Kentucky's Adams gives up football to focus on baseball

May 19, 2012 

University of Kentucky two-sport athlete Brian Adams has decided to give up his final two seasons of football and focus on his baseball career.

Adams played in 11 football games as a sophomore last season and caught five passes for 46 yards. He was listed as the No. 2 outside receiver on the UK depth chart entering spring practice but decided to stay with the baseball team this spring as it made a run at a Southeastern Conference title.

"It has been a tremendous honor to play two sports here at Kentucky," Adams said in a news release Saturday. "I can't thank Coach (Joker) Phillips, the football staff, and Coach (Gary) Henderson and the baseball staff enough for allowing me the opportunity to do what millions of kids dream of doing at the top level in college athletics. At this point in my career and after talking with Coach Phillips and Coach Henderson, and spending time praying about it with my family, it is time for me to focus on baseball. The University of Kentucky has provided me has been a once-in-a-lifetime chance and I am proud to be a Wildcat."

Adams, an outfielder in baseball, batted .250 this season with one homer and seven RBI. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Gainesville, Ga., is eligible to be chosen in the Major League Baseball amateur draft in June.

"When we signed Brian as a two-sport athlete who was drafted by Cincinnati (Reds) coming out of high school, we knew that eventually the time would come for him to make a decision about his long-term athletic future," Phillips said. "We thank Brian for his contributions to Kentucky football and look forward to watching him during his baseball career."

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