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Josh Adams Notre Dame Fighting Irish Running Back 6-1, 225, 4.55, #33 Warrington, Pennsylvania Central Bucks High School Born October 29, 1996
1/5/2018: Adams racing off to NFL -- Notre Dame junior running back Josh Adams has declared for the NFL draft. He announced the news Friday via his Instagram account. "With a lot of thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I've decided to forgo my senior year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft! I'd like to thank the University, my family, teammates, coaches, support staff and everyone who has been with me throughout my journey at Notre Dame. I'm beyond blessed to have been surrounded by such a loving community. I chose Notre Dame because it was a place that allowed me to pursue my full potential, and it was a decision that would affect the rest of my life." Adams finished the season with 1,430 yards, which left him seven short of tying the school's single-season record.
…Few running backs enjoyed a more statistically impressive 2017 season than the physically imposing Adams, who rumbled for 1,430 yards and nine touchdowns as a true junior, helping the Irish bounce back from a disastrous 4-8 campaign in 2016 to finish 10-3 and Citrus Bowl champs (over LSU). Earning comparisons to former Notre Dame (and Pittsburgh Steelers) legend Jerome Bettis for his bullish style, Adams proved this "Bus" could accelerate, leading the nation with eight runs of at least 59 yards and was the first FBS player with a 70+ yard TD run in four straight games since at least 1996.
Adams kicked off the 2017 season in fine form, rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns against Temple. The dominating debut was enough to jump-start Adams' Heisman buzz as it carried over the production from the previous season, when he rushed for 933 yards and five touchdowns, including a then-career high 180 yards in a losing effort at Southern Cal to end Notre Dame's 2016 season. Adams already was well known among college football fans for enjoying the most productive freshman campaign in Notre Dame's storied history, rushing for 835 yards and six scores in his first season on campus. This included several other Irish records, including a school-best 168 yard effort against Stanford and a 98-yard touchdown jaunt against Wake Forest which tied the NCAA's all-time freshman record and was the longest score from scrimmage of the year by any rusher.
Adams' success at Notre Dame is the all the more impressive given that he missed his entire junior campaign in high school with a torn ACL, which sent recruiters from several other previously interested programs looking elsewhere.
BACKGROUND Named to USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Pennsylvania Football Team as offensive player of the year and running back...Selected as running back on Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAAA all-state team...Philadelphia Inquirer all-Southeastern Pennsylvania second-team running back as senior....Rated 199th player nationally on Scout 300 list...Rated 18th running back nationally by 247Sports and 27th by Scout.com...Rated 290th player nationally on Tom Lemming's Top 300 list...Named to PrepStar All-East Region squad as running back...Rushed for 1,623 yards on 208 carries with 25 touchdowns and 7.8-yard-per-carry average as senior in 2014...First-team running back on all-Suburban One League Continental Conference team in 2012, 2013 and 2014...Rushed 257 times for 2,085 yards and 28 TDs as sophomore in 2012 as Central Bucks South finished 10-2 and advanced to Pennsylvania District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinals...Philadelphia Inquirer all-Southeastern Pennsylvania first-team running back as sophomore...Third-team Pennsylvania Class AAAA all-state pick as sophomore...Enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in psychology.
…STRENGTHS Physically imposing back with rare height, as well as broad shoulders, a well-distributed musculature and tree trunks for thighs. Significantly faster than his frame suggests, showing enough burst to break into the open field and even pull away once he gets a head of steam. Better core flexibility than most big backs, showing the body control and good spatial awareness to downshift and allow would-be tacklers to slide by. Keeps his legs churning through contact, often dragging defenders downfield. Effective receiver out of the backfield, showing the ability to extend and pluck outside of his frame. Highly respected by the Notre Dame coaching staff for his work ethic and selflessness, including in his dedication to recovering from the 2013 knee injury. Voted a team captain in 2017 as a true junior. -- Rob Rang 1/13/2018
WEAKNESSES Sluggish out of his stance, showing below average initial quickness to the hole and struggling to create on his own when there isn't a clear lane to exploit. Lacks the wiggle to make defenders miss and is rendered ineffective when forced to run parallel to the line of scrimmage, lacking an explosive burst to plant and go. Shows the strength to carry would-be tacklers on his back but isn't as physically dominant as his size and hype suggest, running with too high of a pad level and too often going down to initial contact. Missed his junior season of high school after tearing the ACL in his right knee, which he still wears a brace to support. - Rob Rang 1/13/2018
COMPARES TO: Daniel Thomas, Dolphins (retired) - The 6-1, 230 pound Thomas was a workhorse at Kansas State, earning a late second round pick from the Dolphins in 2011. Though powerful and persistent, the long-legged and slow-footed back struggled to duplicate his success in the NFL, rushing for just 1,480 yards and 10 scores in six seasons, only four of which he saw time on the field at running back.
