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Adam Carriker

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 296 | College: Nebraska
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One of the Big 12's most dominant defensive players, Carriker has drawn favorable comparisons to New England Patriots standout Richard Seymour. Both have the explosive burst to penetrate the backfield and the range to chase down ball carriers along the perimeter.

The team's 2004 Lifter of the Year, not only does Carriker have impressive strength and an imposing frame, but has also excelled in the classroom. He is a three-time All-Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member.

Carriker was a standout quarterback and rush end at Kennewick High School in Washington. Even though his team did not win a game his senior year, he still earned second-team All-Big Nine Conference honors on defense and played in the state all-star game. Carriker recorded 15 sacks, five pass break-ups, four forced fumbles and 25 tackles for loss in his only season as a defensive end.

He was a three-year starter at quarterback and served as a team captain three years. He ran track one year and earned All-Conference baseball honors three times as a designated hitter and first baseman. Academically, he was named to the Principal's list.

Carriker attended Big Red Football School in 2001, and also visited Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State before choosing to enroll at Nebraska in 2002, spending the season as a defensive end on the scout team. A high ankle sprain in 2003 would sideline the reserve defensive end for three games. In limited action in nine contests, he made three tackles (2 solos) with a 9-yard sack and three pressures.

His ankle problems continued in 2004, costing him one game of action. He would go on to play in 10 games, starting four at right defensive end before shifting to left end for the final four games. He produced 36 tackles (19 solos) with three sacks, seven stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven pressures.

Carriker started all year at "Base" (right) defensive end in 2005. He earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors and was named the team's Defensive MVP. He ranked seventh on the team with 43 tackles (26 solos), but he led the conference and ranked 15th in the nation with 9.5 sacks. His 17 stops for losses were a team-high and placed him fourth in the league. He added 21 pressures with three pass deflections and recovered one fumble.

In 2006, Carriker was named All-Big 12 Conference first-team, Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, All-American third-team and team Defensive MVP. He started every game at "Base" defensive end, finishing with 52 tackles (24 solos), as he led the team with seven sacks and ranked second with 16 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He picked off a pass and deflected 12 others while also blocking a kick. He was also credited with 12 quarterback pressures.

In 45 games at Nebraska, Carriker started 34 times. He collected 134 tackles (71 solos) with 20.5 sacks for minus-156 yards and 41 stops for losses totaling 184 yards. He posted 43 quarterback pressures and recovered one fumble. He also batted away six passes, picked off another and blocked one kick.


Positives: Has a well-built frame with long arms, good chest muscle definition, tight waist, good bubble and decent thickness in his thighs and calves … Lacks sudden explosiveness, but shows the initial quickness, balance and body control to charge hard in his backside pursuit … Keeps his pads down nicely for a player of his size, allowing him to gain position and hold his base well vs. double teams … Has the functional change of direction agility to work his way down the line … Demonstrates a punishing hand punch and excellent overall strength to easily handle multiple blockers, stack and control … Plants his foot into the ground to anchor at the point of attack and is quite effective at shooting the gaps when working in-line … Leader by example type, but the staff says he will not only play with pain, but simply refuses to come off the field when hurt … Has a strong work ethic and is a good program type who does not hesitate to mentor the younger players … Just adequate coming off the line, but uses his long arm reach and strength to gain advantage out of his stance … Might be a better fit for tackle due to his lack of edge quickness, but he has the strength and size to destroy interior blockers on contact and bull rush with consistency … Shows valid instincts and great vision to quickly locate and run to the ball … Aware of blocking schemes and does a good job of locking out blockers and locating the ball at the X's … Solid wrap-up tackler whose strength lets him quickly disengage from blocks … Has the lower body power in his anchor to neutralize double-team action, consistently stacking while holding ground … Has enough speed to slip off some blocks and uses his hands well to keep the opponent off his body … His arm strength lets him consistently gain separation, stuff and shed … Also has the feet to adjust on the move … Shows good desire and effort in his lateral pursuit (more on short area play than going long distances) … Does a nice job of neutralizing the outside run and forcing it back inside … His long arms let him engulf ball carriers, showing good strike form to wrap, secure and take down … Presses the corner well and uses his strength to compensate for adequate speed in attempts to pressure the pocket … Gives a good second effort in attempts to disengage … Lacks the extra burst to close on the quarterback, but will collide and push blockers back into the pocket … Has enough functional quickness to pursue from the backside.

