Nov 29, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs wide receiver Davante Adams (15) runs past San Jose State Spartans cornerback Bene Benwikere (21) after making a catch in the second quarter at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Bulldogs 62-52. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Bowl Preview: Spotlighting Fresno State WR Davante Adams


The high-flying Fresno State offense soars at the pace of two players — quarterback Derek Carr and the guy he aims for, wide out Davante Adams.

Adams is an NFL-level talent as a redshirt sophomore despite being a two-star recruit our of high school. The 6-2, 216 pound receiver is projected as a potential second round pick who could jump into the first round should he decide to leave for the draft after just two seasons playing in college.

Granted, in those two seasons Adams has thrived. With career numbers that rival USC’s own Marqise Lee, Adams leads active receivers in career touchdowns (37), average yards per game (118.3) and receptions per game (9). He also boasts 13 career 100-yard receiving games and nine games with more than ten receptions.

In 2013, Adams outpaces all other receivers with 23 touchdowns, well ahead of Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks whose second place total is 15. In fact, Adams has caught more touchdown passes than 87 FBS teams. He also claims the most total receptions and is one spot behind Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner, in receiving yards.

For his efforts, Adams was named to the Walter Camp All-American Second Team and the Athlon Sports All-American Third Team.

Adams has been held without a touchdown just once this season. Against Hawaii he caught just five passes for 22 yards. He followed that up with a 16-reception, three touchdown outing against Idaho, one of six multi-touchdown games and six double-digit receiving days.

With the ability to gain big yards after the catch and the range to go up and snatch balls from above defenders heads, Adams will be a major threat to the USC secondary and shutting him down will be one of the main goals for the Trojans.

RECEIVING  GP  No.  Yards  Avg   TD  Long  Avg/G 
Adams, Davante   12  122  1645  13.5  23  75  137.1

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