IN OUR VIEW: The Irish campaigned hard for Adams as a Heisman Trophy candidate with the creation of a 33Trucking website as part of his official player profile and the comparison fits well as the big back can generate power and surprising speed like a semi-truck motoring down the interstate. Unfortunately, Adams is about as quick out of the gate and agile as a semi-truck, as well, needing a runway to get moving, projecting as a mid to late Day Three pick.
Records Single-Game Rushing Yards by Freshman (Nov. 28, 2015 at Stanford, 168, 1st) Single-Game Rushing Yards by Freshman (Nov. 7, 2015 at Pittsburgh, 147, 3rd) Single-Game Rushing Yards (Sept. 16, 2017 at Boston College, 229, 4th) Single-Game Rushing Yards by Freshman (Nov. 14, 2015 vs. Wake Forest, 141, 5th) Single-Game Average Per Rush (Sept. 16, 2017 at Boston College, 12.7, 6th) Single-Game Rushing Yards by Freshman (Sept. 26, 2015 vs. UMass, 133, 9th) Single-Game Rushing Touchdowns (Oct. 21, 2017 vs. USC, 3, t-10th) Single-Season Rushing Yards by Freshman (2015, 835, 1st) Single-Season Combined Rushing/Receiving Yards (2017, 1,419, 6th) Single-Season Combined Rushing/Receiving Yards Per Game (2017, 129.0, 3rd) Single-Season Rushing Average Per Game (2017, 121.5, 5th) Single-Season Average Per Rush (2017, 7.8, 4th) Single-Season Average Per Rush (2015, 7.1, t-5th) Single-Season 100-Yard Rushing Games (2017, 7, t-2nd) Single-Season Rushing Yards (2017, 1,337, 4th) Career Average Per Rush (2015-, 7.0, 2nd) Career 100-Yard Rushing Games (2015-, 15, t-3rd) Career Rushing Average Per Game (2015-, 86.2, 5th) Career Combined Rushing/Receiving Yards Per Game (2015-, 95.1, 5th) Career Rushing Yards (2015-, 3,105, 5th) Career Combined Rushing/Receiving Yards (2015-, 3,422, 5th)
CAREER HIGHS Points: 18, USC, Oct. 21, 2017 Touchdowns: 3, USC, Oct. 21, 2017 Rush Attempts: 27, vs. NC State, Oct. 28, 2017 Rush Yards: 229, at Boston College, Sept. 16, 2017 (18 carries) Rush Touchdowns: 3, USC, Oct. 21, 2017 Long Rush: 98 vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 14, 2015 Receptions: 6, vs. Georgia, Sept. 9, 2017 Receiving Yards: 60, vs. Georgia, Sept. 9, 2017 (6 receptions) Receiving Touchdowns: 1, at Texas, Sept. 4, 2016; at Pittsburgh, Nov. 7, 2015 Longest Reception: 44, vs. Syracuse, Oct. 1, 2016 Total Offense Attempts: 27, vs. NC State, Oct. 28, 2017 Total Offense Yards: 229, at Boston College, Sept. 16, 2017 (229 rush, 0 pass) All-Purpose Yards: 238, at Boston College, Sept. 16, 2017 (229 rush, 9 receiving)
Quickest back in school history to 1,000 single-season yards (by carries)...Quickest back in school history to 2,000 career yards (by carries)...Quickest back in school history to 3,000 career yards (by carries)...Leads the nation with eight runs of at least 59 yards -- most by any player in the FBS since at least 2012.
