Adams named a defensive player of the year semi-finalist
CLEMSON, SC -- Sophomore linebacker Keith Adams is one of 15 semi-finalists for the Football News National Defensive Player-of-the-Year award. Adams, one of just two players from the ACC on the list, leads the conference in tackles with 120 in eight games. The College Park, GA native also leads the ACC with 21 tackles-for-loss and is second in sacks with seven.
Adams, who is in his first year as a starter, has totaled at least 11 tackles and one tackle-for-loss in every game against the toughest schedule in the country according to the Sagarin Rating. He has also been named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week three times this season.
Adams is one of seven linebackers and joins Alex Brown (DE, Florida) as the only two sophomores to make the list. Other semi-finalists include LaVar Arrington (LB, Penn State, Jr.), Courtney Brown (DE, Penn State, Sr.), Tyrone Carter (S, Minnesota, Sr.), Na'il Diggs (LB, Ohio State, Jr.), Deon Grant (DB, Tennessee, Jr.), Julius Jackson (LB, Nebraska, Sr.), Corey Moore (DE, Virginia Tech, Sr.), Julian Peterson (LB, Michigan State, Sr.), Corey Simon (DT, Florida State, Sr.), Mark Simoneau (LB, Kansas State, Sr.), Adalius Thomas (DE, Southern Mississippi, Sr.), Brian Urlacher (S, New Mexico, Sr.), and Nate Webster (LB, Miami (FL), Jr.).