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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #35 David Adams

The old-school middle linebacker looks to overcome injuries and make his mark in 2018.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season.

#35 David Adams

It’s David Adams’s turn on the player profile series, and I’m going to give it to you straight here: as a player, we know very little about David Adams. He was a heralded recruit out of Pennsylvania (ranked as a top-10 ILB in his class by the 247 Sports Composite) but injuries slowed him down in high school. That unfortunate trend has continued into his collegiate career, but 2018 could be his chance to turn everything around.

3 Things About David Adams

  1. He was recruited out of Central Catholic with the Class of 2017. Another notable name from the same high school: Kurt Hinish.
  2. He was a huge recruiting win coming off of a putrid 4-8 season. Adams is listed as the second-highest rated defensive recruit in his class - behind only Darnell Ewell.
  3. He doubled as a fullback in on his high school team, rushing for 162 yards and 5 touchdowns as a senior.

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As I mentioned earlier, there is little we know about David Adams as a linebacker at the collegiate level. However, his these highlights show exactly why the staff made him a priority with the Class of 2017.

Country, Condiment, or Canon

Identifying the player as either a country, condiment, or member of the Star Wars Canon.


David Adams is an old-school, hard-nosed, tough linebacker. His body is a means to an end — and that end is destroying the opposing offense. So when you think of that type of defensive player, there are two main legendary units that come to mind (in professional football, at least).

The Steel Curtain of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Purple People Eaters of the Minnesota Vikings.

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While the Purple People Eaters were defensive linemen, I’m going to go in the direction of comparing Adams to them. They were Vikings on the field — ruthless and determined, they took enjoyment out of punishing their opponents. So, too, does Adams. He is a Viking on this Notre Dame defense. Naturally, this makes him Norway, as part of the Scandinavian region that the Vikings called home.

2018 Forecast

While I have spent much of this entry praising the playstyle and on-field attitude of David Adams, the forecast for 2018 is not as bright. Let’s just get this out of the way: I don’t expect him to see the field in a significant capacity in the upcoming season.

Adams is behind Jonathan Jones as it stands right now, and his standing as compared to early-enrollee Jack Lamb appears shaky. It would not be a surprise if Jack Lamb is ahead of Adams already in the pecking order. With that said, Adams most certainly has the ability to make some headway. It just needs to begin soon, and advance quickly.

The highly sought-after linebacker can improve his stock this fall, but the outlook isn’t particularly rosy at this time.