Negatives: More of a power-oriented pass rusher than an explosive edge rusher, making him a better candidate to play one-gap as a defensive tackle … Has a strong hand punch, but needs to recoil and set quicker when engaging blockers … Also must keep his hands active, as he lacks ideal chop and rip moves when trying to disengage … Lacks an array of moves as a pass rusher and is more of a "meat and potatoes" type who prefers to punish the blocker rather than try to avoid … Might be at maximum growth potential, as the added bulk on his frame in 2006 impeded his explosion off the snap.

Compares To: RICHARD SEYMOUR-New England … Carriker is more suited to play like Seymour does in the 3-4 alignment -- out on the edge as a run stuffer and inside as a pass rusher. He has outstanding strength and size, but needs to develop better hand usage in his attempts to disengage. He does a good job of splitting double teams and does a good job of keeping his feet when moving through trash. He won't spend most of his time chasing down quarterbacks, as he doesn't have the explosive closing speed. But he is very effective at pushing blockers back into the pocket. With his size/strength combination, using him as anything outside of the way that Seymour plays would be wasting his athletic ability.

Career Notes

Ranks sixth in school history with 20.5 quarterback sacks, topped by Broderick Thomas (22.5, 1985-88), Danny Noonan (24, 1984-86), Jim Skow (26, 1983-85), Grant Wistrom (26.5, 1994-97) and Trev Alberts (29.5, 1990-93) … Ranks fourth in school history with 41 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, placing behind Wistrom (58.5), Alberts (45) and Skow (44) …

His 9.5 sacks in 2005 rank 13th on Nebraska's single-season record list while his 17 stops for losses that year rank tied for ninth.

2006 Season

All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and Rivals.com … First-team All-Big 12 Conference choice by the league's coaches, Associated Press, Kansas City Star and Austin American-Statesman, adding second-team honors from the Dallas Morning News and Ft. Worth Star-Telegram … Named the league's Defensive Lineman of the Year by the opposing coaches … Earned team Defensive MVP honors for the second consecutive year … Member of the Lombardi, Nagurski, Bednarik and Lott Trophy Watch Lists … Added All-Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll recognition for the third-straight year … Also selected first-team Academic All-Big 12, having graduated in December with a degree Business Administration … Started every game at "Base" defensive end, finishing eighth on the squad with 52 tackles (24 solos) … Led the squad with seven sacks for minus 45 yards and ranked second with 16 stops for losses of 61 yards … Credited with twelve quarterback pressures … Deflected three passes and picked off another … Also blocked one kick … Made 51 of his plays vs. the run and 13 more vs. the pass … Delivered eleven third-down stops in run force.

2006 SEASON Analysis

Louisiana Tech … Carriker opened the year in strong fashion, notching a sack on the

Bulldogs' opening series of the game. He finished the contest with three tackles, two

tackles for loss, a sack and two quarterback pressures … On the game's third play, he sacked QB Zac Champion for a 7-yard loss (third-&-12), forcing Tech to punt … On the next drive, he pressured Champion out of the pocket and the quarterback was then sacked for a 10-yard loss by fellow defensive end Jay Moore … He also took down Patrick Jackson behind the line of scrimmage on a fourth quarter rushing attempt … Head to Head Competition-OT#77-Bill Jones.

Nicholls State … Carriker tied for the team lead with six tackles (2 solos), including one for a loss, while helping the Husker defense deny an opponent a pass completion for the first time since Oklahoma State in 1992 … He also took down Dwayne Jones for a 1-yard loss on a run off right tackle early in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#73-Davonn Dulton.

Southern California … Made two assisted tackles and recorded a pass break-up against the

fourth-ranked Trojans … Head to Head Competition-OT#78-Kyle Williams.

Troy … In a 56-0 shutout of the Trojans, Carriker had one tackle for loss among his three

stops, while registering a pass deflection and two quarterback pressures. The shutout was

Nebraska's first since the 2003 season … Late in the first quarter, he stopped QB Omar Hauigabook for a 3-yard loss on a bootleg and then pressured the passer into throwing an incomplete pass on third-&-14, forcing Troy to punt with less than nine minutes left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Kirbie Bodiford.

