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Get to know the Boise State football coaches: Junior Adams

Boise State’s new wide receivers coach, Junior Adams, will coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision level for the first time this fall. He spent the past five years as the wide receivers coach at Football Championship Subdivision power Eastern Washington.
Boise State’s new wide receivers coach, Junior Adams, will coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision level for the first time this fall. He spent the past five years as the wide receivers coach at Football Championship Subdivision power Eastern Washington. Photo courtesy of Boise State

Note: I’m reposting the profiles I wrote on each of the Boise State football coaches with some additional reporting that didn’t make the stories. The last one will appear on game day.

JUNIOR ADAMS

Wide receivers coach

Age: 34

Hometown: Fremont, Calif.

Playing career: Wide receiver at Oregon State (1998-2000) and Montana State (2001-02). He was an All-Big Sky second-team receiver and return specialist in 2001, with three punt returns for TDs. He earned All-America honors in 2002 with 66 catches for 983 yards and eight TDs.

Coaching career: Bozeman (Mont.) High volunteer coach (2003), Montana State wide receivers coach (2004-06), Prosser (Wash.) High wide receivers coach (2007), Chattanooga running backs coach (2008), Eastern Washington wide receivers coach (2009-13)

Education: Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Montana State (2004)

Family: Single

Did you know? Adams scored the game-winning touchdown for Montana State against rival Montana in 2002. That TD ended the Bobcats’ 16-game losing streak in the rivalry.

Quotable: “He’s just a technician with the position. He has an incredible day-to-day process of developing guys. I saw him take eight guys from where they were as freshmen to where they were as seniors. He does as good a job as any coach I’ve ever seen in that regard. It showed in the product on the field.” — Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin

Our profile (July 29)

EXTRA NOTES/QUOTES

— Adams: “My five years at Eastern couldn’t have been any better. I barely knew Beau when I got there and I walk away and he’s one of my best friends.”

— Adams isn’t sure if he would want to be a head coach someday: “There’s something about having my group of 12-15 guys and being in that room. I like my group of guys. Ask me that question in five years. I’ll have a better feel.”

— Baldwin: “He’s great with not only his position but the entire team in terms of how he works with people. He was always one of those coaches I saw a lot of guys on the team gravitate toward. He has that personality and has that ability to make the day to day very enjoyable when there’s a lot of grind in this sport.”

Tomorrow: Mike Sanford

Previously: Kent Riddle, Andy Avalos, Steve Caldwell, Julius Brown, Scott Huff, Eliah Drinkwitz

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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