Thursday, April 12, 2007
Seth Adams shines in Grove Bowl
The 2007 Grove Bowl Saturday at Ole Miss turned out to be Seth Adams’ showcase.
The senior quarterback, a 2003 graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs, completed 16 of 20 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown. He led the Blue team to a 23-21 win over the Red in the annual spring football game.
Ole Miss Head Coach Ed Orgeron said he won’t name a starting quarterback until the fall, but he praised Adams’ performance.
“I am really pleased with the play of Seth Adams,” Orgeron said Saturday afternoon. “He threw the ball well and operated the offense really well. We are going to continue to have an open competition at quarterback. We are still looking for the best guy to win our quarterback position, but Seth looked really good out there today.”
Returning starter from 2006, Brent Schaeffer, was two of five passing for 13 yards and a touchdown. He quarterbacked the Red team.
A report in Sunday’s Clarion-Ledger quoted offense coordinator Dan Werner on Adams’ spring game showing.
“The fact he came out in a pressure situation and all eyes were on him to see what he was going to do, to complete 80 percent of his passes, shows you we’re definitely making strides.”
Adams’ longest completions were 18-yarders to receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Robert Hough. He also helped the Blue convert seven of 10 times on third down.
“It feels good to hang those pads up for the spring and for the time being knowing that you went out and performed well,” Adams said in the Clarion-Ledger report. “I feel like I had a good day. That’s a stepping stone and a confidence booster to go into summer workouts and fall camp.”
The Grove Bowl marked the conclusion of spring practice. The Rebels will return to action Saturday, Sept. 1, when they travel to Memphis for their 2007 season-opener.
Note: Adams, Coach Oregeron and the Rebels were also highlighted on a page in the April 9 issue of Sporting News magazine. The headline reads, “The master recruiter’s fate lies with a guy who walked on.”
It reports on how Orgeron, well known as a top-notch recruiter, could look to a walk-on, Adams, to be the starter during a “crossroads season” for the coach.
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