AUDIO Johnny Rodgers on why he created the award
Joe Adams, senior wide receiver on the 2011 University of Arkansas Razorback team, has been named the recipient of the Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers National College Football Return Specialist Award. Adams led the nation with four punt returns for touchdowns during the season. He returned 19 punts for 316 yards and ran an average of 17 yards per return. In 2010, Adams ranked second in the SEC and fifth in the NCAA with an average of 15.56 yards per punt return, the seventh-highest single-season average in school history.
An awards banquet in honor of Adams is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in Omaha, Neb.