Ishmael Adams’ career debut as a returner last Saturday didn’t go unnoticed. The 5-foot-8 cornerback’s 234 all-purpose yards against Arizona State earned him a mention as Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
He was the most impressive Bruin in UCLA’s 38-33 loss, setting up his team with great field position on its first three scores. Adams totaled 185 yards on six kick returns, including a long of 69. His 49-yard punt return was the team’s longest of the season.
UCLA coaches have yet to confirm whether or not Adams will assume return duties full-time, but it’s hard to imagine him being replaced after the standout performance.
“I hope I am,” he said. “I think I did a pretty good job. I had great blocking downfield. I’ve just got to finish them.”
Adams returned a few punts in high school, as well as one kick. He did have experience carrying the ball in spot duty at running back for Oaks Christian High.
Three other Bruins have won weekly conference honors this season: linebacker Anthony Barr (defense, Sept. 16), linebacker Jayon Brown (special teams, Nov. 4), linebacker/running back Myles Jack (offense, Nov. 11).