Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams will look to build off his monster debut season with the Fresno State football team when the Bulldogs open the 2013 campaign on Thursday by hosting Rutgers in nonconference action at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Adams, a 6-foot-2, 216-pound redshirt sophomore receiver who starred on Paly's 2010 state championship team, burst onto the national scene last season by catching 102 passes for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns. He ranked third nationally in TD catches, ranked eighth in total receptions and was ninth in receiving yardage. In the process, he set school and Mountain West record for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions by a freshman.
Adams was named the 2012 Mountain West Freshman of the Year and a honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated. Entering this season, he has already collected second-team preseason All-America honors by CBSSports.com, fourth-team preseason All-America accolades from Phil Steele and was named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list.
Adams and USC wide receiver Marqise Lee are tied for the most TD receptions in 2012 by a returning FBS wide receiver. Though he might be tied there, Adams does have the nation's longest active streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He caught at least one TD in eight straight games to close out the '12 campaign, which set a Mountain West record and tied the Fresno State record for consecutive games with a TD reception.
Adams' streak of eight straight games with a TD is two more than any other player in the nation. Louisville's DeVante Parker enters 2013 with six-straight games with a touchdown catch.
Fresno State will open its 92nd season of football while beginning defense of its conference co-championship of a year ago when the Bulldogs finished 9-4 (6-0 at home) following a 4-9 mark the previous season.
Adams once again will be the main target of quarterback Derek Carr, who returns for his senior season and is coming off the 2012 campaign when he threw for a MW record 4,104 passing yards with 37 touchdowns against seven interceptions.
Carr needs 3,049 passing yards to break the school's career passing record that Kevin Sweeney has held since 1986. He also needs just 90 yards passing to surpass his brother, David, and move into fourth place on the all-time passing list at Fresno State. David was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft.