Michigan State defensive back Johnny Adams has accepted an invitation to play in the annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
The Senior Bowl, which will be broadcast by the NFL Network at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, annually features the nationâ€™s best senior college football players and top NFL draft prospects. The North and South teams are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two NFL teams.
Former Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins, tight end Brian Linthicum and safety Trenton Robinson competed in the Senior Bowl last season. Cousins is currently with the Washington Redskins, while Robinson plays for the San Francisco 49ers.
Adams, a 5-foot-11, 177-pound fifth-year senior, had 35 tackles and finished fifth in the Big Ten with three interceptions and tied for 15th with 10 passes defended this season. He was named first team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second team by the media. Adams is one of six MSU defensive backs to earn first team All-Big Ten honors in multiple seasons and the first to do it in consecutive seasons since John Miller (1987-88).
A three-year starter, Adams ranks 10th in school history with 11 career interceptions entering MSUâ€™s contest against TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 29. He also ranks fourth among MSU’s career leaders with 230 interception return yards and fifth with 35 passes defended and 11th with 24 pass break-ups.
Also today, the Detroit Lions signed former MSU defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo. As a senior in 2006, Nwagbuo started 12 games for the Spartans and had 31 tackles.