The journeyman senior from just up the road in Holly Springs has made a monumental jump up the depth chart since arriving at Ole Miss. He has been rewarded for his consistency; first with spot duty last season and now with the ultimate prize as starting quarterback. Being named the winner of the three-way QB competition was a relief for Adams.
"It's definitely a weight off my shoulders," Adams noted. "It is a step forward, and now I have to prepare and get ready to play. I think it was a formality (starter announcement), but I am glad to have this opportunity. It's a blessing and a dream come true. Great to be the starter. It's very exciting for me."
The road has been a long one for Adams, but the lifelong Ole Miss fan doesn't regret having to make stops at Delta State and Hinds Community College before finally settling in Oxford. The various playing places have matured Adams and brought him to appreciate the possibility ahead.
"Coach O gave me an opportunity and promised me a chance and here I am. The coaches believe in me, and it is a great opportunity in my life."
Adams may be the guy, but it isn't a given he will be behind center all season. He knows that, and it is something that drives the senior.
"I try to be positive and know that competition will make me better. I know that it can be taken away, but that is a drive and a motivation to keep working harder."
The coaches have touted Adams due to his consistency and ability to manage the offense. He understands that and also knows he must be a leader on the field. The normally subdued, quiet Adams is being challenged by offensive coordinator Dan Werner to open up and lead with words as well as actions.
Adams says the vocal portion of being a quarterback is coming along, and it is one area where getting reps last season will now help. The competitive snaps in 2006 have made Adams more comfortable and prepared for this season.
"I have to be sure of the game plan and know it 100 percent backwards and forwards," Adams said. "We should be successful. I got into some situations last year even though I didn't start a game. I guess we'll see come game time, but if I prepare well and keep the task at hand, I'll be fine."
Preparing for Memphis poses somewhat of a test because the Tigers have a new defensive coordinator. Rick Kravitz now heads up the Memphis defense after ten years with the same title at South Florida. Head coach Tommy West held the position at Memphis last year.
"There are challenges because of the defensive challenges, but what we are doing on offense is more important than them on defense," Adams said. "I just have to get the ball in our playmakers hands and limit mistakes."
Speculation remains rampant as kickoff approaches, but Adams is optimistic. Winning is his top priority, but he also wouldn't mind making a name for himself in the process.
"Not many people know who I am, but hopefully after Memphis, people will know."
Adams Ready for Opener
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