Nelson Adams has played in all 39 games during his career but his role along Mississippi State’s defensive line increased tremendously in 2015.
Adams drew the first three starts of his career and made 25 tackles, nearly as many has he had in the two previous seasons combined. The Brandon native also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown during the Troy game.
“My role as a junior was a lot greater than it was as a sophomore,” Adams said. “I just tried to go out there and make plays for my team.”
This past fall was also meaningful for Adams for another reason as well. His younger brother, Fletcher, joined the team as a freshman defensive lineman and was redshirted.
“It’s been fun to see him everyday and see him get better,” Nelson Adams said. “I know he has potential and can be really good one day.”
But the year wasn’t without heartache. The loss of freshman defensive end Keith Joseph Jr. in a car accident in November shook the entire team, especially along David Turner‘s defensive line.
“It was really hard because there was really nothing you can say to make it better,” Nelson Adams said. “I tried to tell the younger players to keep their heads up because if Keith was here he’d want them to keep pressing because he was a hard working guy too.”
Nelson Adams was a tight end and defensive end throughout most of his high school career. But as his weight shot up along his 6-foot-3 frame, the MSU coaching staff decided he was best suited as a defensive tackle when he arrived in 2012.
“My senior year I was at about 280 and they told me I’d probably be playing inside,” Nelson Adams said. “I didn’t see any reason to stop eating then.”
Nelson Adams weight is now hovers at 310-pounds, which is right around where he’d like it to be to battle in the trenches in the Southeastern Conference.
So far in his career, Nelson Adams has notched 55 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery for a touchdown. As he enters his final spring practice, Nelson Adams has no regrets about picking the Bulldogs as a three-star recruit out of Brandon.
“The last three and a half years have been great up here,” Adams said. “I love the atmosphere, especially on game day. The coaches and everybody treats you like family. It’s just a great place to be.”