Nov. 7, 2013
Adams makes big contributions during senior seasonBy David Boyce | No. 2 Northwest at No. 10 Emporia State | Saturday, Nov. 9 | 1 p.m.
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MARYVILLE, Mo. - Of course, Northwest Missouri State senior quarterback Trevor Adams wants to hoist the MIAA Championship trophy and later the NCAA Division II trophy.
Adams, like his Northwest teammates, have sweated in the weight room during the summer and spent countless hours in the fall watching film to be in the position they are in.
The Bearcats, 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the MIAA, head into Emporia State at 1 p.m. Saturday and will take on the only other undefeated team in conference. The Hornets are 8-0 overall and in conference.
“I am super excited,” Adams said. “I feel like our team is doing a lot of things really well. We have to keep working hard each day and showing up and trying to earn the right to win. That is what coaches tell us.
“I think it is going to be a huge challenge for us, being on the road against an undefeated team. I think if we can focus on doing what we can to get better as a team, I think that will put us in the best position on Saturday.”
Actually, Adams put Northwest in the best position for a successful fall when he had his worst game of game of the season in the conference opener at home against Central Missouri.
Adams struggled so much in the first half and sophomore Brady Bolles played so well that Northwest coach Adam Dorrel opted to use Bolles the entire second half.
Instead of pouting on the sidelines, Adams encouraged his teammates. He didn’t allow his personal situation to disrupt what the Bearcats were trying to accomplish.
“You see pro athletes pout,” Dorrel said. “No. 1, I think it is why we won the game. If he had been a distraction on the sideline, it would have been noticeable to our seniors. He chose to be a man and take the high road. I think it helped us win the game. Where would be sitting if we lost that game?
“I really thought that game and what he did on the sideline set the tone for the rest of our season. I really believe that.”
It is easy to show great character when things are going good as it has for these Bearcats most of the season.
Only during the Central Missouri and the Pittsburg State games have the Bearcats truly faced adversity on the field.
In all the other seven games, Northwest has blown out its opponent. Younger players who play a key role on a football team look to the seniors to see how they react in tough situations.
What the underclassmen saw on Sept. 14 was a senior in the highest profile position on one the top teams in NCAA Division II prove without a doubt that no game is about one individual. It is about the team.
“My parents showed me by the way they acted how to be unselfish,” Adams said. “I think true character comes out when we are squeezed and in a tight position. When things are going well, anybody can be a leader. It is easy to lead.
“For me, it was tough going through that, but I praise God for that opportunity. It made me rely on him even more, seeing how our team responded. There were so many guys on the sideline encouraging me to stay up. I am glad I was still able to be there for the team and lead in a different kind of way.”
Credit must also be given to the Northwest coaching staff. They avoided a quarterback controversy by making it emphatically clear that Adams was the starter.
“It was huge,” Adams said. “That was something AD and coach Charlie Flohr told me that they trust me and know that I can do it. Brady was hot at the time and that is why they stuck with him. I don’t doubt their decision at all. They know what is best for the team.
“It is nice we have somebody like Brady to come in. He is one of my best friends. We get along great. I was very excited for him to come in and do what he did to help us stay on track where we want to be.”
Those who know Adams, even just a little bit, know his words are sincere. He shrugs off criticism and remains positive.
“I think the biggest thing that sticks in my mind is what he has endured here,” Dorrel said. “He never talks about it. Our kids know it. He has been a player who has been criticized at different times. He has never wavered in his belief in us as coaches and our schemes and system.
“He is so humble that he doesn’t understand what that does for our football team. I think it really rubs off on our football team. It rubs off on me. I’m very thankful for what he is doing with that aspect of his leadership.”
Simply put, Adams represents the true meaning of a student-athlete. He is excelling in the classroom and the playing field.
A week ago he received a prestigious honor by being selected a National Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation. Out of 171 semifinalist nationwide from all divisions of play, Adams was one of 16 student-athletes to be named as a Scholar-Athlete. He will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and is now a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. In addition, Adams will travel to New York City and spend Dec. 9th and Dec. 10th there for the ceremony.
“Honestly, it means so much,” Adams said. “When I found out I won, I was overwhelmed and so thankful and thankful for what God has given me and the opportunity to really represent Northwest and get Northwest out there again. This university and this community are so special and mean so much to me.”
Adams will graduate in December with a degree in biology. He will continue his postgraduate education in Dallas at Parker University.
“It is a chiropractor graduate school,” Adams said. “Sports chiropractors have been huge for me and done a lot of things to help me and help a lot of people.
“I would like to stay in the sports spectrum of things. I have been very fortunate to meet some solid Christian chiropractors who have been influential to me.”
The way Adams carry himself on and off the field has probably influenced many underclassmen.
But the things Adams is doing is no different from others seniors on this Bearcat team. And the way they act, Adams said, is a direct reflection on the senior class they saw in 2009 that won the national championship.
“I think our seniors have done a great job of showing up and working hard and setting an example for younger guys,” Adams said. “When we came in as true freshmen in ’09, we saw how Myles Burnsides and some of those guys led and how hard they worked. We saw what it takes to get back to the top. That is something we are trying to do as well and setting an example for younger guys.
“It is leading by example and not all about us. It is about what is best for the team. I think every senior has bought into that and our younger guys follow along with that.”
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