..By comparison, Notre Dame recorded eight such runs over the entire 13-year span from 2002-14...Leads the nation with seven runs of at least 60 yards -- second-most by any player in the FBS since at least 2012...Leads all running backs nationally with four runs of 70 yards or more this season...First FBS player with a 70+ yard TD run in four straight games since at least 1996...Averaging 7.8 yards per carry, fourth in the nation...Ranks fifth all-time at Notre Dame with 3,105 career rushing yards...Ranks fourth all-time at Notre Dame with 1,337 single-season rushing yards...Ranks 14th in the FBS in yards rushing per game (121.5) despite at least 24 fewer carries than any running back that ranks higher.
Played in all 12 games and started nine contests (did not start vs. Texas, Nevada and Duke)...Led the Irish in yards per carry (5.9), rushing yards (933), rushing yards per game (77.8), carries (158) and ranked second in rushing TDs (5)...Fumbled just once in 179 touches (158 carries and 21 receptions)...First running back in school history that totaled at least 800 yards on the ground in each of his first two seasons...Averaged 103.4 rush yards/game and 7.5 yards/rush over the final five games of the season
...Only three running backs in school history have rushed for more yards over their first two years in an Irish uniform (Allen Pinkett, 2,037; Darius Walker, 1,982; Autry Denson, 1,941)...Rushed for 100 or more yards on four different occasions (Nevada, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and USC), including each of the last two contests of the year...52 of his 158 carries went for a first down or touchdown...Averaged 5.9 yards per carry on first down...Averaged 6.5 yards per carry on second down...Recorded 11 rushes of at least 15 yards and six carries of at least 20 yards...Three TD runs of at least 41 yards and two TD runs of at least 67 yards.
Played in all 13 games and started three contests (Wake Forest, Stanford and Ohio State)...Led the Irish in yards per carry (7.1), ranked second in rushing yards (835) and rushing yards per game (68.2), and ranked third in carries (117) and rushing TDs (6)...His 835 rushing yards are the most by an Irish freshman in school history (bested previous record held by Darius Walker, 786, in 2004)...Rushed for 100 or more yards in three of the team's last five games...Equaled school freshman record with four 100-yard rushing games (UMass, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Stanford)...Holds three of the top five and four of the top nine single-game rushing performances in school history by a freshman, highlighted by his freshman school-record 168 yards at Stanford (Nov. 28)...Set a Notre Dame record, and tied the NCAA freshman record, with a 98-yard TD run against Wake Forest (Nov. 14)...The 98-yard TD run was the longest play from scrimmage in the nation
Although did not meet the minimum of 10 carries per game (just 13 carries short) to be included in the NCAA leaders, his 7.14 yards per carry average would have ranked fourth in the nation...32 of his 117 carries went for a first down or touchdown...Averaged 7.5 yards per carry on first down...Recorded 22 rushes of at least 10 yards and eight carries of at least 20 yards...Three TD runs of at least 60 yards and two TD runs of at least 70 yards...Scored a pair of TDs in his collegiate debut (Texas), including a TD on his first ever carry...Rushed for 168 yards on 18 carries at Stanford (Nov. 28), highlighted by a 62-yard TD run...The 168-yard effort bested the school freshman single-game record.
Named to USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Pennsylvania Football Team as offensive player of the year and running back...Selected as running back on Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAAA all-state team...Philadelphia Inquirer all-Southeastern Pennsylvania second-team running back as senior....Rated 199th player nationally on Scout 300 list...Rated 18th running back nationally by 247Sports and 27th by Scout.com...Rated 290th player nationally on Tom Lemming's Top 300 list
...Named to PrepStar All-East Region squad as running back...Rushed for 1,623 yards on 208 carries with 25 touchdowns and 7.8-yard-per-carry average as senior in 2014...First-team running back on all-Suburban One League Continental Conference team in 2012, 2013 and 2014...Rushed 257 times for 2,085 yards and 28 TDs as sophomore in 2012 as Central Bucks South finished 10-2 and advanced to Pennsylvania District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinals...Philadelphia Inquirer all-Southeastern Pennsylvania first-team running back as sophomore...Third-team Pennsylvania Class AAAA all-state pick as sophomore...Enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in psychology.
