Mark Dantonio Sticks By the Side of CB Johnny Adams
It is clear both in action and their comments after playing Michigan State that teams are now targeting preseason All American CB Johnny Adams. Mark Dantonio has dropped several players either down the depth chart or even off of it this year for poor performance. Most notably senior caption Chris Norman.
So with Johnny Adams struggles this season I asked Dantonio when the new depth chart came out about the Adams situation. Adams is still listed as the starting boundary cornerback. Does that mean Dantonio doesn’t have faith in co-second string players Arjen Colquhoun or Trae Waynes?
Dantonio answered my question by saying, “Johnny was an all‑Big Ten performer the two last years. You know, it’s a game of inches. The first one he’s got a chance to get the ball out. If you look at the entire defense you would know that there should have been a safety back through the deep middle helping him or at least knocking the guy off strides a little bit. So there should have been some help back there for him, but there wasn’t due to the rapidness of the play and the disorientedness that we were going through as a defense at that time.”
He went on to say, “So not entirely his fault. He got out of sync a little bit. But he’s capable of playing very, very well. We’ve seen that, so we’ll stay with that lineup.”
The easiest thing in the world is for Adams to play like he is capable of. Will teams continue to target Adams? Will he respond? We know that he has the talent, so we shall see.