Fifth-year senior enters his third year as a starting cornerback . . . talented all-around athlete has displayed the knack for making big plays . . . featured on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik (defensive player of the year) and Thorpe Awards (nation's best defensive back) as well as the Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player) . . . preseason All-America selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview (second team), Lindy's (second team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (third team) . . . ranked No. 86 among college football's Top 100 players, according to Yahoo! Sports . . . rated among the country's top cornerbacks by Lindy's (No. 3) and Phil Steele (No. 4) . . . ranked among the nation's top draft-eligible cornerbacks by CBSSports.com (No. 1) and NFLDraftScout.com (No. 6) . . . featured on the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Trophy Watch List . . . rated the No. 1 defensive back in the Big Ten by BTN.com's Tom Deinhart . . . listed as the Big Ten's "Best Cover Corner" by Lindy's . . . named Big Ten preseason Player to Watch . . . preseason All-Big Ten first-team selection by CBSSports.com, Phil Steele, Lindy's, Athlon Sports and Blue Ribbon Magazine . . . named to the All-Big Ten Spring Defensive Team by BTN.com . . . hauled in a 45-yard reception playing wide receiver for the White in the April 28 spring game . . . recorded two interceptions in the first MSU spring scrimmage on April 14; on the last play, ran back his second pick 41 yards for a touchdown . . . three-year letterwinner has played in 42 career games, including 28 starts . . . two-time All-Big Ten selection (2010 - coaches second team; 2011 - coaches first team and media second team) . . . has 122 career tackles and 25 passes defended (eight interceptions, 17 PBUs) . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in interception return yards (fourth with 219) and interceptions (tied for 20th with eight).
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Has 12 tackles in three bowl games . . . tied for third on the team against Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl with seven tackles . . . recorded three tackles in the 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia.
First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a second-team pick by the media ... also an All-Big Ten pick by Phil Steele (second team) ... started 12 games at boundary corner (did not play in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl due to toe injury) ... collected 35 tackles, including 3.0 for losses (9 yards) ... ranked tied for team lead and eighth in the Big Ten with three interceptions ... tied for the team lead and ranked 16th in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended (three interceptions, seven pass break-ups) ... tied for second on the team with seven pass break-ups ... recipient of the team's Downtown Coaches Club Award for the most outstanding senior on defense ... recorded a career-high two interceptions (11 yards) in the win at Minnesota ... posted four stops and had a quarterback hurry vs. Northwestern.
Had four tackles and a pass break-up vs. No. 21 Nebraska ... collected six tackles and a pass break-up at Indiana ... produced three tackles, including 2.0 for losses (3 yards) and a 2-yard sack, against No. 20 Notre Dame ... picked off his first pass of the season at Central Michigan and also tallied three tackles and two pass break-ups ... recorded five tackles in the season-opening win over No. 24 Boise State, including one for a 6-yard loss ... featured on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik (defensive player of the year) and Thorpe Awards (nation's best defensive back) as well as the Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player) ... preseason All-America selection by Sports Illustrated (second team), Phil Steele's College Football Preview (second team), Lindy's (second team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (third team).
All-Big Ten first-team selection by the coaches and second-team pick by the media . . . also an All-Big Ten selection by ESPN.com (first team) and Yahoo! Sports (second team) . . . started 13 games at boundary corner and saw action in all 14 games . . . finished eighth on the team with a career-high 51 tackles, including a career-high 4.0 for losses (35 yards) and 3.0 sacks (32 yards) . . . led team and tied for ninth in the Big Ten with nine passes defended (three interceptions, six pass break-ups) . . . tied for seventh in the Big Ten with three interceptions and his 141 interception return yards were third most in an MSU season and ranked seventh in the NCAA FBS . . . earned honorable mention CFPA Defensive Back of the Week accolades after his excellent all-around game in the win over Indiana (23 production points): recorded an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown, the fourth-longest interception return in MSU history; compiled three tackles, including a 14-yard sack; also broke up a pass . . . had four tackles and returned an interception 30 yards in the first quarter at Iowa, setting up MSU's second touchdown in the Spartans' 37-21 victory over the Hawkeyes . . . compiled five tackles against Minnesota . . . recorded his first interception of the season at No. 13 Nebraska and returned it 25 yards, setting up an MSU field goal in the second quarter; also had five tackles against the Cornhuskers . . . tied his career high with seven tackles and also had a quarterback hurry in the win over No. 4 Wisconsin . . . registered four tackles, two pass break-ups and two quarterback hurries in MSU's fourth-straight win over Michigan; his 10-yard sack of Denard Robinson on fourth-and-1 on the MSU 9-yard line late in the fourth quarter helped seal the Spartan victory . . . collected four tackles, including an 8-yard sack, at Ohio State . . . made five tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss, at Notre Dame . . . tied career highs with seven tackles and two pass break-ups in 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State; had a season-best 24 production points against the Penguins.
