LAYTON — Northridge High senior tailback Davy Adams is considered relatively short in football terms, coming in at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds. That measurement includes his wavy, Afro-like hairstyle which adds at least several inches.
"I'm probably not even 5-10," Adams quipped. "I'm probably only 5-9 if I'm lucky. I can hide behind the line."
But what he lacks in height he certainly makes up for with electric acceleration, piercing change of direction and a vision that allows him to find holes quicker than Shia LaBeouf.
"He might be the best overall football player in the state," Northridge coach Erik Thompson told the Deseret News in the preseason. "If he didn't get so tired on offense, he'd be one of the best defensive players in the state as well, but we spell him a little bit over there."
As a junior, Adams broke three school records and finished with 2,817 all-purpose yards with 20 total touchdowns, earning him first-team all-state honors. With defensive schemes tailoring around him this season, being one of only two returning starters for the Knights, an encore performance wasn't expected.
Those doubts have been put to rest faster than Adams' 4.46 40-time.
Through eight games, not only has Northridge surprised the state with a 7-1 mark, but Adams is on pace to break all of his own records and pencil his name on several others, too.
"That's been my goal going into the season," said Adams, who's in the midst of talks with BYU, Utah State, Weber State and Dixie State. "I didn't want to have a better junior year than senior year. It's been my goal to break those records I set and then there's a couple more I'm trying to get."
However, what separates Adams as an elite player in the state isn't his athletic ability, but rather his burning desire to come out on top.
"He's ultra-competitive — one of the most competitive kids I've ever met," Thompson said.
That mentality was contagious last week against Layton, the school that Adams' five brothers went to and that up until his ninth-grade year he planned on attending.
The Knights, suffering from a hangover from their first loss, fell behind 28-7 at halftime despite being huge favorites. But behind Adams' 166 total yards and four rushing touchdowns, the Knights blanked the Lancers in the second half and ultimately won 30-28.
"If I was going to pick one team, it would be Layton for sure," Adams said. "The last four years have been awesome games against Layton. It's always fun to play them."
As he continues to check off preseason and career goals, the 2011 Region 1 offensive MVP still has some lofty expectations unresolved.
"I guess it matters how far our team goes, but I want to be Mr. Football. That always matters how good your team does," Adams said. "We have a chance (to win in 5A). We've got to win this Friday (against Davis) and we'll get the second seed and I feel like we'll have a good road (in the playoffs). I think we'll surprise a lot of people."
It could be considered a tall task in football terms. But there's no reason this 5-foot-10, do-it-all back can't reach it.
Well, 5-foot-9 — including the Afro.