The 6-3, 300-pound Adams finished his Nebraska career with a strong senior season. Adams played in all 12 games, with 11 starting assignments, and completed the regular season with 50 total tackles, tops among Nebraska defensive linemen.
Adams also had five tackles for loss and eight quarterback hurries, helping a Nebraska defense that ranked in the top 30 nationally in scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, rush defense and total defense. Adams’ play was recognized as he was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection by the conference coaches.
Adams had 32 tackles in the final four regular-season games in 2005, the best stretch of games in his career. Included in that period was an 11-tackle effort at Kansas, followed by a career-high 12 tackles on Senior Day against Kansas State. The Omaha native had a hand in two sacks (Wake Forest, Colorado) in 2005, part of Nebraska’s nation-leading total of 50.
Adams was a regular in the Nebraska lineup for four seasons. A starter each of his final two years, Adams played in 49 games in his NU career, including 22 starts.
A solid performer in the classroom, Adams earned his undergraduate degree in business adminstration in December of 2005.2004 (Junior)
Adams played in all 11 games, with 10 starts and his only non-start at Texas Tech against the Red Raiders' pass-happy offensive attack. He finished his junior season with 37 tackles, including 17 unassisted stops. He made eight tackles for loss, totaling nine yards. His eight TFLs ranked fifth on the team.
Adams opened the season with a career-high tying five tackles against Western Illinois, when he also racked up three tackles for loss. Adams also made five stops against Baylor, including two tackles for loss. The junior made four tackles each against Southern Miss and Pittsburgh, and made at least two tackles in all 11 games. He had nine quarterback hurries on the season to rank third on the team, including a career-high three at Pittsburgh.
Adams opened the year with four tackles in a 17-7 win over Oklahoma State, then made his only 2003 start against Utah State at defensive tackle in place of the injured Le Kevin Smith. He responded with three tackles, a quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble in NU's 31-7 win. Adams added his second fumble recovery of the season in the second quarter against Troy State. In addition to an interception at Texas, Adams tied his career high with five tackles, and had four tackles and a season-high two hurries a week later in a 24-3 win at Kansas.
Adams' athleticism prompted the Husker coaching staff to give him time on offense. The Omaha native lined up in a tight end spot in a power set, and was the intended receiver on a goal-line play at Colorado.
2002 (Redshirt Freshman)
Before Nebraska (Creighton Prep HS)
Adams made 81 tackles as a senior, including 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and 15 quarterback hurries. He was a two-year Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska selection and the honorary defensive captain in 2000. Adams was a two-time Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honoree and that publication’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He also earned All-America honors from Parade, PrepStar, Student Sports and Rivals.com. Adams attended Big Red Football School in 2000. He was also recruited by Tennessee and Iowa State, but only visited Nebraska.
He was named to the 2004 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his work in the community. Adams was involved in a number of community outreach activities, including American Education Week, School is Cool Week, and was a volunteer speaker at Omaha's St. James School and the Quality Living Program in Omaha.Adams' Career Statistics
2002 Independence Bowl vs. Ole Miss: Tackles, none
2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Tackles, 0 UT, 1 AT, 1 TT
2005 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan: Tackles, 0 UT, 1 AT, 1 TT
Tackles - 12 vs. Kansas State, 2005
Solo Tackles - 9 at Kansas, 2005
Sacks - 1, Three times, most recently vs. Wake Forest, 2005
Tackles For Loss - 3 vs. Western Illinois, 2004
QB Hurries - 3 at Pittsburgh, 2004
Interceptions - 1 vs. Texas A&M, 2003, at Texas. 2003
Fumble Recoveries - 1 vs. Utah State, 2003, vs. Troy State, 2003
Touchdowns - 3-yard interception return vs. Texas A&M, 2003