Green Bay Packers wide receiver, and Fresno State alum, Davante Adams (right) celebrates with teammate Randall Cobb after a touchdown during the Packers’ 38-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sept. 28. Photo by Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS
In only two seasons as a wide receiver for the Fresno State Bulldogs, Davante Adams shattered several records.
Adams played in only 26 career games, but he set a Fresno State and Mountain West record by catching a touchdown pass in 11-straight games starting from the 2012-13 season.
In 22 of the 26 games he played, Adams had at least one touchdown catch.
Leading up to the 2014 NFL draft, he had caught the attention of several NFL teams.
The scouting reports described Adams as a player who demonstrates good leaping ability, timing and hand-eye coordination. He was also noted for his ability to set up blocks as well as his strength to run through arm tackles.
But Adams faced the odds following reports that said his notable records had come against inferior competition in the Mountain West.
Adams watched anxiously during the NFL draft, as eight wide receivers were picked before him.
The Fresno State alumnus wasn’t selected until the Green Bay Packers took him in the second round.
“I’m the type of guy who has a chip on his shoulder if I’m not the first guy taken. I know what I’m capable of. I’m confident in my abilities, and that’s why I’m here,” Adams said after being drafted in May.
Today, Adams is a big reason why the Packers are in the NFC championship game.
With seven catches for 117 yards and one touchdown, Adams rescued the Packers in the divisional round against the Cowboys and caught the nation’s attention.
Adams is one of five Fresno State alumni on playoff rosters in the 2015 NFL playoffs.
Linebacker Chris Carter (Bengals), fullback Tyler Clutts (Dallas Cowboys), linebacker
Ben Jacobs (Carolina Panthers) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (New England Patriots) have represented the Bulldogs with their respective teams in this year’s playoffs.
Clutts caught a touchdown pass for the Cowboys in last week’s divisional playoff game against the Packers.
Wendell and Adams can meet in the Super Bowl if they can help their respective teams to a victory in the conference championships.
After his performance against the Cowboys, Adams will likely get a lot more attention this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
“I’ve been an underdog in several situations,” Adams said in an interview with the NFL’s Player’s Association. “I’ve been slept on. Always wake them up is what I like to say. Let them sleep on you. Just make sure they don’t sleep too long.”