Palo Alto grad Adams receives national football honor


Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver from Palo Alto High, has been named the winner of the 2013 Paul Warfield Award, the Touchdown Club of Columbus announced.

The Paul Warfield Award is presented to the nation's best receiver. Adams joins an elite field of past winners that includes Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss.

Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams is the winner of the 2013 Paul Warfield Award. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports.
The 59th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards banquet is slated for Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

Adams is the national leader in receptions (122) and touchdown catches with 23, which is eight more than any other FBS receiver. He ranks No. 2 nationally in receiving yards (1,645). Adams is one of only two players this century to have two games in the same season with over 200 yards receiving and four touchdown catches.

He has caught a nation's-best 10 or more passes in six games this year and also has seven 100-yard receiving games. With one game remaining, Adams is four touchdowns shy of tying the FBS record for TD receptions in a season of 27, held by Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards.

In just two seasons, Adams has amassed 224 receptions for 2,957 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Adams was named to the first team on the All-Mountain West honor squad. Adams and the Bulldogs (11-1) will face USC in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21.

Cross country

Gunn senior Sarah Robinson earned All-American status after finishing 11th in the girls' race at the Nike Cross Nationals last weekend at the Portland Meadows Race Track in Oregon.

Robinson clocked 17:51.8 over the loop course that featured a number of obstacles in addition to freezing weather. She wound up as the No. 3 runner from California, trailing third-place Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley (16:57.8) and fourth-place Fiona O'Keefe of Davis (17:31.1).

On Monday, Robinson was named to a second All-American team -- in soccer. She was one of 38 girls (and one of three repeaters) on the 2013 Youth All-America Team selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Robinson plays for the Mountain View/Los Altos (MVLA) Lightning soccer club.

"I will wager that there is no one else in the country who was named both All-American in soccer and cross country in the same week," said Gunn cross-country coach PattiSue Plumer. "I imagine that there are other two-and three-sport athletes out there, but to earn those distinctions at the same time is truly remarkable."

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by So Happy!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I'm so very happy for DaVante! He deserves all he is afforded, he has worked so hard at this for such a long time.

God has blessed him. He's on his way to the NFL folks!

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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I am a PALY fan, although very much a fair weather one. I loved that 2010 season, when PALY won the state championship. DaVante Adams was a HUGE contributor in that effort. He is tough, and hard working and very athletic...a real formula for success. He deserves the honors coming his way. I look forward to seeing him on Sundays.

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Posted by Mr. S
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm

What terrific news, for an amazing young man.

You all should also know that Davante stopped by his old HS last year. He and I spoke of how he was doing, in football and in his classes at college. On a whim I asked him if he'd stop by to share his experiences with my class of Freshmen. He enthusiastically agreed but, humble as ever, didn't think he'd have much to say or whether my students would care what he had to say. Nonetheless, he came to visit, and amazingly, "held court", telling of his experiences, and fielding questions--for the entire period! He was at times, light-hearted and funny, and then quite serious. But perhaps most importantly, he continued to emphasize the importance of always trying hard in school, and how becoming a better student opened doors to his future. It was truly powerful bit of mentoring. I wish him the best. He deserves nothing less. Thank you, Davante.

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