Josh Adams

RB Fighting Irish

6', 214, (PD) 4.45! 

Speed and Power. 

By TOM

Great field speed. Amazing stats. He has the most amazing stat I have ever heard. He average 5.9 YPC... If you average 5.9 YPC in the FBS, you are expected to average 4 YPC in the NFL. "Good is not good enough. Greatness is old news. We must strive to be legendary." But let me finish. This stat is so amazing that I don't really believe it. He allegedly average 5.9 YPC after contact, AFTER CONTACT! I mean, how is that possible (am I the only one freaking out here;).

He reminds me a of Eric Dickerson in one aspect (I'm not saying that he is as good as Dickerson). He is a big, almost fullback looking 225-pound RB, who has elite long speed, like Dickerson. He does not get caught from behind when he has a lane. He can lower his head and pound the defense on short yardage, and then find a seam and run for 70-yards.

Now Dickerson was a glider on the field, and a thing of beauty. Adams is still more half-FB, and grinder inside. But when he finds a lane the only guy I can compare him too, who had the size and speed was Dickerson. 

Adams is also a good leader, and was named team captain. "He can run you over, he can run away from you, he can make you miss, or he can run through you," ND RB coach coach Autry Denson (who also compared him to Dickerson) said. "Josh is as complete as you can get." He ran for almost a thousand yard after contact this season, 948, to lead the NCAAs. That is simply incredible. 

He ran for more yards after contact, than any RB in this Draft. He is also a great blocker. He blocks like a FB, shifts like a scatback, and runs like Dickerson down the sideline. He was also a back up for a few years, so he has a lot of tread left on the tires. His biggest concern was that he had serious knee surgery a few years ago.

He always seems to fall forward. "You could look in his eyes and see he's a guy who will bite," Ex ND RB coach Tony Alford said. "He's not out there screaming and hollering, jumping up and down and a look-at-me type of guy, but his demeanor was very serious and businesslike and goal-oriented. Even as a young high school guy, he was a man's man." He always seems to run over the first defender tackling him. Nice hands on the shovel pass. 

He is a great cut blocker in pass pro. "You would have thought he won the lottery," Denson said. "For three weeks, that's what we focused on in practice, executing the perfect cut block. He wants to be the best, but he understands what it means to be the best, the process behind what it takes." He can protect the QB in the pocket.

That is how rookie RBs first get on the field. "He's a competitor's competitor," Denson said. "He's a gentleman off the field, but Josh is a beast. He wants to win, and he's mature enough to understand the process that goes into winning. It's so easy to root for Josh because it's not made up, it's not manufactured." Amazing speed in the open field that leaves DBs 20 to 30 pounds lighter than he is in the dust.

Underrated senior Back, who will go in the 2nd because of major knee surgery he had a couple years ago. "He's so talented, he's got the size, he's got the speed, but what sets Josh apart is who he is," Mike McGlinchey said. "He's as good of a person as you can come around in this game." Great lateral hop on second level to make guys miss. 

What will make him a 1st Round Pick is his elite speed on the field. "When you hear those words [go-josh-go], you know he's off and he's not going to get caught," his high school HC Hetrick said. "When I hear 'Go Josh,' it always brings back the warm and fuzzies. I'll sit there now watching [Notre Dame] on TV with my boys, and he'll take off and I'll say, 'Go Josh, go Josh, go Josh.'" He's a little tall, but he gets low nicely in short yardage. 

Nice job cutting back on runs out wide. "Josh is the most humble guy I've ever been around," Quenton Nelson said. "Doesn't really say much in the locker room, but he's got an energy to him that people really rally behind." Runs well with his eyes. 

Great shiftiness and power on the goal line. "Incredibly respectful of others," the physical therapist who help Adams recover from major knee surgery Frank Angiolillo said. "Every day, he called me, 'Sir.' I used to say, 'Josh, you can call me Frank.' He said, 'Yes, sir, I'll call you Frank.' He can do things athletically that can boggle the mind, but he's an even nicer person." He has elite character and work ethic.

He has the best size speed ratio of an RB in this Draft. "I looked back at my life and how hard everybody in my family worked," Adams said. "I wanted to do the same thing. Through a lot of prayer and discussions with my mom and dad, I made my mind up to attack this thing with everything that I had." Last and foremost Adams is a top five RB in this draft. 

Additional Notes:

LSU: Great speed to outside on off tackle runs. Nice power runner inside. He knocks back defenders when he gets low inside. He follows his blockers so well to the 2nd level. He breaks off their blocks with power and speed. He is a great Screen runner. He can catch the screen pass as he is being hit, and run through the DB, and go for the First Down.

Temple: Great power runner, with enough elusiveness and speed to start in the NFL. He was incredible against Temple. When he finds a lane you cannot catch him from behind. Terrific screen runner. When you give him a crease in space he is very tough to bring down, and you never catch him from behind

Stanford: Size speed ration is incredible. He rammed into the OLB against Stanford, and knocked him backwards clean off his feet. He is amazingly tough to bring down. He runs over guys and keeps on going. Great cutback runner. 

Adams Vs USC:

Adams has the best blend of size and speed in this Draft. He is also a nice cut back runner, who can make guys miss with a quick cutback inside. Notice how he ran over three defenders as well. He is a big powerful guy, with small guy skills (:01). Notice how he slows to follow his blockers, as two guys dive at his feet, and he runs over them (:16). Then he is heading down the sideline. He is a very smart runner.

