In 2013 Fresno State Bulldogs’ wide receiver Davante Adams kicked down the door at Bulldog Stadium and announced his presence loud and clear.
Along with quarterback Derek Carr, all eyes will be on No. 15 when the 2013 season gets underway in late August.
Having a standout player is never a bad thing, but when you have a freshman season like Adams had, coupled with a quarterback that has already made a preseason Heisman Trophy watch list, keeping that player from playing on Sundays could become an issue. That’s a good issue for Adams to have, but not so great for the Bulldog faithful.
If Adams gets off to a fast start in 2013 and repeats or even comes close to matching his 2012 numbers, the chatter will start about the sophomore making an early exit from Fresno State and entering the 2014 NFL Draft.
In case you missed it, here’s a glance at some of Adam’s eye-popping stats in 2012.
The 2012 Mountain West Freshman of Year led the conference in all three of the following categories. The Freshman had 1,312 receiving yards to go with 102 catches (two shy of school record) and 14 touchdowns.
He had six 100-yard receiving games his freshman year, which is third-most in school history.
The closest any player came to Adams in receiving yards in 2012 was 854. Nine touchdowns was as close as any player would come to Adam’s 14 and his 102 receptions was 32 better than anyone else.
His 89-yard touchdown reception at New Mexico tied him for the sixth-longest in the FBS last season. He had six or more receptions in 9-of-13 games on the season and he had four games with at least two touchdowns.
Adams had three TD catches of over 60 yards on the year.
His best game of 2012 came against the new Mexico Lobos; Adams amassed 198 yards with two touchdowns and nine catches in that game.
Now for the awards to go along with the numbers.
Fourth -Team All-American by Phil Steele
All-American Honorable Mention by Sports Illustrated
Freshman All-American by CBSSports.com, Phil Steele and The Sporting News
Unanimous First-Team All-American MWC Selection
In 2013, Adams will not fly under the radar. He was named one of the 12 Players to Watch in 2013 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus and is on Phil Steele’s 2013 Preseason All-America fourth-team. Job one for defensive coordinators across the conference will be to figure out how to slow down Carr and Adams.
If there is any doubt that creeps into fans minds about Adam’s phenomenal freshman year, it might be do to the fact that Fresno State’s all-time leading rusher Robbie Rouse has moved on to the NFL. A solid running game always goes a long way towards a great passing game.
With a fully healthy Derek Carr to play pitch and catch with in Fresno’s spread offense, fans shouldn’t worry too much. Don’t forget, Carr played most of last season with a sports hernia.
So enjoy the 6-2, 200 pound phenom’s sophomore year while you can.
There may not be a junior year