EUGENE, Oregon – Dan Lanning has hired Junior Adams as the Ducks’ new offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, the Oregon football head coach announced Monday.
Adams is the second addition of the day for Lanning, who previously named Joe Lorig as special teams coordinator and Nickels coach. Monday’s announcements bring Lanning’s assistant coaches to seven, Adams and Lorig joining offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, defensive co-coordinator Matt Powledge, cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin, line coach defense Tony Tuioti and associate head coach and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.
âJunior Adams is a great addition to this coaching staff,â said Lanning. âHe has considerable experience on the West Coast both as a player and a coach, as well as knowledge and familiarity with the Pac-12 conference. Coach Adams is a great teacher and mentor of young men, and I am delighted for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to learn from him.
âHe’s used to developing NFL talent as a wide receiver, and I look forward to seeing him develop other playmakers here in Oregon. His experience as a caller will be immensely beneficial. for our staff as we work to install our offensive system here in Oregon. I am delighted to welcome Junior and his family to Eugene. “
Adams arrives in Oregon from rival Pac-12 Washington where he worked the past three seasons as the Huskies wide receivers coach. He spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach of Western Kentucky before moving to Seattle, and also worked at Montana State (2004-06), Prosser High School in Washington (2007), Chattanooga (2008), Eastern Washington (2009 -13) and Boise State (2014-16).
âI want to thank Coach Lanning for giving me this opportunity to be a part of this great team he’s building at the University of Oregon,â said Adams. âI really look forward to going to Eugene and meeting and working with the elite student-athletes we already have on campus, as well as finding and developing the next big generation of Oregon Ducks. . I have seen with my own eyes how impacting the Oregon brand can be on a national level, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. Go ducks! “
In his first season in Washington in 2019, Adams oversaw a promising receiving corps that was led by Aaron Fuller’s 59 receptions for 702 yards. An all-American selection with honorable mention, Fuller ended his UW career No.7 in program history in both receptions (159) and receiving yards (2,051).
Adams helped the Huskies break a 3-1 record in the cropped 2020 season, with second Puka Nacua making nine catches for 151 yards and one touchdown in just three games. Junior Terrell Bynum also had 130 yards on eight receptions in limited action.
As the offensive coordinator and West Kentucky wide receivers coach, Adams helped Nacarius Fant register the fifth-best season in receptions history with 75. Deon Yelder also broke all-time records. WKU with 52 catches for 688 yards and quarterback. Mike White led the FBS as a senior with 368 goals while placing fourth nationally with 4,177 passing yards.
Adams spent three seasons at Boise State before moving to western Kentucky, spending 2014 and 2015 as a wide receivers coach before adding the title of passing play coordinator in 2016. The Passing Play the Broncos thrived under Adams, ranking 15th nationally in 2016 with 298.3 passing yards through play.
Adams coached a pair of very successful receivers at Boise State in Cedrick Wilson and Thomas Sperbeck. Wilson placed eighth nationally in 2016 with 20.2 yards per catch, and Sperbeck joined him as a 1,000-yard receiver en route to end his career as Boise State’s all-time leader. in terms of receiving yards.
As the East Washington wide receivers coach, Adams recruited and mentored one of the best receivers in FCS history from current Los Angeles Ram Cooper Kupp. Four-time All-American FCS, two-time Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year and Walter Payton Award winner during his career, Kupp caught 93 passes for 1,691 yards and 21 touchdowns, his career best ever under tutelage. ‘Adams in 2013, winning the Jerry Rice Award as the nation’s top FCS freshman.
âI have had a lot of coaches throughout my football career,â Kupp said recently. “None have had a greater impact on me than Coach Adams. His ability to coach the wide receiver is unmatched due to his knowledge of the game as a whole, as well as his ability to maximize the potential of the receiver. each of his players physically and mentally, the best there is.
Adams began his coaching career as a wide receivers and punt returns coach at Montana State, his alma mater, from 2004 to 2006, before serving in the same role in 2007 at Prosser High School and helping the Mustangs to a 14-0 record and the state’s 2A championship. He was an assistant coach at Chattanooga in 2008 before moving to eastern Washington.
An outstanding receiver during his playing days at Montana State, Adams still ranks in the top 10 in program history with 1,635 career receiving yards despite just two seasons. His 66 receptions for 983 yards and eight touchdowns in 2002 still rank in the top 10 in school history, and he holds MSU records for yards and touchdowns received per game, as well as average returns from career punts (17.3). Adams was an honorable mention of the All-American selection and the All-Big Sky first team as a senior.
Prior to going to Montana State, Adams played his first two college seasons at Oregon State in 1999 and 2000. In his sophomore year, he helped the Beavers go 11-1 and win the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. .
Adams received his degree in sociology from the state of Montana in 2004.