March 19, 2007

Class of '06 Review: The receivers

Below is a post-season review of those newcomers who joined Purdue's football program last fall.

Today, we break down the receivers, coming out of their first season in the program.

Once thought to be a near-certainty to redshirt, tight end Kyle Adams proved ultimately to be arguably the greatest surprise of Purdue's 2006 signing class.

Recruited as an unproven commodity as a pass receiver. Adams' Austin (Texas) Westlake High School team threw the ball about as often as Drew Brees lost games when he was the quarterback there, which is to say just about never.

And it's rare for true freshmen to get on the field right away at tight end, due to the physical rigors associated with the position.
But though he came in theoretically needing refinement as a receiver and considerably more size and strength in order to compete physically, Adams showed from Day 1 in training camp that there was a place for him on the field right away.

"When he came in," tight ends and tackles coach John McDonnell said, "it didn't take us long to figure it out that he was ready to play."

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