Growing up in Holly Springs, MS, just 25 minutes from Oxford, Seth Adams had always dreamed of playing for the Ole Miss Rebels.
It took him three years after a stellar prep career at Marshall Academy to reach that goal, two of which he spent at Delta State and one at Hinds CC, but he finally did it.
"My goal has always been to play at Ole Miss and in the SEC," said Adams. "I can't tell you the feeling of playing against Mississippi State in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and being a part of the win.
"It was so exciting. The crowd was into it. It was a close game that went down to the last field goal attempt and we won it. That's pretty special to me."
Adams was under center late in the game with the Rebels facing a fourth-and-1 from the MSU 36 yard line. The play called was a quarterback sneak. Make it, and the game is over - the Rebs would eat up the rest of the clock.
Adams thought he got the needed yard behind the Rebel line surge, but the officials spotted the ball short of the first down marker.
"I didn't think I got it on my initial push, but I felt I got it on second effort. I got low and got what I could, but I guess I was short," he explained. "I would have loved to have been under center when the clock ran out, but it didn't work out that way. Our defense had to hold them. It all worked out in the end."
That was then and this is now.
Seth wanted to talk about the future, which includes his last season in 2007.
"I think the offense should be good next year. We have everyone coming back but Andrew Wicker and Lawrence Lilly of the starters," Seth continued. "I thought we started playing a lot better toward the end of the season as an offense. We started understanding all the concepts of the offense.
"We will go into the offseason with some confidence and knowing we can take this thing to the next level. We finished pretty strong and I feel we can only get better. I know we are going to work hard to do that in the offseason."
The offseason goal will be to learn how to finish, Adams said.
"Toward the end of the year, we were getting off to good starts, but we didn't finish a couple of games," he stated. "We have to gain more consistency for 60 minutes and finish what we start. That will be our focus in the offseason and next year."
Seth did not get a start in 2006. Another rising senior, Brent Schaeffer, got the starting nod 12 times, but Seth played more and more as the season progressed.
"I got some shots, which is all I could ask for," he assessed. "I did some good things and I did some things I shouldn't have, but it was all a tremendous opportunity and learning experience."
How does he view the 2007 season in terms of the quarterback position?
"I'm not going to focus on whether I enter spring at number 1 or 2 or 3 or 4. I'm just going to work hard in the offseason and compete in the spring. See where that gets me," he explained. "It's up to the coaches where I end up. I just want to do what I can to get better, just like everyone else will, so we collectively improve as a team."
Seth is a believer in repetition and that will be the order of the day in the offseason.
"Every throw you make to receivers is important - in the offseason, in spring training, in summer drills, in practice and in games," he noted. "I'm looking forward to working with the receivers in the offseason and getting better.
"Even routes versus air are important for timing purposes."
Seth gained 15 pounds between last spring training and August drills. He could tell the strength difference when August rolled around.
"I could feel I was stronger and I want to continue along those lines. I want to get stronger and quicker in the offseason," Adams stated. "The 2007 season starts now for us."
Seth thinks good things are in store for the Rebels.
"I don't think anyone works harder than this team and this coaching staff. We did some good things on offense in 2006 and we need improvement in some areas," he evaluated. "We shored up the running game in a lot of ways and we learned the offense. Those are two big hurdles. Now our goal will be to make everything second nature in the offense and get the passing game clicking."
Adams thinks the continuity on the coaching staff will help the cause.
"It's tough learning a new system every year. I've had to do it three times in my career. I'm looking forward to being in the same system for two years in a row. We have great chemistry on this team. We bond with each other well and the coaches are terrific. Now we can get some continuity going by having the same system for the second year in a row," he added. "We have a spark and we are getting there. We're all in.
"We all feel like we were real close to having a great SEC record. We just have to keep working and doing the little things better and we'll get there. This spring, we'll know the system and we can spend our time polishing instead of learning the system. We can spend our time getting better rather than everything being so new to us."
Seth doesn't know what the immediate future holds for him, but he's glad to be a part of the process.
"I love this team and I love this program. Just to be a part of it is an honor," he closed. "I got a taste of what it was like in 2006 and I want more. I'm starting now to get ready.
"September seems like a long time, but it will be here before we know it. We have to take advantage of the next eight months and not waste any time in preparing."
For Seth Adams, the Ole Miss dream continues. He's got another shot - another season - and as far as he's concerned, that's all he's ever wanted.
Adams lives his dream
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