Now at the halfway point of spring practice, Adams says that he can see an improvement all the way around for the Tigers.
"Even coach (Gene) Chizik said he felt a little better about this spring than he did about last spring," Adams says. "I think we're doing better as a team offensively and defensively."
That starts with the offense and the production of veteran receivers Adams and Terrell Zachery. Banged up a little with a shoulder problem that has lingered since last season, Adams notes that he's been getting treatment to make sure he is ready to go each day and to ensure he will be full speed when the Tigers take the field next fall.
With Adams' reps cut at times, particularly last Saturday in the first scrimmage of the spring, he says that while he's still getting his work in, one of his jobs has been to try to help younger players such as DeAngelo Benton take the next step in their development.
"Even though the coaches know what the older players can do we still have to produce," Adams points out. "I still get my same reps and I'm trying to teach DeAngelo and all the younger guys what to do."
One of the biggest question marks in spring practice has been at the quarterback position where the Tigers are looking to replace senior Chris Todd after he had a big year in 2009. Senior Neil Caudle, junior Cameron Newton, sophomore Barrett Trotter and freshman Clint Moseley have all been getting reps this spring as they try to show Malzahn and the coaches they have what it takes to be the starter.
That could make it tough in the passing game to get continuity because four different players are throwing passes to the receivers, but Adams says that is not an excuse they're willing to admit and he's just working everyday like it's one player throwing to them.
"All of those guys are really throwing good right now," Adams says. "We're all getting good balls. They are working in different rotations. Either way we're all getting the same person throwing to us basically the whole time."
The talk of the early camp as been the play of Newton as he battles the veteran Caudle, last year's No. 2 QB, for what most people assume could be the two-man race for the starting job. Adams says that both have their strong suits and he's seen good things from both of them this spring.
"Cam comes in and always wants to do extra work," Adams says. "I think he wants to make a big step forward in trying to learn the offense. He's throwing pretty good, but so are the other quarterbacks too.
"Neil is a leader," he adds. "He has learned the offense more. He knows where to place the running backs if they mis-align. He knows how to get the offense set and get them ready."
While those two were the favorites coming in to spring drills, Trotter and Moseley have both come on strong to put their names in the hat. The race has made each of them better Adams says and should make the team better as well.
One of the things that will make the team better in the long run is having players like Adams around. A standout on special teams last year in addition to his play on offense, this spring he has added the role of return man to his repertoire and he said it is just another thing he's willing to do for the good of the team.
"I'm just playing football," Adams says. "I'm trying to help us win any kind of way, special teams, anywhere the coaches put me."