Level Playing Field
"The folks in San Diego think Rob Adamson has a chance to unseat Seth Burford for the title of clipboard holder, and eventually the number two man when Doug Flutie decides to retire or we make that choice for him. You have watched him, what are the strengths of Adamson as a quarterback?"
Ric Brienza: "Rob has an accurate, strong arm. His touchdown to interception ratio is insane and I have no doubt his numbers would have even been better his senior season if not for the injury to the index finger on his throwing hand in week one. He was on pace to throw for over 400 yards in that game when he got hurt in the third quarter. He played with the injury most of the season and I could tell at times he struggled with getting the ball where he had been able to in the past."
"We learned more in one paragraph from you Ric then we have this whole offseason! I don't think anyone knew he was bothered by an injury to his hand. That does make his season that much more remarkable. Although it is tough to find weakness in a quarterback who has never lost as a starter at Mount Union (25-0), there must be something that sticks out?"
Ric Brienza: "It seemed at times this past season he tried to make things happen and forced the issue, causing a turnover or near turnover. But I know that was just his competitiveness and the fact he couldn't throw the ball quite the same most of the season."
"San Diego is known for its grueling weather. Sunny everyday, cool, perfect playing weather, truly the rough life out here. I understand that the weather is very kind over in Ohio. Lots of snow, the wind is kicking, how has Adamson handled that perfection?"
Ric Brienza: "Weather didn't seem to affect Rob. Even though he was a drop back passer, he has a quick first step to elude pressure. He played well in a playoff game in a driving snow storm and also had a good Stagg Bowl even though there was a tremendous wind that played a huge part in that game."
In a short time the games will be on for real, and without some much needed insight we would be learning about Adamson for the first time. Instead we now forge ahead knowing Adamson is the competitor we though he was, knowing he is better than we expected and held back by an injury, and that those tough games in San Diego when the weather reeks havoc on the mind, body and soul, he will be prepared.
In all seriousness, a player who can play those tough road games in the cold is needed. The complacency we have in San Diego, taking the weather for granted is something we cannot afford when we travel to Buffalo and Kansas City. It is good to know we have a guy who can come in and play regardless of the situation. Ric Brienza owns the website www.MtUnionFootball.com. Visit his site for more information on Adamson, including in game pictures and the remarkable team that has won more games than I can count.