Adams Ready For 2007

Safety Jamar Adams returns for his second season as a starter in the Michigan secondary in 2007. As the Wolverines most experienced defensive back, what is it that Jamar Adams sees in the fold for the upcoming football season? GBW sat down with Adams at the Wolverines media day at the beginning of fall camp to talk about his final go around in Ann Arbor.

After surrendering 700+ yards and six touchdowns through the air over the final two games of 2006, the Michigan secondary has been much maligned over off season leading into 2007. With Leon Hall now in the NFL, Jamar Adams, back for his second year as a starter at safety, is expected to lead the Michigan defensive backs as they try and improve their fate from that of the end of last season.

"I don't think it is pressure. We've got expectations that we have to live up to, but it's exciting to go out there each week and challenge ourselves to see if we can meet all the expectations," Adams said when focusing on the upcoming season. "One of the reasons you come to Michigan is to go out there and finish and play good football. Last year we didn't do it, so we need to get out there and play better football this time around.

"I think we definitely need to be led by the seniors. We had a lot of guys that were juniors on the team last year and we got a lot of experience. This year we have a different type of senior leader on this team. Our senior class is more hyped. I think really think we're ready to lead this team to greatness so we'll just have to go out and see what happens."

One change made moving into 2007 to try and re-write the wrongs from the Michigan secondary last year was the hiring of former coach Vance Bedford. As the Wolverines secondary coach from 1995-98, Bedford coached some of the finest defensive backs to come out of Ann Arbor.

"I love playing for Coach Bedford. He has a mindset that 'players play football.' He believes that you teach a player technique but the players go out and win the game," Adams said on Bedford. "I think that's the mindset we have to have as a defensive backfield in particular. Not everything is going to happen by the book. It's a game out there that you've played since you were a little kid so you just have to go out there and have fun."

With Bedford comes a heightened sense of optimism around the Michigan secondary. Along those lines, an influx of speed and skill in the secondary has also given reason to hope in 2007.

"Those guys are talented. They are really fast. If there's one thing I can say about this recruiting class, it's that they recruited a very fast class. I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do in pads. I've seen what they can do without pads. They are really athletic and really exciting but football is played with pads on. Flag football is the game without the pads. I think they're great flag football players but we're going to see if they're real good football players."

"We do have some talented freshmen. We're going to watch them and let them compete and try to find a role for the guys that display the ability and can pick up our scheme and prove that they can handle the pressure of playing as young players," continued coach Lloyd Carr.

And, as a result, Adams expectations heading into his final year?

"We haven't set our expectations as a team yet. I think that as a team we want to be the best team that we can be. We just want to be the best team out there. We want to go out there and perform and put on a show for all the people that come to Michigan Stadium."

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