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Titus Adams

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 306 | College: Nebraska
 
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Overview

An anchor in the middle of Nebraska's revived defensive line, Adams led a unit that led the nation in quarterback sacks (50) and stops behind the line of scrimmage (124) in 2005. He teamed with Le Kevin Smith to give the Cornhuskers one of the best defensive tackle tandems in college football.

While he excelled on the football field, he also garnered honors away from the game. He graduated in December 2005 with a degree in Business Administration and was a first-team Academic All-Big Twelve Conference pick in 2003. He was twice named to the Big Twelve Commissioner's Honor Roll during his Nebraska career.

Adams was a member of the 2004 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his work in the community, as he has been involved in a number of community outreach activities, including American Education Week, School is Cool Week, and was a volunteer speaker at Omaha's St. James School and the Quality Living Program in Omaha.

Adams was a two-time All-Nebraska defensive lineman at Creighton Prep High School. He was a three-year starter and helped the Junior Jays to a Class A state title in 1999 and a runner-up finish in 2000. Adams was a two-year Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska selection and the honorary defensive captain in 2000. He was a two-time Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honoree and that publication's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He also earned All-America honors from Parade, Prep Star, Student Sports and Rivals.com.

Adams attended Big Red Football School in 2000. He recorded 81 tackles as a senior, including 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and 15 quarterback pressures. While he was heavily recruited by Tennessee and Iowa State, he only visited Nebraska and decided to enroll there in 2001.

Adams spent that season redshirting for the Huskers. He earned Big Twelve academic honors in 2002, as he produced 21 tackles with two sacks and six pressures in thirteen games as a reserve defensive end. Adams played in thirteen more contests in 2003 as an end, coming up with 27 tackles (11 solos), three pressures, two fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions.

Adams took over nose tackle (guard) duties as a junior. He registered 37 tackles (17 solos) with eight stops behind the line of scrimmage and nine pressures. In 2005, he earned All-Big Twelve honorable mention. He played in every game, delivering 50 tackles (26 solos) with 1.5 sacks, five stops for losses and eight pressures.

In 49 games with the Huskers, Adams started 22 times. He recorded 135 tackles (60 solos) with 3.5 sacks for minus-29 yards, 16 stops for losses of 42 yards and 26 quarterback pressures. He recovered two fumbles, deflected three passes and intercepted two others.

Analysis

Positives: Has good lower body power and above average change of direction agility for a player of his size … Generates a good initial burst to get an edge on the outside shoulder of an offensive guard … quick to diagnose blocking schemes and takes good angles in pursuit … Effective wrap-up tackler who is best when making plays down the line … Has the short burst needed to bull rush and when he stays low in his pads, he can stand up blockers.

Negatives: Needs to add more upper body strength … Lets blockers into his chest too often and needs to develop better hand placement … Shows good effort to make the play, but has had stamina issues, running out of gas as the game progresses … Too slow using his hands in attempts to shed … Has no pass rush moves and is more of a bull rusher who can pressure the pocket, but not finish the deal … Tends to get too upright in his stance, which makes it hard to create a pile or split double teams.

Adams has a thick frame with a barrel chest, thick upper body, soft midsection and wide hips. He lacked stamina in the past when playing over 320 pounds, but dropped some bulk during the 2005 offseason and his speed and agility improved in the process. He has good agility and balance coming out of his stance and shows a quick short area burst.

Adams has enough acceleration to get into the gaps, but needs to add more strength in order to create piles at the line of scrimmage. He has a decent feel playing off blocks and can locate the ball, but will not be able to get to it if he has to pursue long distances. He has good balance ion the move and is better making plays along the line. For some reason, despite his lower body strength, he can get pushed out and turned when trying to anchor or plug the rush lanes.

The problem there is that he lets blockers get into his body too often. Adams plays too high in his stance and even on the rare times that he can stack and control, he can get positioned vs. combo blocks. When working in-line, he needs to develop better hand placement, as he looks sluggish getting his hands up in attempts to disengage. He shows good fight on the chase, but has trouble clearing his feet and getting into long pursuit.

Adams shows decent strength behind his tackles and the strength to drag down ballcarriers. When taking on plays in front of him, he does a good job of getting square to deliver a crunching hit. He needs to protect his legs better vs. cut blocks and lacks an array of pass rush moves, but has the short area burst and change of direction agility to flush the quarterback out of the pocket. However, he does not have the speed to finish the deal, even though the effort is there.

Adams is a blue-collar type who is not the fastest down lineman you will find, but is pretty mobile for a player his size. He can recognize blocking schemes, but does not have the acceleration to make plays when having to run long to get to the action. He has played nose guard in college and has the size to play there, but does not have great stamina or great hand usage to be considered a two-gap player. His marginal pass rushing skills will limit him to run force duties at the next level. He might be able to disrupt the pocket, but finishing the play is another issue.

Career Notes

Two-time member of the Big Twelve Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll … Honored in 2004 for his community service … Paced a defense that led the nation with 50 quarterback sacks and 124 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2005 … Has never missed a game due to an injury.

