Adams pleased after first start

Seth Adams is happy with the final outcome of his first start, but he also sees improvements that have to be made before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Ole Miss quarterback put together one of the more accurate outings since Eli Manning left Oxford by completing 19-of-30 passes for 201 yards, but also a few key throws didn't hit their intended targets.

"I knew after the game that there were some plays that I missed," Adams said. "Going back after watching the film, you don't play as well as you think. I was happy with the offense, but obviously I missed some stuff, and there were a lot of mistakes that I can improve on. Hopefully, I can take that into this week. It was good to get a win. Glad to start off that way, but now I need to push forward and get ready for Missouri."

The 30 pass attempts were more than predicted, but the extended effort on Adams' arm became necessary thanks to Memphis defensive schemes and the ineffectiveness on the part of the Ole Miss rushing attack. Key back BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for just 79 yards on 23 carries Saturday.

"I thought we would do a better job with the run game, but Memphis stopped the run, and we need to work hard to improve it," Adams admitted.

As for the passing game, Adams was pleased with his performance but knows that more points will be necessary in the upcoming weeks. Points from both the defense and special teams can't be expected every gameday.

"I think I did a good job. Like I said, I missed that fourth down throw that I have to make. It is a simple, easy throw, but I didn't make it. Also, some reads that I should have made, but other than that, I felt good out there. I need to keep improving."

Mizzou will resemble an SEC opponent with a quick secondary and large lineman in the interior. The Tigers will be a more physical test than Memphis and come straight ahead without blitzing or tricks. The 34-7 shellacking last season is still fresh on Ole Miss' mind.

"It is definitely a motivation," Adams said. "We have watched the film, but we break it up into cut-ups based on different formations. It is a great motivation, and obviously we want to win."

Receivers will need to come up big as they again play without sophomore speedster Dexter McCluster. Adams missed him, but knows the team still has to compete.

"Dexter is a great playmaker, and it is a shame that he didn't get to play Saturday. We have to keep moving forward. He wants to be out there, and I hate it for him, but we need other guys to step up and make plays. Injuries are a part of football."

With McCluster's absence, finding the tight end is even more important. Robert Lane caught four passes against Memphis and was open on at least one more opportunity.

"Robert did a great job of getting open, but I missed him on a couple passes including a touchdown throw," Adams closed. "I had him in the end zone but missed him. Definitely get the ball to Robert. He can make be very effective."

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