HERO Sports is counting down the days until the kickoff of the 2018 college football season on Saturday, Aug. 25, by featuring the best player in the FBS at each jersey number, from 99-1. Each day, from May 18 through Aug. 24, we'll publish one article showcasing the best player whose jersey number matches the number of days remaining.
No. 77 Paul Adams
Missouri – OT
Paul Adams earns the nod as the best No. 77 in college football, beating out Marcus Norman (USF), Patrick Vahe (Texas), Matt Womack (Alabama) and others.
Adams, a 6-foot-6, 315-pounder redshirt senior, enters his final season with 25 consecutive starts at right tackle. He's led units that allowed the fewest tackles for loss in the FBS each of the last two years and allowed the fifth-fewest sacks in the FBS last season.
“He’s got unlimited potential,” tight end Kendall Blanton said in December. “He should have been All-SEC. . . . I don’t think there’s too many tackles in the nation better than Paul Adams.”
The Tennessee native is a two-time captain who will be center stage this season as he blocks for potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Drew Lock.
"Paul knows everyone on this team front and back,” Lock said. “I think that’s something that guys need. Guys need to have someone they relate to in the locker room.”