All-Big Ten second-team selection by the league's coaches, Rivals.com and Phil Steele . . . received All-Big Ten honorable mention from the media . . . started all 13 games in 2010 (11 starts at fi eld corner and two at boundary corner) . . . ranked seventh on the team with 50 tackles, including two for losses (3 yards) . . . tied for sixth in the Big Ten in both interceptions (3) and pass break-ups (7) . . . finished ninth in the Big Ten in passes defended with 10 (0.77 per game) . . . matched his career high with seven tackles in the 2011 Capital One Bowl vs. No. 15 Alabama . . . recorded six stops and a career-best two pass break-ups at Penn State . . . recovered a blocked punt (by Denicos Allen) in the fourth quarter at the Purdue 3-yard line that set up MSU's game-winning touchdown against the Boilermakers . . . his blocked punt in the second quarter vs. Minnesota set up Edwin Baker's 1-yard TD run that gave MSU a 21-0 halftime lead . . . produced a career-high seven tackles - all solos including one for a 2-yard loss - at Northwestern . . . also forced a fumble and recovered another fumble against the Wildcats . . . recorded his third interception of the season vs. Illinois and returned it 31 yards to set up a Spartan field goal . . . posted six tackles and an interception at the goal line at No. 18 Michigan . . . his first interception of the season came vs. Notre Dame, picking off Dayne Crist at the Spartan 6-yard line to prevent an Irish scoring drive . . . added four stops and a pass break-up against the Irish . . . tallied five stops vs. Florida Atlantic at Ford Field . . . recorded five tackles and a pass break-up in the 2010 season opener vs. Western Michigan
Granted a medical redshirt after missing 10 games with a shoulder injury in 2009 . . . saw action in just three games (vs. Montana State, Central Michigan and Michigan).
Saw action in 12 games as a true freshman in 2008, including two starts (vs. Iowa and Purdue) . . . earned his way into the playing rotation as a true freshman because of his competitiveness . . . collected 21 tackles (15 solos, 6 assists), including two for losses (2 yards) . . . tied for second on the team with two interceptions and tied for fifth in pass break-ups with four . . . recorded three solo tackles against Georgia in the 2009 Capital One Bowl . . . in his second career start, returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown with nine seconds left in the first half vs. Purdue, giving MSU a 14-0 halftime lead . . . recorded his first career interception at Northwestern, picking off C.J. Bacher's pass in the end zone in the second quarter . . . also had two tackles against the Wildcats . . . in his first career start, tallied six tackles (5-1) vs. Iowa, including one for a loss . . . registered two solo tackles vs. Notre Dame, including one for a 1-yard loss . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 7, 2008, for the beginning of the spring semester.
Rated among the nation's top cornerbacks by Rivals.com (No. 34) . . . listed among the country's top athletes by Scouts, Inc. (No. 46) . . . nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 69) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 23), Scouts, Inc. (No. 28) and Scout.com (No. 32) . . . four-year starter at Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio . . . earned all-city honors as a senior after recording 115 tackles and three interceptions for Coach Ricky Powers . . . team MVP accounted for 1,800 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns in 2007 . . . registered six solo tackles, including three sacks, in the season finale vs. Akron East . . . had five solo hits vs. Garfield, including four sacks . . . made seven solo tackles vs. Kenmore and returned a kickoff 86 yards for a TD . . . scored on a 64-yard reception vs. Ellet . . . returned a fumble 70 yards for a TD vs. Warren G. Harding . . . first-team all-district and all-city selection as a junior . . . accounted for 2,200 all-purpose yards and 13 TDs in 2006 . . . led the Griffins with six interceptions as a junior, returning three for scores . . . returned three kicks for TDs in 2006, including two punts and a kickoff . . . returned nine punts for scores as a sophomore, including three in a game vs. Central Hower . . . also returned two kickoffs and an interception for TDs in 2005 . . . returned three punts as a freshman, with two resulting in TDs . . . also returned an interception for a score vs. Hoban in 2004 . . . also participated in basketball and track . . . honorable mention all-state selection in basketball as a junior after averaging 15.4 points and 8.3 assists . . . member of Buchtel's 4x100 relay that finished second in the state in 2006.
Son of Johnny Adams and Gwen Simpson . . . born June 9, 1989 . . . majoring in sociology.
- 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: Michigan State football's Johnny Adams played half the season with injury...Former Michigan State cornerback Johnny Adams was back in front of the media on Wednesday, perspiring as though he was lined up one-on-one across from Detroit Lions' star Calvin Johnson. Adams, who had not met with local media since his final home game on Nov. 17, can be forgiven if he's a little gun-shy; some NFL Draft reports on him have been less than flattering.
But an NFL scout who spoke with MLive on a condition of anonymity said Adams graded out higher than any of the three Michigan State underclassmen who declared early for the draft. "He's a second-third round grade,'' the scout said. "I was watching more film on him, and I missed on his athletic ability. He hasn't done anything to hurt himself since the end of the season, ran a 4.4 at the (NFL) combine. "Catching the ball, he's not the most natural guy, but he has the movement and he's a competitive guy.''
"I can compete, I have great feet, great hands and that's what I showed,'' Adams said. "Right now I'm waiting on the process and teams getting back with me. "I wouldn't say there's any pressure in the process, I'm just enjoying the process.'' - Mike Griffith, Michigan Live
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