Ole Miss quarterback
Published 12:00 am Friday, August 24, 2007
ORGERON NAMES SETH ADAMS TO START SEASON OPENER AT QUARTERBACK
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron announced Friday that he has selected senior Seth Adams as the starting quarterback when the Rebels open the 2007 season Sept. 1 against the University of Memphis. Kickoff is set for 2:37 p.m. in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis and will be telecast regionally by CSS.
Orgeron chose Adams, who has been running with the first unit during preseason camp, over last year‚s starter, Brent Schaeffer, and redshirt freshman Michael Herrick.
“Since we opened the quarterback position in the spring, Seth has been the most consistent, both in the spring and in fall camp,” Orgeron said. “Our quarterback position will be treated like any other position on the team. You have to earn your starting spot on a daily basis. We are expecting Seth to make progress as a quarterback in our offense.
A 6-4, 225-pounder from Holly Springs, Miss., Adams walked on at Ole Miss in January of 2006 after transferring from Hinds (Miss.) Community College and participated in spring football drills.
Adams appeared in six games last season as Schaeffer’s back-up and completed 17-of-31 passes for 177 yards. He did not throw a touchdown or an interception and earned his first letter with the Rebels as well as a scholarship. Adams logged extensive playing time against LSU and Mississippi State when he replaced Schaeffer in the second half.
The first action for Adams last year came against Wake Forest when he completed 8-of-11 passes for 84 yards and a long of 19 yards and was named Rebel QB Club Offensive Player of the Week. He also saw limited playing time against Vanderbilt and Arkansas.
As a sophomore quarterback at Hinds in 2005, Adams ranked third in individual passing in MACJC/Region 23 as he averaged 214.3 yards per game, completing 102-of-202 passes for 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns, with nine interceptions. His 13 TDs ranked second in Region 23 and he also had a 125.2 pass efficiency rating, which ranked fifth in Region 23.
Adams helped lead Hinds to a 363.9 total offense average, which rated third in Region 23, while also averaging 262.0 yards per game passing, which ranked second. He also rushed for one TD during a season cut short by Hurricane Katrina as Hinds finished 3-4.
Prior to playing at Hinds, Adams was a member of the Delta State University football program for two seasons, seeing limited action in three games in 2004. As a true freshman at Delta State in 2003, Adams did not see any playing time and was redshirted.
An All-Conference selection who helped lead Marshall Academy to district championships in 2001 and 2002, Adams played in the MPSA All-Star Football Game. As a senior, he completed 151-of-238 pass attempts for 1,904 yards and 19 touchdowns, which ranked first in Class 2-A and second overall in the MPSA. He also picked up 1,295 yards rushing on 176 carries and scored 13 TDs, which ranked fifth in Class 2-A and 13th overall in the MPSA. With 13 rushing TDs and a two-point conversion, his 80 total points ranked 9th in Class 2-A.
Adams also earned three letters in basketball as Marshall Academy won the state championship in 2002 and was runner-up in 2001. He was selected Most Valuable Player of the MPSA All-Star Basketball Game.