Gaines Adams, who currently sits behind senior Mo Fountain on the depth chart, tied for the team lead in sacks with 2 during the Orange and White game held on April 10th. How are things shaping up for the former Fork Union standout heading into fall practice?
Adams came to Clemson from Fork Union Prep, where he recorded 58 tackles and 22 sacks in 10 games during his last season there. He also was athletic enough to play wide receiver, registering more than 1,300 yards receiving. As a redshirt freshman last season, Adams had 15 total tackles, including 4 for loss, and 1 sack.
Adams saw action on 172 plays in 12 games last year as a defensive end and those numbers figure to increase significantly in 2004. As one of the tallest and quickest ends on the roster, Adams will provide quality depth at a position that should be a strength of the Clemson defense this fall.
Adams, who currently sits behind senior Mo Fountain on the depth chart, tied for the team lead in sacks with 2 during the Orange and White game held on April 10th. He also batted down one pass at the line of scrimmage that day.
Here's something you don't hear everyday: Adams recorded two safeties in one scrimmage a year ago. He also led the defense in tackles for loss and sacks during all scrimmages for entire spring of 2003.
This year, the redshirt sophomore provided one of the more exciting plays of spring practice when he intercepted Charlie Whitehurst by batting down a pass and catching the ball at the same time during a scrimmage in late March. "I just jumped up, and the ball hit my facemask and I brought it in," said Adams. "I wasn't really expecting it, but then it happened and I caught it."
Later in that same scrimmage, Adams got involved in a wrestling match with walk on tight end Thomas Hunter. The two players went one-on-one for at least a minute before the "tussle" was broken up. "It was just a heat of the moment kind of thing," Adams said afterwards. "I didn't really think that much of it."
At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Gaines Adams is a player extremely high thought of by the Clemson coaching staff, and throughout spring practice he always seemed to be around the football. Whether it was a tipped pass, an interception, a quarterback pressure, or a sack, Adams is clearly developing outstanding instincts on the football field. He's also one of the most physically gifted linemen on the Tigers' roster, and that's just one of many reasons why he'll see his number of snaps increase by as much as 50% this year.