Published March 23, 2011 - 5:05am
NEW: Discuss this topic in the Google+ community for SEC fans.
Saturday Down South is continually counting down the top 20 players in the SEC for 2011 – pre-season style!
Joe Adams – No. 7
Arkansas will be wide receiver U in 2011. They are stockpiled with talent up and down the receiving core, but arguably the most talented among them all is Joe Adams. Adams has a big-play mentality on every play, and he can break a game wide open on a short hitch or a deep bomb to the end zone. At 5-11, 190lbs, Adams has speed to burn once he gets the rock in his hands.
Adams will line up opposite Greg Childs and defenses will have to pick their poison. Bobby Petrino has to be licking his chops as we speak.
If you are thinking Adams is overrated as evidenced in the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State, think again. Sure, he might have dropped a couple passes – or two touchdowns – but Adams is a playmaker, and he will make up for those mishaps in 2011.
In 2010, Adams led all of Arkansas’ wide receivers with 50 catches for 813 yards and six touchdowns. Adams was sixth in the SEC with 4.2 receptions per game, and he was seventh in receiving yards per game with 67.8.
Another dynamic impact Adams has on the Razorbacks is his punt return game. He finished second in the conference, behind Patrick Peterson, with 15.6 yards per punt return, including one 97-yard return against Ole Miss – good for a school record.
Adams is primed and ready to have another electric season in 2011. In Bobby Petrino’s offense, Adams will shine because they will throw the ball all over teams, or at least try.
Joe Adams will prove he is top three at wide receiver in the SEC for 2011 at Arkansas. The key to Adams’ season and success, however, is his ability to stay healthy.