OK, so, during the dragging, sweaty, uncomfortable months of summer, we flippantly mentioned that we would be profiling every player on the team. It will only be fun and worthwhile, we decided, if we were both informative AND funny. Well, it would be really fun if we were drunk the entire time, but that’s neither here nor there. Thus, for these ten weeks leading up to the UL game, we will have at least one profile a day (excluding weekends and the 4th). We hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed the idea of doing them, but not the actual task. Oh, and we see the egregious “that’s what she said” in the headline.
We’d also like to use this italicized space to apologize to the families of the players whose last names end in ‘A’ or ‘B’ because these early ones might suck a little.
Boring, Obligatory Vitals
Hometown–Stone Mountain, GA (North Gwinnett)
Unfair comparison to NFL-er: Well, let’s see. Speedy ex-corner with big-play ability, barely played DB in college…Devin Hester. Duh. Yup, E.J. Adams is the next Devin Hester. For the record, I am fully aware that Hester barely played WR or DB in college and in the league. See, it’s unfair!
Most interesting fact from his media guide bio: His sister runs track at Florida State. Jeepers. That’s pretty uninteresting.
Something we made up about him: Unstoppable on Bill Walsh Football ’93 for SNES. He’s Texas ’81 every time. Runs the wishbone and just pounds the ball down the defense’s throat.
Items of legitimate interest: Adams, though a perfectly capable defensive back, was moved to wide receiver by the coaching staff in an attempt to fill the pass-catching void left by Keenan Burton, Steve Johnson, Rafael Little and Jacob Tamme. Last year, Adams dislocated his wrist in the opener, missed four games, and only recorded 10 tackles in the final 9 games. In his freshman year, Adams had a key interception against Vanderbilt.
Outlook for 2008, based on light research by our minions: It’s hard to make any predictions, especially since no one has really seen Adams play receiver (and our minions are incompetent). However, Coach Rich Brooks has indicated that he has been pleased with Adams at wide receiver, and that the move would likely stick. That said, it is hard to see him getting a lot of balls thrown his way (I’m not changing that. I only noticed it when proofreading. Man, that’s hilarious. I’m 8 years old). He’ll probably be somewhere around 5th or 6th on the depth chart, behind Dicky Lyons Jr., Demoreo Ford, Kyrus Lanxter, and Aaron Boyd, among others. He’s described as having game-changing abilities, so look for him to at least get a chance to produce.
Adams started as a quarterback in high school, then moved to wide receiver and running back his senior year (catching 50 passes), than to defensive back his first two years at UK, and now he’s back to wide receiver. He’s a utility player, of sorts. A football playing Ryan Freel, I’d say. Yup, E.J. Adams is the next Ryan Freel.