Adams making the transition

CLEMSON – Kyle Parker isn't the only two-sport star on the Clemson football team that's juggling his way through spring. Newly minted cornerback Spencer Adams is splitting his week between the gridiron and the track.

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Since C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford have already set the pace for life as a sprinter and a football player for the Tigers, Adams recognizes that he's got some catching up to do when it comes to splitting time between the two sports.

"I've been a list guy these past couple of weeks. But I've got to earn the coaches' trust and show them I'm good with time management on both sides, track and football," Adams said.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, he's at track practice while the football team is lifting weights. On Wednesdays and Fridays, he doubles up in the weight room.

To go along with two-sport his workload, Adams was moved from safety earlier this week after going through the first few practices of the spring at safety. Now, as a full-time corner, he currently works with the second-team defense in nickel situations.

Although his career at the position had been limited to only short yardage situations at Butler High School, he filled in at the position on Clemson's scout team last fall.

After two days of transition Adams said the scout team experience was beneficial.

"It helped out a lot," Adams said, "just going against Jacoby, Jaron (Brown)—all them boys."

"It's nothing but work, work every day. There's no shine in it, it's nothing but grind."

The move is welcomed after playing only a handful of snaps as a reserve safety in 2009.

Now entering his red-shirt sophomore campaign, Adams tore his left ACL as a freshman, forcing him to rehab and recover through track later that spring. The injury also left him with an uphill battle in the rotation at safety.

Once fall rolled around, the depth chart was pretty well set with a group that's proven to have some of the best ball hawks in the country.

At 6-2, Adams possesses rare height for a corner. He watches Byron Maxwell and how he carries his 6-1 frame at corner, hoping to pick up a few tricks of the trade from the fifth-year senior.

"B-Max, I look it at him a lot. I try to emulate what he does. We're two taller corners. He has that corner spot down, but he's tall. He's big. He knows what to do," Adams said.

He wants to improve how quickly he can move his feet and get "those fast-twitch muscles firing."

"I'm pretty good with my hips with track, running hurdles and being safety, having to flip your hips to go either direction," Adams said.

During indoor track season, he finished eighth in the nation in the 60-meter high hurdles.

During the preliminary run, he posted a personal best 7.80, ranking him sixth-best in Clemson history, moving ahead of three-time Olympian Dwight Thomas, who ran 7.81 in 2002. In the final, he ran a 7.90.

"It's pretty disappointing that I only got eighth, but I was the only freshman in the finals," Adams said.

Aspirations for the outdoor track season have been placed on the backburner as he looks to build momentum for the fall.

"I've got a lot of corner skills. But playing safety, it's just two different positions…it's difficult (changing positions), but I can do it."

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