Adams cherishing opportunity

Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams is a team-first type of player, but his spring practice has involved a lot of individual assessment as he attempts to become the Rebels' starting signal caller.

Adams earned first-team honors for the 2006 Grove Bowl but was quickly dropped to reserve status after the arrival of prized recruit Brent Schaeffer. However, this didn't deflate the Holly Springs native as he persevered and played his way into six games during last season.

He completed 54 percent of his passes and finished with an efficiency rating two points higher than that of Schaeffer.

Due to the lack of separation at quarterback, Adams has an opportunity to take the leadership role and win the starting spot for his final season in Oxford. Competition for the position has been intense during the spring session, and the Marshall Academy graduate is pleased with his performance as well as the team's.

"The competition is definitely there and at a high level," Adams said. "Coach Orgeron believes in hard work and his goal is to encourage competition so that it makes us better. We are improved and look pretty good in all parts of the offense. All the quarterbacks have talent and can do good things."

Adams and Schaeffer are not cut out of the same mold but each player possesses certain elements that can be effective for Ole Miss' offense. The senior offers an objective self-analysis along with what the more mobile Schaffer has to offer.

"Consistency is the major thing that I hope to bring to the table," Adams said. "My goal is to consistently move the offense and make sure that the team is in the right play. I can throw the deep ball. It is big for me not to waste possessions and make sound decisions."

And on Schaeffer?

"Brent is that dual-threat guy that can beat you with his feet or his arm," Adams added. "He obviously has the tools to make something happen when the play breaks down. The extra year in the system is a valuable asset to him and to me also. We both know the offense and can be successful."

Experience in the system is not only big for the quarterbacks but also for the plethora of young players that are coming back on the offensive side of the football. The returning lettermen should benefit from an offseason and spring spent fully understanding offensive coordinator Dan Werner's scheme.

"We are really looking forward to the fall because there are a lot of young guys back and are getting better everyday," Adams said. "The offense only lost one senior so we should be improved and a lot more exciting. There are a lot of athletes on the field that can be difference makers."

One of those difference makers is senior running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The transfer tailback gained 1,000 yards during his first season dressed out in Oxford and will benefit the entire offense in 2007. Adams expects the run game to again be dominant which will in turn open up the air attack.

"With our strong run game, the play-action will be huge, and the passing game has definitely progressed a lot thanks to improved timing with the receivers. The spring has been exciting, but it is also challenging. We are putting in some new stuff and fine tuning good things."

Adams is by no means satisfied and will compete hard for the starting nod, but the senior is also able to appreciate the opportunity and be thankful for how far he has already come.

"It is just an honor to be on the field," Adams said. "This is where I wanted to be right out of high school and things have finally worked out. I want to remember the guys here before me. The big thing is not to waste it because it is a dream for me."

That dream continues at 1 p.m. Saturday when the quarterback competition continues in this year's Grove Bowl.

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