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Josh Adams | Running Back

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 212

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Recent News draft analyst Chad Reuter lists Notre Dame RB Josh Adams as a potential fit for the Eagles draft class.
The Eagles won't have a second-round pick because of the Sam Bradford trade, so assuming they don't take a running back in the first round, they'll miss on most of the big names. Adams was a Heisman candidate early in the season and runs with tremendous power, so this could be a quality get in the third-or-fourth round, as Reuter projects him. "With Darren Sproles and LeGarrette Blount due to hit free agency, head coach Doug Pederson might want to add a bruising back like Adams to pound the rock," Reuter writes. Feb 3 - 8:58 PM

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Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Adams (6'2/225) exits South Bend having just put in his most prolific statistical season with the Irish, rushing for 1,430 yards (6.9 YPC) and nine touchdowns. He possesses a unique blend of strength and quickness, with enough speed to bust out for the long home run dash. In terms of his draft slot, Adams will likely be drafted near the end of Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) or early on Day 3 (Rds. 4-7).
Jan 5 - 1:25 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries in Saturday's 24-17 win over Navy.

Adams had been limited to a combined 62 yards rushing against Wake Forest and Miami over the previous two weekends. That little cold streak now snapped, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Heisman contender is up to 1,337 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the year. He'll look to finish out the season in high style against Stanford next Saturday.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 06:49:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams is averaging 5.89 yards after contact, the highest number of any FBS running back according to Pro Football Focus.

Josh Adams is stronger than you. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound tailback has been able to run over defenders all year, outside of his struggles against Miami last week that appear to be at least in part due to injury issues. He doesn't have elite speed, but he's shown the ability to run through secondaries when he's not running over them. He's no longer a Heisman contender, but there's no denying that Adams has been one of the best tailbacks in the country in 2017.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 09:34:00 PM's Dane Brugler says Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams was "completely ineffective" in last week's loss to Miami.

Adams (6'1/219), who suffered an undisclosed injury in the third quarter of that game, gained only 40 yards on 16 carries (2.5 YPA) against the Hurricanes. Prior to that, he sat out the second half against Wake Forest due to a possible head injury. "His lack of speed to the outside really showed vs. the play speed of the Hurricanes' defense and even when the hole was there, Adams doesn't always show the needed urgency to attack expiring run lanes," Brugler wrote. "Adams has linebacker size and will bounce off defenders, but his lack of grace in short spaces also stands out, bouncing off his own blockers and disrupting the timing of the play."
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 04:53:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams left in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Miami due to an undisclosed injury.

Adams just passed through the concussion protocol after suffering a head injury against Wake Forest last weekend. It's possible that that concern was aggravated versus the Hurricanes, but definitive word on the Heisman contender should come to light after the game. For now, consider him questionable to return.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 10:49:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams (head) will play Saturday against Miami.

Early in Saturday's win over Wake Forest, Adams took a big hit. He was removed from the game, but ended up clearing the concussion protocol. Even so, HC Brian Kelly held Adams of the second half for precautionary reasons. It looks like we're all systems go for Adams' return in one of the biggest matchups of the season on Saturday.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 04:20:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams cleared the concussion test and was held out of the second half in their victory over Wake Forest for precautionary reasons.

Notre Dame was winning 31-10 over the Deacons, so they weren't going to take any chances with their star running back. Assuming there are no set backs for the 6-foot-2, 225-pound tailback, he should be ready to go in Notre Dame's massive game against Miami (FL) next week.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 08:49:00 PM

Updating a previous injury, Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams is currently being evaluated for a concussion.

Adams apparently suffered the head injury at some point in the second series of the game, and is currently in the medical tent. He's questionable to return for the Irish on Saturday.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 04:43:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams (undisclosed) has not played for the Irish since the second series of the game.

It's unknown if this is injury related, rest related, or some kind of combination of both. Either way, Adams hasn't come back since taking a somewhat awkward fall on a carry. We'll update you with more when we know the reason why he hasn't returned, or if he returns.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 04:39:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Saturday's 35-14 win over NC State.

In a week where Bryce Love (ankle) did not play and Saquon Barkley largely struggled, Adams came through with a huge game to boost his Heisman profile. He also came through with another one of his trademark long touchdown runs, shredding NC State for a 77-yard score late in the third quarter to make it 35-14. Neither team would score again through to the end of the game. This was Adams' second 200-yard performance this season and his sixth of at least 115 yards rushing. On the whole, the 6-foot-1, 212-pounder has rushed for 1,169 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging close to 10 YPC.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 07:50:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay lists Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams as a Week 8 "riser."

"A downhill runner, Adams doesn't have a lot of wiggle, but I like his size (6-2, 225), power and acceleration," McShay wrote. Adams dropped 191 rushing yards and three touchdowns on USC in Saturday's 49-14 demolition. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder has rushed for 967 yards and eight touchdowns on 9.2 YPC this year.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 06:00:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in Saturday's 49-14 obliteration of USC.

Quite the statement game by the Irish in this one. Adams scored on a short run in the second quarter and another in the fourth, but it was his 84-yard scoring dash in the third quarter which will make the evening highlight reels. That gallop made the score 42-14 and essentially ended the game with a quarter still remaining on the clock. There's been low simmering Heisman talk surrounding Adams of late and that is probably going to reach a boil this week. For the campaign, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound junior has rushed for 967 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games while averaging over 9.0 YPC. Five of those contests have seen him rush for at least 100 yards.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 11:14:00 PM's Daniel Jeremiah views Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams as being a step below Penn State's Saquon Barkley and LSU's Derrius Guice.

"He's not nearly as explosive or dynamic as those RBs," Jeremiah notes, "but he is a very capable runner with outstanding size and production." The analyst refers to the 6-foot-1, 212-pounder as possessing a "nice initial burst" and is a big fan of the junior's shimmy-and-shake in the open field. Adams has rushed for 776 yards (9.0 YPC) and five touchdowns this season and could see some Heisman love in December if Notre Dame puts together a strong second half to the campaign. He's a likely Day 2 or early Day 3 prospect for the draft should he declare.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 07:47:00 PM

Notre Dame junior RB Josh Adams rushed for 118 yards a touchdown on 13 carries in Saturday's 33-10 win over UNC.

After the game, HC Brian Kelly said Josh Adams was limited after halftime because he was suffering from dehydration. Were it not for that, Adams, who ran for 100 yards by halftime (the fourth time in six games he's done that), would have challenged 200 yards on the ground. His biggest play was a 73-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to give Notre Dame a 14-0 advantage. With this showing, Adams is now No. 7 on Notre Dame's all-time rushing list. Adams has been one of the nation's best backs this fall. The only concern is his health. He battled an ankle injury earlier this season, seasonal allergies earlier this week, and dehydration this afternoon.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 08:08:00 PM