Adams adjusting well to switch

CLEMSON - It took almost 14 games in the 2009 season before Spencer Adams could vent his anger.

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But with less than seven minutes to play in the Music City Bowl, trailing 21-13, Kentucky ran for a first down on a fake punt by Ryan Tydlacka. As the punter picked up the last of his nine yards, Adams dealt him a punishing tackle on the Wildcats' sideline.

"That was a year's worth of frustration taken out on one person," Adams said after Tuesday's practice.

An ACL tear sidelined Adams with a redshirt in 2008. In 2009, he played sparingly as a reserve safety and special teams participant in eight games.

Earlier this spring, he was moved from safety to cornerback, an effort to get him on the field sooner. It's a move that Adams becomes comfortable with more and more each day.

"I'm adjusting pretty well," he said. "I'm still trying to learn the right technique, the little nuisances, your midpoints, where you need to be in leverage—stuff like that. I'm still working on it a lot."

Adams, like the other young, inexperienced cornerbacks on the Clemson roster, is all ears when the upperclassmen speak up. He's credited Marcus Gilchrist, Byron Maxwell and even Xavier Brewer for always being there with a tip or pointer.

"Marcus, he knows everything about the defense. B-Max, he knows the whole corner aspect of playing on the island and being the only person that you need to worry about, with the only receiver. Even Brewer, he's the same year as me, him playing corner all his life, he knows little things to lookout for," Adams said.

With tips from those three, Adams can put his own "spin" on things.

"I know what I'm good at. I know I've got speed," he said. "But I need to work on my lateral movement. I'm just trying to work every day. Listening to what they have to tell me has really helped my development a lot further."

Adams was an All-American hurdler on the indoor track team in 2010, the first at Clemson since 2004.

He hopes to see an increased role on the football field this fall.

"As long as I'm playing and being a factor in a game, I view that as a success. I've got two NFL corners in front of me. And even with that, I've got Brewer and [Coty] Sensabaugh to even play with," Adams said. "I want to be a factor and help the team win an ACC Championship. That's our ultimate goal. That's where we started at the beginning of the year." Top Stories