The 90 Illini #7: Tony Adams

Aug 21, 2021

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I just filled out all of the stats below and saw that he has four interceptions in his career. I think I can name all four from memory?

First one is easy because I just talked to him about it in the most recent podcast: at South Florida in 2017 when he was a true freshman. And then there's the interceptions in back-to-back games in 2019. One was kind of important on third down against Wisconsin. And the next one was that redzone interception against Purdue where he took five steps and scored a touchdown. The fourth one was at Nebraska last year (who didn't get an interception in the Nebraska game last year?).

I guess that wasn't very hard. Here's hoping he has four more this season and they're all just as memorable.

7. Tony Adams

Uniform number: 6
Year in school: Senior (1 to play 1)
Height: 6'-0" -- Weight: 205 lbs.
Hometown: Belleville, Illinois
High School: St. Louis University High School
Five best offers: Missouri, Wyoming, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, North Dakota State
Tom Cruise rating:

2020 statistics: Started six games, missed the last two after positive Covid test. 51 tackles, 1 interception.


As I recall, camped at Illinois and got an offer, camped at Missouri and got an offer, went back and forth and back and forth (he lived in Illinois but went to a private high school in Missouri), and finally decided on Illinois.

He then started games in all four seasons. But injuries interrupted his first three seasons. In 2017 he missed the final seven games with an injury. In 2018 he missed four games due to injury. And in 2019 he missed three games.

Last year was injury-free but he didn't get to play in all eight games. He tested positive after the Iowa game and had to miss both Northwestern and Penn State.

2021 Outlook

After bouncing back and forth between corner and safety for four seasons, he's finally anchored at one spot: cornerback. It's his more natural position, I think. His two moves to safety were both "we have more corners than safeties so let's move Adams to free safety" scenarios. So that should be a boost for him. One final season at the position where he's the most comfortable.

Which means this "outlook" section is like the rest of the top-10 here. He simply needs to have his best season during his final season.


DSpitze on August 26, 2021 @ 09:09 AM


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