April 6, 2012
Adams leading the way for the BearcatsBy David Boyce
Unless something unforeseen occurs in the last week of spring football or during the summer, Trevor Adams will be the starting quarterback for Northwest Missouri State football team in the fall of 2012.
Adams was thrust into the starting role as a sophomore last season when Blake Christopher suffered several injuries that sidelined him for significant time.
All Adams did as a sophomore in one of the top NCAA Division II football programs in eight starts is pass for 2,202 yards, toss 21 touchdowns and win two playoffs game before falling to the eventual national champions.
“I think he gained a ton, just going through the season and playing as many big games as he did really help your confidence level when you succeed like he did,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said. “He played really well in our two playoff wins. When you look at both of those games, the defense played well and our quarterback played well. It really raised his confidence level. I can see it on the practice field.”
It only makes sense that Adams came into this year’s spring practices with a different level of confidence.
“Last year I remember going into it and BC had his spot as the starter,” Adams said. “I am competing for that spot now and I’m trying to prove to the coaches and the guys that I can be that leader at the quarterback position. It is a new responsibility. I’m very excited to be in this position.”
One thing that comes through clearly is Adams understands he has to work hard to be the starting quarterback. He is not assuming the position is already his.
So each spring practice, Adams is concentrating on being better than he was in the previous one.
That attitude has led him to completing 80 percent of his throws in spring drills.
Dorrel has been just as impressed in the leadership Adams has displayed in practice.
“He is accepting that role and doing a really good job with it,” Dorrel said. “He is just really consistent.”
“When your quarterback is as consistent as he is and has a good head on his shoulder, it gives you a chance to be good on offense and a chance to have a special year.”
A special year in Northwest book is a trip to Florence, Ala., for the national championship game followed by a return trip to Maryville with the national championship trophy.
Northwest fell a few steps short of that despite a few thrilling playoff wins.
When the goals are so high, it is hard to let a season go even after the final snap.
“After the season was over, it was very disappointing for me,” Adams said. “After getting over that, it was exciting to see how we were going to grow as a team.”
“Really, being on a team that has so much tradition, it is one of those things that after the season, it is hard not to think about football. I think about it every day. Definitely, that’s why spring ball is great. We get after it every day.”
The Bearcats are in the early stages of developing a team identity for the 2012 season. It starts in spring football.
If the players follow Adams lead, the 2012 Bearcats will once again be a team that plays the game the right way.
Off the field, Adams is soft spoken, polite and respectful, seemingly too nice to play football.
“Obviously, when you talk to him outside of football he is very reserved,” Dorrel said. “He has a quiet personality. On the football field, he is a lot more intense. He flips a switch. There is a real firmness in his voice. He is very confident when he’s talking to us as a football team.”
“He is very poised in the huddle. It is almost like he is a totally different person. He gets this look in his eyes. He is really driven. He’s a lot more vocal than when you are just talking to him when he is not around football.”
Adams says he actually tries to be the same person on and off the field.
“I try to be a man of character and integrity on the field and off the field,” he said. “Hopefully, I can lead on the field and the guys can look to me and hopefully build relationships off the field so the guys will respect you more and that way they will be able to trust you on the field.”
Spring football, Adams says, is very important. It sets the tone for the upcoming season.
“What is great for us as an offense is going against our defense. It really makes you better and you have to be better every day because our defense is so talented.”
“Also, the younger guys get reps and make a name. You kind of build an identity as a unit so you are not trying to figure it out in the fall.”
Adams’ faith is very important to him. He gives thanks to Jesus for being in the position he is in.
“I’m very blessed to play such a great game on such a great team,” he said.
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