When Spencer Adkins was asked if he is excited about playing his first game against FSU, the soft spoken freshmen just said, "Yeah, I can't wait."
But actions speak louder than words and Adkins's play during fall camp has impressed head coach Larry Coker with his physical skills and exceptional burst, "His closing speed is unbelievable. He is physical and very strong. He will be an outstanding player for us."
Even with all his physical tools, Adkins still needs to learn the intricacies of playing linebacker. Adkins primarily played defensive end during his tenure at Naples High School. Adkins says that Coach Hargreaves stresses that he needs to "recognize the differences between the run and pass plays."
Adkins, a solid 5-foot-11 and 235 pounds, expects to play on special teams at FSU and he hopes to see some situational time on defense, "The depth chart changes everyday and hopefully I will be on it," Adkins said.
Though Adkins does not know what to expect in Tallahassee, he feels the excitement in his teammates building as the game gets closer.
"Everybody is learning now, getting ready and prepared for what the coaches have for us," Adkins said. "Even lately in practice, things are getting rougher and I expect the intensity to increase as the week goes on."
This past summer was the first time incoming freshmen were allowed to take courses during the second summer session and workout with the team. Adkins believes that time helped him assimilate better to the demands of Hurricane football.
"At first it was kind of like oh my goodness, I am really here, but now I feel like I am part of the family," Adkins said. "This summer I got to learn all the plays and I got used to all the running. I do not know what I would be doing now if I didn't come here then."
The hardest adjustment for Adkins this summer? A typical freshman response, "Waking up so early. In the summer I got used to it a little bit. We get up at five or six o'clock to go work out."
For now, Adkins will continue to let his play do the talking as he fights for playing time in a very deep linebacking corps. There is no doubt that ‘Canes fans have a lot to be excited about with Adkins potential at linebacker for years to come.
David Lake is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com
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