Name: Evan Adams
Position: Offensive guard
Hometown: Norwalk, Conn.
High School: Norwalk
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
2017 stats: After starting nine games for the Syracuse Orange in 2016, Adams made his presence more permanent in 2017, starting all 12 games at right guard. He finished the season with 38 knockdown blocks, up from 29 the year before.
2018 projections: Adams was not listed in the two-deep coming out of spring ball, but that’s because he missed the beginning of spring recovering from an injury. It’s unlikely he’s supplanted from the starting lineup, which means he’ll be at right guard, opposite Aaron Roberts on the left. Sam Heckel, his major competition to start, seems likely to slot in at center.
How’d he get here?: Adams picked the Orange in June 2014 over UConn and UMass. Good choice.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars everywhere.
Money Quote: Adams told Orange Fizz what sold him on Syracuse during a late 2014 visit:
“(Syracuse) gave me a sense of home and also introduced me to a lot of people that would be able to help me out up there and [show me] how to be a better football player so I said you guys are giving me everything I could ever ask for so I might as well just come on down to Syracuse.”
Twitterfeed: The man is a ghost.
Update: So the man is a ghost, but he does have a Twitter @evsavage6tre. He tweeted for the first time in almost two years to point out the original feature image on this article was of a player that wasn’t him. Don’t worry Evan, it’s been fixed.
Tweets of wonder: Adams played really well last season, and the advanced metrics prove it.
Syracuse OL's @PFF grades thru 8 games:— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) October 25, 2017
LT Cody Conway 81.0
RG Evan Adams 78.1
RT Jamar McGloster 77.2
LG Sam Heckel 67.5
C A. Servais 48.6
What Movie would Dino Babers recommend for him?: In the sequel to 2003’s “Bruce Almighty,” Steve Carell is “Evan Almighty,” who has to build an ark for a great flood. It’s mostly a comedy.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Adams is now one year closer to earning his college diploma, a promise he made to his dying father back in 2007.
Let’s get a good look atcha: O-linemen don’t get a ton of game tape, but Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey captured some footage from spring ball when Adams was healthy enough to jump into action.