In Focus: Senior Defensive End Kendrick Adams
Kendrick Adams Impacts the Tiger Defense
Senior defensive end Kendrick Adams values what it means to be a Tiger, and although he'll only have two seasons of LSU football in his career, he's earned his stripes for a lifetime.
An Enterprise, Ala., native, Adams has had nothing short of a successful career of college ball.
After high school, he studied at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. There, he had a standout performance on the defensive line as he recorded 35 tackles and 10.5 sacks his sophomore year.
At the conclusion of an outstanding sophomore season, he was a member of the Rivals.com Junior College Top 50. New opportunities arose from his second time experiencing the recruitment process, and he signed with LSU to play for the 2010 season, allowing him two years of eligibility to perform for the Purple and Gold.
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"I saw LSU as great opportunity to be part of something special," he said. "This is a big-time program, and I wanted to be a part of it."
Transitioning from a junior college football program to playing for the No. 1 team in the nation was an exciting opportunity for Adams.
"It's completely different, especially the fan base," he said. "It's a different type of game playing in Death Valley. I'm grateful to be at a great university and to have the opportunity to be a part of something special like this."
He insists there was no added pressure as a JUCO transfer, but he aspired to prove to his team that he deserved a starting position.
"I came in and learned the system," he said. "I had to make some adjustments, and I focused on executing the things that needed to be done."
Adams proved his validity with his starting position in the 2010 season-opening game against North Carolina, when he recorded three tackles and a forced fumble.
This was only the beginning to his successful LSU career, as he started 11 out of 12 games last season, only missing one due to injury.
"It's been a great two years so far," he said. "It's fun and exciting fighting with these guys for victory."
His talent speaks for itself, and he aims to lead his team by setting an example through his dedication and focus.
"My goals are to be a great leader on and off the field and to help the team win week in and week out," he said. "I make sure I'm giving the team and the coaches great effort and attitude out there on the field."
This season has been difficult for Adams to lead by example on the field, as injury has plagued him for much of the season, but it hasn't kept him from encouraging his team to achieve their overall goal of having an unstoppable year.
"Being on the sidelines is frustrating," he said. "I feel like I should be out there on the field with those guys on Saturdays. Right now, I'm trying to get better so I can get back out there with them, and hopefully we can finish with a great season."
Adams has remained supportive of his teammates while battling through his injuries this season, offering encouragement and leadership. The long road back began when Adams started in the showdown against Alabama three weeks ago, and there's no telling how far he can go in the remaining games. It's certain a strong effort from Adams will greatly aid the Tigers in their pursuit of a national championship.