2005 Season

Honorable-Mention All-Big Twelve Conference by the league's coaches … Recipient of the Cletus Fischer Native Son Award … Started eleven games at nose guard, coming off the bench vs. Missouri when the Huskers opened with a four-linebacker formation … Recorded a career-high 50 tackles (26 solos) with 1.5 sacks for minus 12 yards and five stops for losses of 15 yards … Credited with eight quarterback pressures and two pass break-ups.

2005 Game Analysis

Maine … Opened the season with two tackles and a pass deflection … Head to Head Competition -- OG Shawn DeMaray.

Wake Forest … Added five tackles (3 solos) and sacked QB Ben Mauk for a 7-yard loss … Head to Head Competition -- OG Arby Jones.

Pittsburgh … Held to one assisted tackle … Head to Head Competition -- OG Dale Williams.

Iowa State … Credited with two solo tackles, including one that stopped tailback Greg Coleman for a 1-yard loss in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OG Kory Pence.

Texas Tech … Collected three hits (2 assists) … Head to Head Competition -- OG E.J. Whitley.

Baylor … Followed with one solo tackle … Head to Head Competition -- OG Lequa McDonald.

Missouri … Limited to a pair of stops … Head to Head Competition -- OG Tony Palmer.

Oklahoma … Finally got untracked, posting eight tackles (6 assists), teaming with defensive end Jay Moore to stop tailback Kejuan Jones for a 2-yard loss on a fourth quarter run up the middle … Head to Head Competition -- OG Kelvin Chaisson.

Kansas … Continued his second half resurgence with eleven tackles (9 solos) … Took down tailback Clark Green for a 1-yard loss midway through the first quarter and on the next play, he pressured QB Jason Swanson out of the pocket and Swanson was then sacked for a 2-yard loss by linebacker Corey McKeon that resulted in a safety 7:05 into the game …

Head to Head Competition -- OG Bob Whitaker.

Kansas State … Had his third-straight solid performance, registering a career-high twelve tackles (5 solos) … Head to Head Competition -- OG John Hafferty.

Colorado … Assisted defensive end Jay Moore in sacking QB Joel Klatt for a 10-yard loss early in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OG Edwin Harrison.

Michigan (Alamo Bowl) … Closed out his career with one assisted tackle … Head to Head Competition -- OG Reuben Riley.

2004 Season

Member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team … Started ten games at nose guard, coming off the bench vs. Texas Tech … Recorded 37 tackles (17 solos) with eight stops for losses of 9 yards and nine quarterback pressures.

2004 Game Analysis

Western Illinois … Began the season with five tackles (2 solos) and three stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Southern Mississippi and Pittsburgh … Followed with four tackles in each game.

Kansas … Added three hits, including one that stopped tailback Clark Green for a 3-yard loss.

Baylor … Posted five tackles with two stops for losses of 2 yards.

Texas Tech, Iowa State and Colorado … Totaled three tackles in each contest.

Oklahoma … Delivered three more hits, including one that stopped tailback Adrian Peterson for a 1-yard loss.

2003 Season

Played in every game as a reserve defensive end … .Also saw action inside at tackle in passing situations … Finished with 27 tackles (11 solos) and three pressures … Recovered two fumbles … Deflected a pass and intercepted two others.

2003 Game Analysis

Texas … Collected a season-high five tackles (2 solos) and gained 3 yards on an interception return.

Texas A&M … Returned an interception 3 yards for a touchdown.

Oklahoma State … Delivered three hits and a pressure.

Utah State … In his only start, Adams recovered a fumble and had three tackles with a pressure.

Troy State … Recovered another fumble and made two assisted tackles.

Kansas … Followed with a four-tackle performance.

2002 Season

Appeared in thirteen games, recording 21 tackles (6 solos) with two sacks for minus 17 yards and three stops for losses of 18 yards … Also had six quarterback pressures … Had

a season-high five stops with an 8-yard sack vs. Utah State, and four each vs. Kansas and McNeese State … Added a 9-yard sack vs. Kansas when he also had a pressure that caused an interception … Filled in at rush end against Kansas when the Huskers were hit hard by injury at the position.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.11 in the 40-yard dash.330-pound bench press … 540-pound squat … 330-pound power clean … 26-inch vertical jump.

Combine: 5.13-second 40-yard dash. … 30 1/2-inch vertical jump. … 8'07" broad jump. … Bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

High School

Attended Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.) High School, playing football for head coach Tom Jaworski … Two-time All-Nebraska defensive lineman … Three-year starter and helped the Junior Jays to a Class A state title in 1999 and a runner-up finish in 2000 … Two-year Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska selection and the honorary defensive captain in 2000 … Two-time Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honoree and that publication's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … Also earned All-America honors from Parade, Prep Star, Student Sports and Rivals.com … Recorded 81 tackles as a senior, including 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and 15 quarterback pressures.

Personal

Graduated in December 2005 with a degree in Business Administration … Named to the Big Twelve Commissioner's Honor Roll twice during his Nebraska career … Selected to the 2004 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his work in the community … Has been involved in a number of community outreach activities, including American Education Week, School is Cool Week, and was a volunteer speaker at Omaha's St. James School and the Quality Living Program in Omaha … Son of Frances Adams and Jerry Johnson … Born 1/28/83 … Resides in Omaha, Nebraska.

 
 

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