| Ben Adams
6-5 · 315
La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada)
A versatile four-year player who developed into one of the top lineman in the Big 12 ... was in on over 1,600 career snaps ... started the final 36 games of his career ... played in three bowl games (1995 Sugar Bowl; 1997 Fiesta Bowl; 1999 Cotton Bowl) and the Hula Bowl ... member of two conference championship teams (1995 SWC; 1996 Big 12) ... 1998 first-team All-American (Football Writers' Association) ... tabbed first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association as a senior ... earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 1998 ... shared 1998 UT Outstanding Offensive Lineman honors ... helped Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams lead the nation in rushing in 1997 and 1998 ... paved the way for UT to rank among the nation's top 25 and average at least 200 yards rushing per game in 1996-98 ... signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans following the 1999 NFL Draft.
Started all 12 games, including the 1999 Cotton Bowl, at guard ... voted UT Outstanding Offensive Lineman ... earned first-team All-American honors from the Football Writers' Association ... tabbed first-team All-Big 12 (AP) ... provided openings for Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams to lead the nation in rushing for the second consecutive year ... helped UT finish the season ranked 15th nationally and average more than 200 yards per game for the third year in a row ... was a key component of an offensive line that helped produce 2,246 yards rushing and 2,931 yards passing.
Started all 11 games and was in on over 800 plays on the year ... was a key part of an offensive line that helped Texas rank 22nd nationally in rushing yards per game (201.5) ... provided openings that led Ricky Williams to six 200-yard rushing games and a school record 1,893 yards ... helped the Longhorns post 200-plus yard rushing games at Rice (312), vs. Colorado (281), at Missouri (277), vs. Kansas (272), at Baylor (268), vs. Oklahoma (224) and at Texas A&M (213).
Started all 13 games at left guard ... helped pave the way for the nation's 24th most prolific rushing attack ... was a key component on the offensive line that helped produce seven 200-plus yard rushing games ... helped pave the way for 344 yards rushing vs. Oklahoma State, 336 yards rushing at Texas Tech and 235 yards rushing vs. Texas A&M (who had entered the game ranked 10th nationally against the run at 92.8 ypg) ... also helped anchor an offensive line that allowed just one sack in the final three games, including zero in the Big 12 Championship game against the Nebraska defense that had registered at least one sack in 39 consecutive games before facing Texas.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (1995)
Earned his first letter after spending the season as the top backup behind senior starter Corby Brooks at left guard ... also saw action on special teams as a blocker ... played in seven games ... redshirted in 1994.
Was coached by John Mele at La Mirada High ... helped his team to a 9-2 record and the California Interscholastic Federation title as a senior ... played both offense and defense in high school and was voted league MVP in 1993 ... also played basketball, where he average 13 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior.
Born 12/27/75 in La Mirada, California ... majored in history.