Our Profiles in Terpage series returns, wherein we profile every single player on Maryland's roster. Today, we featured a scholarship long snapper.
Nate Adams (FR), Long Snapper
Collegiate Stats: n/a
High School Stats (Senior Year): Punter he snapped to averaged 37.4 yards and kicker was 36/40 on PATs.
247sports composite Ratings: Two stars, sixth-best long-snapper, 64th-best player in Arizona
High School: Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
The long snapper position is probably the most under-appreciated and unnoticed position in football, except when something goes wrong. It is unusual for a school to offer a four-year scholarship to a player at the position, but having one is key for your special teams unit to function. That's why Maryland went after Adams, essentially locking up the position for the next four seasons.
Adams received an offer from Air Force, but chose to bring his talents to College Park, where he'll very likely compete for the starting job from day one.
I declare that he henceforth be known as the Snapping Turtle
Committing to Maryland, playing in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl
Lock down and maintain the starting long snapper spot for the next four years
Adams is a scholarship long snapper. That translates to the staff thinking he can come in and immediately assume the starting job from day one and hold it down for the next four years. FlaTerp broke down Adams on film and had this to say about the freshman:
Here's the good thing about his film: play after play, he snaps, then takes off downfield and makes plays on punt coverage. He disrupts things, he makes tackles, he forces fumbles. I'm no student of punt coverage, but I don't believe I've ever seen a long-snapper who doubled as his team's gunner. Adams definitely has many plays on this film where he beats his teammates to the ball. I wasn't any more excited to watch long-snapping film than any of you probably are, but give it a look and you like the kid and his motor. As I said above, he's an athlete and a football player. Programs need kids like that, regardless of what position they play.
If for some reason Adams struggles, I suppose it's possible he'd be redshirted, but again, the staff isn't going to give a long snapper a scholarship if they don't think he can come in and start from day one and be better than who you currently have on your roster.
Our next two players each hail from an ACC state that Maryland fans want to kick from their memories.
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