Adams returning for senior year at MSU

Turns out Michigan State will have eight of 11 defensive starters returning for the 2012 season.

Johnny Adams, who had been considering entering the NFL Draft, elected to return for his senior season today.

This afternoon, Adams posted this on his Twitter, “Back in East Lansing for my senior year!!!!!”

For the Spartans, that finalizes who they will have back next season after losing Jerel Worthy and Edwin Baker. It also cements Tony Lippett as a wide receiver, likely exclusively, in 2012.

Adams and Darqueze Dennard are two of the top corners in the Big Ten and moving forward, it means Michigan State has a very strong secondary next year — even after losing Trenton Robinson.

Adams consistently is matched up with the opponent’s top wide receiver and had three interceptions this year to go along with six pass breakups.

He was an All-Big Ten performer in 2011 on the coaches first team and media’s second team. In 2010 he was named to the second team by the Big Ten coaches.

In other words, this is very, very good news for the Spartans. Adams is a big playmaker for them, and despite the occasional pass interference call, he blankets wide receivers as good as anyone Michigan State has had in recent memory.

And leaving Lippett to play offense helps get a better picture of the playmakers on that side of the ball for next season — particularly in the wide receiver corp.

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Posted on January 9, 2012, in Football and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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