Kansas … Carriker posted one of the top outings of his senior season in a 39-32 Husker

overtime victory. He finished with a season-high eight tackles (3 solos), including three stops for loss, tying his season-high … Carriker also added a quarterback pressure against the Jayhawks as the Nebraska defense forced four turnovers … .His pressure resulted in Adam Barmann throwing a pass that was intercepted by Andrew Shanle for a 19-yard return less than five minutes into the game, setting up a 6-yard touchdown toss from Husker QB Zac Taylor to Todd Peterson … Killed a late second quarter drive, forcing Kansas to punt when Carriker tackled tailback Jon Cornish for a 1-yard loss on a third-&-1 run off left tackle … He would again take down Cornish two more times for losses before the game would conclude … Head to Head Competition-OT#78-Anthony Collins.

Iowa State … Carriker recorded a pair of quarterback pressures in a 28-14 road victory

over the Cyclones … Head to Head Competition-OT#75-Aaron Brant.

Kansas State … Carriker did not register a tackle during the win over Kansas State, but he played a key role in holding the Wildcats to just 22 yards rushing in a 21-3 Husker win …

Head to Head Competition-OT#64-Nick Stringer.

Texas … Carriker had five tackles (2 solos), including a pair of solo stops, and added a quarterback pressure as Nebraska fell just short of knocking off the fifth-ranked Long-horns in a 22-20 loss … On the game's first play from scrimmage, the Husker defensive end took down Selvin Young after a first-&-goal run netted 4 yards … Midway through the second quarter, he stopped Young for no gain on a rushing attempt up the middle of the line … Head to Head Competition-OT#74-Adam Ulatoski.

Oklahoma State … Carriker experienced one of the finest games of his career, totaling six

Tackles (5 solos), two sacks and three stops for losers of 16 yards. His performance moved him into sixth on the Nebraska career sacks list, and into the top 10 on the Nebraska tackles for loss charts … In addition to his day in the OSU backfield, he also blocked his first career kick on a second quarter point-after attempt … On the game's third play from scrimmage, he sacked QB Bobby Reid for a 7-yard loss on third-&-5, forcing OSU to punt … Later in the first quarter, he tackled Dantrell Savage for a 6-yard loss and then sacked Reid again for minus 3 yards in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#75-Corey Hilliard.

Missouri … In Nebraska's crucial North Division victory, Carriker finished the day with two solo tackles. His biggest play of the 34-20 victory was his first career interception deep in Tiger territory late in the first quarter, when he picked off a Chase Daniels pass. Nebraska converted the takeaway, as Zac Taylor fired a 7-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Purify to open up a 17-0 lead in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#74-Joel Clinger.

Texas A&M … Carriker continued his strong play as Nebraska wrapped up the North

Division crown. He had six total tackles (5 assists), including two stops for losses of 3 yards and a sack … His 1-yard sack of Aggie quarterback Stephen McGee came on the game's final play, capping a thrilling 28-27 NU victory … Head to Head Competition-OT#54-Corey Clark.

Colorado … Closed his Nebraska home career by dominating the line of scrimmage in a 37-14 win over the Buffs. He finished the afternoon with seven tackles (3 solos), a season-high three stops for minus 19 yards and tied his career high with two sacks … Both of his sacks resulted in nine-yard losses by QB Bernard Jackson, including one on third-&-3 midway through the second quarter … His other tackle for loss came in the Colorado end zone resulting in a safety when he dragged down Mel Holliday to give Nebraska a 23-14 lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#63-Jack Tipton.

Oklahoma … Carriker did not record a tackle in the Big 12 title game, but did play a key

role in helping Nebraska limit Oklahoma to a season-low 42 rushing yards … Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Trent Williams.

Auburn (Cotton Bowl) … Closed out his career with four tackles (3 solos), including a 9-yard sack of QB Brandon Cox on a third-&-10 play in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#79-Jonathan Palmer.

2005 Season

Chosen as Nebraska's Defensive MVP in a vote of his teammates … First-team All-Big 12 Conference selection by the Dallas Morning News and the Associated Press, adding second-team honors from the league's coaches … Was a key factor in Nebraska leading the nation in sacks (50) and tackles for losses (124), as Carriker led the Huskers in sacks (9.5 for minus 84 yards) and ranked second on the team with 17 stops for losses totaling 96 yards … Added 21 pressures, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery …

Named ABC Sports/Chevrolet Player of the Game for his performance in the Pittsburgh game.