Draft Scout Player News
11/16/17 - Nov 14 Stock Report, Who hurt themselves? Who hurt themselves? Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame, JR. (6-1, 219, 4.58, #3)...After dominant performances against USC (19-191-3) and N.C. State (27-202-1), Adams missed most of the Wake Forest game due to an illness and was completely ineffective against the athleticism of the Miami defense. He finished with 40 yards on 16 carries for a season-low 2.5 average. To be fair, the Irish had no passing game and the normally dominant Notre Dame offensive line did him few favors, but Adams struggled to produce with limited opportunities he was given. His lack of speed to the outside really showed vs. the play speed of the Hurricanes' defense and even when the hole was there, Adams doesn't always show the needed urgency to attack expiring run lanes. Adams has linebacker size and will bounce off defenders, but his lack of grace in short spaces also stands out, bouncing off his own blockers and disrupting the timing of the play. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/30/17 - OCT 30 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JOSH ADAMS, NOTRE DAME, Junior, Running Back, Warrington, PA/Central Bucks South...Josh Adams rushed for 202 yards (on 27 carries) and one touchdown as ninth-ranked Notre Dame defeated 14th-ranked North Carolina State, 35-14. Adams scored on a 77-yard run as the Fighting Irish improved to 7-1. Notes: Josh Adams is the sixth Notre Dame player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second offensive honoree (Brady Quinn, QB, Sept. 24, 2006). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
10/28/17 - Running back Josh Adams rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown as No. 9 Notre Dame rolled past No. 14 North Carolina State 35-14 on Saturday. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Fighting Irish won for the sixth straight time, improving to 7-1 and remaining in the College Football Playoff conversation. The Wolfpack (6-2) saw their winning streak snapped at six games, struggling to mount consistent offense to match Notre Dame. An offensive line bookended by tackles Mike McGlinchey and Tommy Kraemer helped open holes for the Notre Dame rushing attack, which struck early, persistently and at opportune times, gaining 318 yards on 54 attempts.
Notre Dame's third-quarter defensive heroics shifted the complexion of a game after the Fighting Irish led 21-14 at halftime. With the Wolfpack driving inside Fighting Irish territory, cornerback Julian Love intercepted N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley and weaved 69 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown with 12:05 left in the quarter. Finley had thrown 339 consecutive passes without an interception before Love dashed in front of a pass intended for Kelvin Harmon and scampered for his second interception return touchdown of 2017. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/17 - Running back Josh Adams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush led another impressive Notre Dame rushing attack on Saturday, sparking the No. 13 Fighting Irish to a 49-14 rout of No. 11 USC. Adams (19 carries, 191 yards) and Wimbush (14 carries, 106 yards) combined for five touchdowns. With both Adams and Wimbush eclipsing the 100-yard mark, it marked the fourth time Notre Dame has had multiple players in that category this season. In the previous 15 seasons before 2017, the Fighting Irish had multiple 100-yard rushers just five times. Notre Dame (6-2) gashed USC (6-2) for 377 yards on the ground, well above the Trojans' defensive average of 146.7 rushing yards allowed entering the game. The Fighting Irish outgained USC, 497-336, overall. Notre Dame surged to a 28-0 halftime lead by converting three USC turnovers into touchdowns. The only other time the Fighting Irish enjoyed a wider halftime cushion on their longtime rival was 1966, when Notre Dame turned a 31-0 edge at intermission into a 51-0 victory. - The Sports Xchange
10/07/17 - Deon McIntosh ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns while No. 21 Notre Dame allowed its defense to control most of the game in defeating North Carolina 33-10 on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. Josh Adams added 118 yards and one long touchdown run for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame (5-1) used backup quarterback Ian Book, a sophomore, in place of injured starter Brandon Wimbush, and it still had enough firepower to overwhelm the Tar Heels (1-5). Adams, whose 73-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the longest play of the game, had only two of his 13 carries in the second half. Book, who had thrown a total of eight college passes prior to the game, completed 17 of 31 passes for 146 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions. Much of the game was played in the rain. Wimbush missed the game with a strained right foot that apparently was suffered a week earlier during a romp past Miami of Ohio. - The Sports Xchange