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Tarrion Adams Approaching Career Rushing Record

Senior running back Tarrion Adams was the 2008 GMAC Bowl Offensive MVP.
Senior running back Tarrion Adams was the 2008 GMAC Bowl Offensive MVP.
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Jan. 5, 2009

Mobile, Alabama - It has been a quiet climb to the top of the Tulsa record books for senior running back Tarrion Adams. In an offense that is noted for its vaunted passing attack, Adams has flown under the radar en route to one of the greatest careers by a running back in school history.

Adams enters the 2009 GMAC Bowl on Tuesday night needing 93 yards to become the school's all-time leading rusher. The senior from Moore, Okla., has rushed for 3,444 yards in his career and trails Micheal Gunter (3,536) for the top spot. Adams and Gunter are the only two running backs in school history to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards.

On the season, Adams has rushed for 1,316 yards and 11 touchdowns, and has caught 20 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown. Earlier in the season against Central Arkansas, Adams became the first player in school history to reach the 2,000-yard rushing and 1,000-yard receiving plateau in a career. Adams currently ranks fourth on the single-season rushing list and needs only 10 yards for third place, 56 yards for second place and 148 yards for the top spot held by Micheal Gunter, who rushed for 1,464 yards in 1982.

Adams' impact sometimes gets overlooked with the nation's sixth-ranked passing offense, but Head Coach Todd Graham knows exactly how much he means to the Hurricane offensive attack.

"Tarrion Adams is simply a warrior," Graham said. "He has always been a warrior every year that I have been around him. I can remember the 2005 Conference USA Championship game and the Liberty Bowl against Fresno State and that guy is a warrior. He brings it every single week, period."

His warrior mentality has led to an incredible level of consistency on the field. Adams has put together back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons after running for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns last season, becoming only the third back in school history to accomplish the feat.



Adams sees himself as an enforcer on the field. He's the one who looks to deliver the blow instead of taking them. It is that toughness that has led to one of the greatest careers in Tulsa football history.

"We're proud of him and the type of career that he has had and the toughness that he's displayed," Graham said. "No one but Tarrion, the trainers and the coaches know the toughness that he has. He's one of the toughest running backs and one of the toughest football players that I've been around. He's just a champion."