 4 catches for 56 yards in his college debut last week.
"He could be a big down the field threat because he can run, he can jump and he can catch," Adams said. "I just look at him like one of our big receivers and know that he is going to have to step up."
After just lifting weights Friday and having all day Saturday off, Arkansas' players will return to practice Sunday evening with a closed practice.
"It's nice to get some rest, but we are ready to play," Adams said. "We think we are going to do some great things this year."
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