Thursday, April 6, 2006
Adams ‘lives dream’ at University of Mississippi
By BARRY BURLESON
A former Marshall Academy quarterback is turning some heads and reaping plenty of praise this spring on the Ole Miss practice field.
Walk-on Seth Adams of Holly Springs took all of the first-string snaps during the Rebels’ third scrimmage Saturday. He was 11 of 23 passing for 150 yards with one interception. He also ran for 20 yards and two scores.
He’s the frontrunner to back up junior college transfer Brent Schaeffer this fall. Schaeffer, a former University of Tennessee quarterback, won’t arrive in Oxford until June, after completing his course work at The College of The Sequoias in California. But he’s already been named the starter by head coach Ed Orgeron.
“We knew (Seth) could play, but for him to be the first-team guy is pretty good,” Orgeron said after the most recent scrimmage. “I was really pleasantly surprised that he came to us, and he’s the starting quarterback for now before Brent (Schaeffer) comes in.”
Adams, a junior, arrives at Ole Miss after stints at Delta State University and Hinds Community College. He remains low key about his spring success for the Rebels.
“I turned down some scholarships to walk on, and Coach ‘O’ assured me I would have an opportunity here,” said Adams, who grew up a Rebel fan. “I’ve got to continue to work hard and get better. I’m not where I want to be. I’m concentrating on learning the offense and doing the best I can.”
At 6-4, 215 pounds, he will get an important opportunity to impress his coaches and the fans this Saturday on campus. The annual spring game kicks off at 1 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
“It will be a big thing for me,” Adams said. “It will be as close to a game situation as possible, with the crowd and everything. I have to manage the game. It will be valuable experience for me. The intensity level will be pumped up. I’m looking forward to it.”
Adams has received plenty of spring publicity. Articles have been written in The Clarion-Ledger, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and The Commercial Appeal.
“It has always been my dream to play here,” Adams said. “I wanted to come here out of high school but it didn’t work out. Now some doors are open for me, and I’m getting to live my dream. I’m thankful for this opportunity.”
He’s also looking forward to the fall practices, when Schaeffer joins the team.
“I know he’s a great athlete, and I hope I can push him, and it will make both of us better,” Adams said. “The best player will play. If I’m the backup, I know I will get plenty of playing time. I have to be prepared. You never know when your number will be called.”
As a sophomore at Hinds in 2005, he averaged 214.3 yards passing per game, completing 102 of 202 pass attempts for 1,500 yards, with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Adams graduated from Marshall Academy in 2003. During his senior football season (fall of 2002), he completed 151 of 238 pass attempts for 1,904 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,295 yards on 176 carries and scored 13 touchdowns.
He is the son of Gary and Lorena Adams of Holly Springs.
“Seth has really stepped it up,” said Dan Werner, new offensive coordinator at Ole Miss. “I’m proud of the way he’s coming in and taking charge. He’s done a really good job of throwing it right on time.”
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