After having the most successful season in USF football history, the Bulls will finally be able to rest, relax and prepare for what will be one of the most anticipated seasons in program history. With bowl season having come and gone for the Bulls, there are some players that won’t be returning after finishing their senior season; however, there is one standout player that will be representing the Bulls on a national stage in Tampa Bay.
Senior wide receiver Rodney Adams will be suiting up one last time as a Bull for the 92nd East-West Shrine Game. Adams is the only USF player who will be taking the field for the collegiate all-star game, but he also has the distinct advantage of playing less than five miles away from his former high school. The St. Petersburg native is an alumnus of Lakewood High School, while the game will be played down the street at the domed Tropicana Field.
The dynamic playmaker will not only be showing the nation and NFL scouts his skillsets, but will also have the opportunity to give back to his community. The Shrine game —which has been around since 1925— helps the Shriners Hospitals for Children by raising money, but by also introducing the children in these hospitals to some of the best football players in the nation. The week before the game, players come to the hospital to meet, speak and play with the children.
Since the 2006 season, USF has had at least one player represent the school in the East-West Shrine Game, but Adams is the most versatile player to represent the Bulls. Adams is fourth in career all-purpose yards in program history, behind players like junior running back Marlon Mack and former wide receiver DeAndrew Rubin and running back Andre Hall. Adams also set the single season receiving yard total in 2015 (822) and matched it again this season, while also setting the single season receiving touchdown record with nine in 2015. The speedy receiver proved to be a threat on the ground as well, running for 231 yards and five touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts.
Adams is without-a-doubt one of the most important players in USF’s short football history and is already established in the Bulls’ record books, but he has one last chance to show the collegiate football landscape what it means to be Bay Made.
The East-West Shrine Game will be played on January 21, at 3 p.m. in St. Petersburg, FL, at Tropicana Field and will be aired on the NFL Network.