2005 Game Analysis

Maine … Carriker began his junior season by notching two of the Huskers' school record-tying 11 sacks in the team's 25-7 win over Maine … He was one of three Huskers to collect a pair of sacks, and made four solo tackles with a quarterback pressure.

Wake Forest … Sacked QB Ben Mauk for a 14-yard loss while deflecting one pass and making two stops.

Pittsburgh … Had perhaps the finest game of his career during the Huskers' 7-6 win, as Carriker proved to be a disruptive force all game, tallying a career-best four stops for losses of 26 yards and two sacks of Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko for minus 21 yards …

He made seven stops from his base end position and added one pressure and a pass deflection to earn ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Game honors.

Iowa State … Carriker made six tackles (2 solos) and added two quarterback pressures during NU's double-overtime 27-20 win.

Texas Tech … Recorded his team-leading sixth sack for a 13-yard loss on QB Sonny Cumbie and added a pressure.

Baylor … Collected one tackle for loss and two pressures in a 23-14 win against the Bears.

Missouri … Carriker made two stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a 5-yard sack of QB Brad Smith among his five stops, while adding a pair of quarterback pressures.

Oklahoma … Carriker recorded the Huskers' lone sack for minus 6 yards and another tackle for loss on three total stops.

Kansas?Carriker made six tackles, including four solo stops, and recovered his first career fumble to set up a third-quarter Nebraska touchdown.

Kansas State … Notched three tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, adding a 6-yard sack while setting a single-game high with five quarterback pressures.

Colorado … Carriker made four tackles, two for losses, and shared a 12-yard sack in Nebraska's 30-3 win … Also added two quarterback pressures.

2004 Season

Honored as his team's Lifter of the Year for his performance in the training room … Was a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll … Started the team's first two games at right defensive end, but suffered a high ankle sprain vs. Southern Mississippi that forced him to sit out the Pittsburgh game the ensuing week … He was slowed with the injury for much of October, accumulating just three combined tackles against Kansas, Texas Tech and Baylor … Started two more games at right end upon his return before shifting to left end, where he started the team's final four contests … Finished with 36 tackles (19 solos), three sacks for minus 18 yards and seven stops for losses of 38 yards … Also credited with seven quarterback pressures.

2004 Game Analysis

Western Illinois … Carriker registered two sacks for minus 14 yards, adding four tackles and one pressure.

Kansas State … Added nine tackles (8 assists) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Missouri … Followed with five tackles and a season-high four quarterback pressures in a 24-3 win.

Iowa State … Registered six tackles (4 solos) and a 4-yard sack.

Oklahoma … Posted five tackles (4 solos).

2003 Season

Carriker opened the season playing extensively in passing situations before injuring his ankle vs. Utah State in the second game of the season … Missed the next three games vs. Penn State, Southern Mississippi and Troy State before returning to action at Missouri …

Totaled three tackles (2 solos) with a 9-yard sack and three quarterback pressures in nine contests.

2003 Game Analysis

Carriker registered two tackles vs. Iowa State … In the Colorado contest, he had three quarterback pressures and ended a CU drive in the third quarter with a nine-yard sack of QB Joel Klatt.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2003: Suffered a high ankle sprain vs. Utah State (9/06), missing the next three games vs. Penn State, Southern Mississippi and Troy State.

2004: Sat out the Pittsburgh contest after suffering a high ankle sprain vs. Southern Mississippi.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.85 in the 40-yard dash … 440-pound bench press … 600-pound squat … 370-pound power clean … 33 5/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Kennewick (Wash.) High School, playing football for head coach Warren Hull …

Played quarterback and defensive end … Even though his did not win a game his senior year, Carriker still earned second-team All-Big Nine Conference honors on defense and played in the state all-star game … Recorded 15 sacks, five pass deflections, four forced fumbles and 25 tackles for loss in his only season as a defensive end … Was a three-year starter at quarterback and served as a team captain three years … Ran track one year and earned All-Conference baseball honors three times as a designated hitter and first baseman … Academically, he was named to the Principal's list.


Graduated in December 2006 with a degree in Business Administration … Three-time Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member … After graduation, he was married to the former Angela McBride, the sister of former Husker defensive end Jeff McBride …

Volunteers his time as part of Nebraska's hospital visitations and as a speaker during American Education Week … Born 5/06/84 in Hastings, Nebraska … Resides in Kennewick, Washington, where his family moved to when he was three years old.


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