I like how he receives the ball from the QB, with his head up and he is already watching his blockers. There is nothing there. So he does a little dance, and then lowers his head for a cloud of dust (:32). Part of what makes him special is his burst. Watch the acceleration through the line, and the speed through the second level (:45). The other part that makes him special is power. After the great burst and speed that is 8-yards after contact.

He has elite feet. Watch the nice quick shifts though the line. Then USC surrounds him with five defenders in the box. Watch the elite lateral burst outside, to use his outside blocker to leave four of the defenders in the dust (1:08). One problem with Adams is that he played behind an elite O-line (1:35). He was four yards down field before a defender had a shot at him. He will not be running behind as good an O-line in the NFL.

He is a great Redzone runner. Watch this great cutback behind his blockers (1:50). Watch the shift outside, to make the ILB miss. Then the shift back inside, to make the OLB miss. Then the power to carry two guys into the endzone (2:07). After that nice inside TD run, he shows the speed to get outside as well (2:47). He heads outside behind his blocker, and then shows that knack for finding cutback lanes (that makes guys on the second have to dive to try and touch him) that no one else can see (3:05). He runs through the tackle of the big 5-Tech, and then runs for 17 more yards. 

He helps his O-line wear down a defense (3:30). And then he is gone. And I dare you to tell me he doesn't look like Dickerson running high and untouched for the 84-yard TD run (3:10). I love the little pause there to let his blockers do their job (4:15). Power run inside, following his OG (4:15). Then he shifts through the line, finds a lane, and scored the TD. Plus, you can see how much his teammates like and respect him. 'Nuff said.

Adams Vs USV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eex0xUl_Wfg

Adams' Official Bio:

“Josh Adams is just a big-time back. My word. To see him in person is astonishing. Huge. Fast. And not a bad left side of the OL for Irish.”

--Tweet from Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel after witnessing the Notre Dame-North Carolina State game

Football coaches love to talk about the ability of a team to flip the field, to create sudden-change situations that make major impacts on games.

Adams has a history of doing that all by himself over a series of long runs that rank cumulatively with anything anyone else in football has done of late:

--As a freshman in 2015, in the final game of the regular season at Stanford, he ran 62 yards on a first-and-10 call midway through the third period to give the Irish a 29-28 lead. He finished with 168 yards, his best single-game output of that season.

--Against Wake Forest earlier that year he ran 98 yards from scrimmage in the second period for a 21-0 Irish edge.

--Against Massachusetts that year he traveled 70 yards on the fourth play of a final-period drive that made it 62-20 for the Irish.

--As a sophomore in 2016, again in the final game of the regular season, he ran 74 yards on Notre Dame’s first offensive play from scrimmage at USC. He finished with 180 rushing yards, again his best single-game production of that season.

--Earlier that year he dashed 67 yards on the fourth play of a possession against Virginia Tech.

Adams’ big-play tendencies in 2017 have been impossible to ignore:

--Against Temple, he ran 37 yards for a TD on the second play from scrimmage. Later in the opening period he added a 60-yard run on the second play of a possession. He finished with 161 yards.

--Against Boston College he ran for a career-best 229 yards on a day the Irish as a team rolled up 515 ground yards. He had first-half runs of 65 and 64 yards and had 167 yards by halftime.

--Against Miami (Ohio) he traveled 73 yards on Notre Dame’s second play. He ended with 159 yards on only eight carries.

--Against North Carolina, his 73-yard second-period run made it 14-0 for the Irish.

--Against 11th-ranked USC, his 84-yard run on the first play of a third-period possession gave the Irish a commanding 42-14 edge.

--Against 14th-rated North Carolina State he clinched the 35-14 victory with a 77-yard sprint in the third period (on the second play of a possession). No individual had run for more than 73 yards in a complete game against the Wolfpack in 2017. Adams had more yards against NC State’s sixth-rated rush defense than previous Wolfpack opponents South Carolina, Syracuse and Marshall combined (and on 49 fewer carries).

Adams leads the nation (among FBS running backs) in 2017 in yards per carry after contact (6.2 yards each), rushes of 60 or more yards (seven) and rushing yards versus ranked opponents (502).

He averages 8.69 yards per carry overall (second among running backs) and 132.3 rushing yards per game.

And yet Adams hasn’t had to be the whole show. His other tailback mates—Dexter Williams, Tony Jones Jr. and Deon McIntosh—have combined for 845 rushing yards and Wimbush has kicked in 639 more (plus 13 rushing scores). Adams’ 137 carries represent only 33.0 percent of Notre Dame’s rushing plays in 2017. The Irish as a team lead the nation at 7.04 rushing yards per attempt.

Wimbush displays continued improvement throwing the football, the Irish offensive line (led by veterans McGlinchey and all-star guard Quenton Nelson) paves the way for the running game in a major way—and Notre Dame’s defense has caught everybody’s attention in recent weeks.

Says Adams of all those long-yardage plays, “My role is to finish the play. Stay patient and when I see it, that’s when my job kicks in.

“When that hole opens and it’s usually a big one, you gotta hit it.”

Adds Kelly, “Josh has that ability to turn pedestrian plays into big-chunk plays.

“If you misfit a play, it’s a home run.”

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