Adams Looking Forward To Life On Defense

Auburn freshman Harry Adams talks about the excitement of starting his college career and about his move to cornerback.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the fastest players recruited in recent memory by the Auburn Tigers, Harry Adams was thought to be the answer at wide receiver for years to come but a position move has him on the other side of the ball as he heads into his first two-a-days at Auburn.

Looking for immediate help at the cornerback position, the Auburn coaching staff decided Adams belonged at cornerback. While it may have been a difficult decision for some, the 6-0, 180 Adams says for him it was just something he needed to do for the team.

"When I first got here, actually the second day I was here, I went to talk to Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and he told me they needed me at defensive back. I was like ‘I'll do whatever I need to do to help the team'. I have no problem transitioning over there. I have been working at it and getting help from Walter McFadden and Aairon Savage. They have been like big brothers to me."

Compared by his high school coach at Dillard to another former Panther wide receiver that made a good move to defense in Chris Gamble, Adams says that once he talked with some people about the move he became convinced it was right for him.

"It made me feel good inside," Adams says. "I know I've got a future at something. I'm going to keep doing my best and make the move pay off.'

On campus since early June, Adams has had the opportunity to work with some of Auburn's older players such as McFadden, Savage and Jerraud Powers while also getting used to life on a college campus. He says those are the two things that have been the most important to him as he gets ready for his first season as a Tiger.

"I have gotten a lot from both of them," Adams says. "Their personality is just like mine. They know how to have fun but also when to get serious. I fit in good with the team right now. I have been going to school also so I get a little head start. I want to handle my business in school and on the field."

Now back to full speed after hamstring problems kept him from living up to his awesome potential on the track in the spring, Adams says he's excited about the opportunity to work into the playing rotation for the Tigers this fall but knows it's going to be a battle to accomplish that goal.

"I'm real excited," Adams says. "Tomorrow is a big day. I'm going to go on the football field and do what I can do. I don't have any more problems with my hamstring. It feels good. This is a good opportunity for me and I'm going to do what I need to do.

"It makes it fun and exciting but I still know what I need to do on the field," he adds. "I have to work hard and give 110 percent. I have to listen to Coach (Paul) Rhoads and be productive."

Freshman cornerback D'Antoine Hood moves into his dorm room at Sewell Hall.

Adams is one of 23 scholarship freshmen who reported for practice. They are joined by eight walk-ons. That group includes receiver/running back Justin Albert from Prattville, offensive lineman Charles Bates from Gadsden, offensive lineman Kevin Carroll from Lassiter, Ga., High, offensive lineman Clay Clark from Auburn, linebacker Watson Downs from Houston Academy, tight end Bryan Harris from Florissant, Mo., lineman Cameron Hunt from Auburn, offensive lineman Andrew Parmer from Dalton, Ga., and quarterback Brent Poole from Charles Henderson High in Troy.

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