Arkansas set to hire veteran SEC assistant as new defensive line coach, per report
Arkansas has reportedly hired its new defensive line coach, and it’s a name SEC fans would remember from other programs.
Arkansas is expected to hire Deke Adams as defensive line coach, sources told Matt Zenitz of On3sports. Adams, who worked at FIU last year, is an SEC veteran who has worked at Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina. Perhaps most notably about his career, Adams coached Jadaveon Clowney at South Carolina.
Adams during his 20-plus year coaching career has played a key role in the development of 6 NFL draft selections since 2013, including two first-round picks.
Adams began his coaching career in 1997 as the defensive line coach at Jacksonville State. After spending one season at Jacksonville State, he coached at Pearl River Community College, where he first served as the linebackers coach and later was named co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. In 2001 he became the defensive coordinator and continued his duties as recruiting coordinator.
Adams was a four-year member of the Southern Miss Dean’s List during his time as a student-athlete and a three-year letterwinner for the Golden Eagle “Nasty Bunch” defense from 1991-94. During his career at linebacker, Adams tallied 76 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, one sack and one interception for 15 yards, according to his South Carolina bio.