Darvin Adams (born January 5, 1990) is an American professional Canadian football wide receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Adams won the 107th Grey Cup with the Blue Bombers when they defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Adams has also been a member of the Virginia Destroyers (UFL) and Toronto Argonauts (CFL). He played college football at Auburn with whom he won the 2011 BCS National Championship.

Darvin Adams
No. 1     Winnipeg Blue Bombers
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Adams in 2016
Born: (1990-01-05) January 5, 1990 (age 30)
Canton, Mississippi
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusInternational
Position(s)WR
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
CollegeAuburn
High schoolHarrison
(Kennesaw, Georgia)
Career history
As player
2011Carolina Panthers
2012Virginia Destroyers
20132014Toronto Argonauts
2015–presentWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL West All-Star2017, 2018
Career stats
Receptions317
Receiving yards4,487
Receiving touchdowns36

High school careerEdit

Adams attended Harrison High School where he had 15 touchdown receptions and five rushing touchdowns as a junior. He fractured his left arm in an all-star game. He Had 66 catches for 867 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, 106 tackles and two interceptions. He received an Honorable Mention Class AAAAA All-State team as a senior and was selected to play in the Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl. Tommy Tuberville said of his recruit, "Darvin Adams is an excellent outside receiver. He’s got height and speed and should be very good in this offense."[1] It was also at Harrison High School that Darvin was given the nicknames: D-roc, Drocthegreat, D-Smooth and D-Smoove.[citation needed]

College careerEdit

During the 2009 season with Auburn he had 60 receptions for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns.[2]

Adams was named Most Valuable Player of the January 1, 2010 Outback Bowl, with 12 receptions for 142 yards in Auburn's 38–35 victory. During the 2010 SEC Championship Game, Auburn won the Southeastern Conference and Adams broke the SEC Championship Game record for receiving yards with 217. On January 17, 2011, Auburn University announced Adams' decision to skip his senior year and declare for the NFL draft, in which he went undrafted.

Professional careerEdit

National Football LeagueEdit

He was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Carolina Panthers on July 30, 2011, but was released on September 3 during final cuts. He spent time on the team's practice squad before he was promoted to the active roster on November 25, 2011.

United Football LeagueEdit

In 2012, Adams played in four games for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League.

Canadian Football LeagueEdit

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

On January 28, 2013, Adams signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He spent two years with the club, playing in 11 games and starting eight. He caught 18 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown.

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

Upon entering free agency, Adams signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on February 10, 2015.[3] Adams was one of the Bombers leading receivers in 2015, catching 61 passes for 839. yards with 6 touchdowns. Adams missed 12 games during the 2016 season with a shoulder injury, returning to the starting lineup for the second last week of the regular season.[4] On January 16, 2017 the Bombers and Adams agreed to a three-year contract extension, preventing him from becoming a free-agent about a month later.[5] Over the following two seasons Adams continued to be the Bombers leading receiver, eclipsing 1,000 yards in both seasons.

Adams helped the Bombers to reach post-season once again during the 2019 season. In the division semi-finals he grabbed a critical 71 yard touchdown to help the Bombers upset the Calgary Stampeders on the road.[6] Zach Collaros again hit Adams for a long gain in the playoffs in their away game against Saskatchewan, when they connected for 63 yards on one play, helping the team to the Grey Cup.[7] Adams would have a quieter game in the 107th Grey Cup, though he did have a pass to Chris Streveler on a trick play, as the Blue Bombers would eventually win to get their first championship in 29 years.[8]

StatisticsEdit

Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games Rec Yards Avg Long TD Games Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2013 TOR 1 3 24 8.0 11 1 Team did not qualify
2014 TOR 10 18 237 13.2 45 1 Team did not qualify
2015 WPG 16 61 839 13.8 79 6 Team did not qualify
2016 WPG 8 51 690 13.5 63 6 1 3 43 14.3 22 0
2017 WPG 15 76 1120 14.7 75 7 DNP injured
2018 WPG 17 61 1028 16.9 72 10 2 8 93 11.6 26 0
2019 WPG 13 47 549 11.7 43 5 3 8 209 26.1 71 1
CFL totals 80 317 4,487 14.2 79 36 3 11 136 12.4 26 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Christa Turner Auburn signees Archived September 3, 2012, at Archive.today Find out who Auburn signs February 6, 2008 Ledger-Enquirer
  2. ^ Todd leads Auburn past Furman 63-31
  3. ^ "FA15: Adams, Dile, Brown and Hurl sign with Blue Bombers". Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Hobson, Russ. "'Not Good': Winnipeg Blue Bombers fall flat in loss to Ottawa RedBlacks". Global News. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Bombers re-sign WR Adams through 2019 - Article - TSN". TSN. January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "Game Wrap: Bombers hammer Stamps to advance to West Final". CBC Sports. November 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Brendan Ellis (November 17, 2019). "Riders fall short of Grey Cup, lose West Final 20-13 to Winnipeg". CTV Regina.
  8. ^ Donna Spencer (November 25, 2019). "Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros caps whirlwind season with Grey Cup". Globe and Mail.

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