Adams Eyes Quick Recovery

CLEMSON - While the news didn't make headlines when it happened almost two months ago, as the 2009 season draws a little closer, the health of this redshirt freshman will be of primary concern to the Clemson coaching staff.

Spencer Adams Interview: (1:49)

Remember Spencer Adams?

He was the nation's No. 11 safety in Clemson's 2008 recruiting class and also a standout track athlete who was expected to make an instant impact in some form for the Tigers this season.

Turns out, the Clemson coaching staff felt like he needed to add more weight to his 180-pound frame and they decided it was in his best interest to redshirt.

And all was going according to plan until an injury in a scrimmage specifically for redshirt freshmen and walk-ons forced him off the practice fields.

"I was making a tackle and everybody was gang tackling and somebody's helmet hit the side of my knee, towards my body and I heard it pop a little," Adams told CUTigers.com. "It hurt pretty bad but this was the only time we really got to play so I said 'I'm going to stay in and play.'

"And I probably over did it. It's a full ACL tear. When they went in they saw it was a full ACL tear."

With the loss of both starting safeties after this season in Mike Hamlin and Chris Clemons, the Tigers will be in a hurry to establish a two-deep depth chart at position and Adams figures to fit somewhere in the equation.

But it likely won't happen in the spring as he continues to rehab his knee.

In addition, Adams also won't be able to participate in track, where he was one of the top hurdlers in the nation a year ago at the prep level.

"Spring, I should be good but I probably won't run track and I probably won't be cleared for contact," Adams said. "But as far as cutting and working in drills I should be okay. So I'll be able to do some stuff."

Adams also said he's focusing on getting bigger in his upper body, which was the coaching staff's primary concern in preseason camp.

Despite the fact he was the fastest of all of Clemson's defensive backs, the staff wanted him to put on an extra five to 10 pounds to be able to handle the physical style of play at the college level.

"I mean, weight-wise I was disappointed I wasn't able to get bigger or whatever but I have to hit that harder when I'm full speed," he said.

"I just take it day-by-day and go to rehab and do what they tell you do. You really don't dwell on my season is over well I can't run track or do other things. I'm hanging in there and trying not to dwell on it and take it day by day."


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