September 27, 2011

Adams battles off nagging injuries

There might not be any player on the UK football team more frustrated than redshirt sophomore wide receiver Brian Adams.

The dual sport star was the talk of spring camp despite splitting time between baseball and football. His 6-foot-4, 221-pound frame and 4.55 40-yard dash were supposed to spark a break out season.

But thanks to nagging injuries, he's only hauled in two catches for a total of 16 yards through four games.

"It's one of those things, I just want to play, who wouldn't want to play?" Adams said. "It's in God's control and all I can control is my effort everyday and go out and practice as hard as I can. Whether or not I can play isn't my decision and I'm very confident in our receivers. We have a good group and we have a good offense and it's time to show it."

Adams' absence wouldn't be as noticeable if the passing game wasn't struggling as much as it is. The Wildcats rank 107th in the country is passing yards per game, and the wide receiving corps has been plagued by drops.

Adams missed UK's games against Central Michigan with an ankle injury. He came back for the Louisville game and has one catch, but was a non-factor in UK's 48-10 loss to Florida. He's also had hamstring issues, UK head coach Joker Phillips said.

"Hopefully he's healthy and can make it to the (LSU) game," Phillips[/db] said. "Brian's been beat up the whole year and the whole camp. We're hoping to get him healthy so he can give us some plays also."

Adams' ankle injury, suffered when he caught a three-yard pass against Western Kentucky in the season opener, is still bothering him, wide receivers coach Tee Martin said. He came up limping after one play against the Gators, so Martin decided to limit his reps.

He's not on the injury report this week and expected to play this Saturday when Kentucky (2-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) faces No. 1 Louisiana State (4-0, 1-0 SEC). He's still making regular trips to the training room, mostly in an effort to stay healthy.

The coaches applaud Adams effort off the field in working to get better. But Martin admits he is also ready for the injury to be out of the way.

"I'm frustrated as a coach just because I know his potential but I can't be more frustrated than he is because he's really frustrated," Martin said. "But he's the kind of kid that will do what it takes to get on the field. Today he looked real good, he looked the best today than he's looked all around (this year)."

There's no reason to think Adams won't play this Saturday, though he won't start. Juniors La'Rod King and E.J. Fields will start along with true freshman Demarco Robinson.

If Adams does play against LSU, Martin knows he can shine.

"I told Brian I'm waiting on him, to go ahead and take it," Martin said. "I know what he does in practice but I want to see it go to the games. I want to see him be successful in the games."

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