August 22, 2007

Adams taking next step

It didn't take long last August for Purdue's coaches to figure out they'd found something in unheralded Texan Kyle Adams.

"He came in last year and within the first week we knew we had a real nice (prospect)," said John McDonell, who coaches Adams and the rest of the Boilermaker tight ends.

The brainy Purdue legacy had just concluded a senior season at Austin Westlake High School after which he could have counted his season receiving total on two hands, as the Chaparrals simply did not throw the ball.

But Adams immediately showed at Purdue that his statistics were indeed a product of Westlake's system, rather than an indictment of his ability to catch the ball. Far from it.

His receiving skills, in fact, opened eyes in camp, and was largely the impetus behind him earning a spot on the field, after coming to West Lafayette looking a sure-fire redshirt.

Adams didn't play until midway through the season, but once he did, he played quite a bit, particularly considering he was backing up stalwart Dustin Keller.

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