Picture is Tuskegee cornerback Adam Lucas returning an inteception 78 yards against Fort Valley State in the SIAC Championship game.
Scott Porter: You had a very successful journey with Tuskegee. This season you had 7 interceptions. A lot of people have not heard of you due to playing at a D2 level. What would you tell people who may not have heard of you?
Adam Lucas: I would tell them I make plays. I play the game to make plays and my resume will show that. I am out there trying to make a big play at all times weather that is on special teams trying to block a punt of get the big pick and score with the ball. I force fumbles. I am a walking big play ready to blow up at all times.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Adam Lucas: I feel my greatest strengths are my ability to play multiple positions. I have played free safety, strong safety, cornerback and the nickel position. I have great ball skills and I make a play when the ball is in the air. I go up and get the ball and take it away.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Adam Lucas: My first goal is to make a roster. Coming from a small school I know it can be hard to get your shot, but I feel I put myself in a good situation to earn a chance at the NFL. I just want to get my shot and show then what I can do on the field. That is really my main focus right now.
Scott Porter: What is your favorite memory at Tuskegee?
Adam Lucas: I would say bringing history back to Tuskegee. Tuskegee has always been a school of dominance. We had a great season. Our defense was top 3 in the nation in interceptions, scoring defense and takeaways. We felt we didn’t have a very good year last year and we really stepped up this year and got to where we wanted to be.
Scott Porter: Is there a player you model your game after?
Adam Lucas: There are a few players I try to pick stuff up from. The first is Asante Samuel. I like him because he sits off his man and reads and makes a play on the ball. I played FS/SS at Tuskegee also and I tried to pick up pieces of Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. Ed is a tremendous ball hawk and Troy plays very well in the box and makes plays all over the field. I also try to pick up some things from Charles Woodson. He has great ball skills and like me he plays a lot in the box as well as in the nickel and has played some safety. I think he compares similar to my style of play.
Scott Porter: What are your hobbies away from the field?
Adam Lucas: I am a big sports junkie weather that be on or off the field. Right now I like to watch college basketball or really any sport for that matter. Football, basketball anything that is on the tube.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Adam Lucas: From a personal level I set a ton of goals for myself. My goal coming into this year was 11 interceptions. I fell short and ended up with 7 but I thought that was pretty darn good. 11 may not have been realistic but I wanted to set a high goal for myself to have something to shoot for. I am very happy to end the season with 7. I felt I had a very good year. From a team stand point when I came in as Freshmen it was the last of a 4 peat. We had a few years where we were disappointed in our record but then I went out with a Championship my Senior season and felt I helped get the program back on track at Tuskegee. It was great going out with that big win.
Scott Porter: You were part of a very good secondary at Tuskegee. Tell us what it was like playing with Jamar Hornsby and William Buford.
Adam Lucas: Those guys were great. It was amazing being part of a secondary with those guys. Jamar’s game day intensity was insane. Jamar’s intensity was through the roof. The entire team fed off Jamar’s intensity. He really got us amped up for games. I have always been the type that I like to be seen not heard and sit back pretty mellow, but Jamar will get you up for any game. Doesn’t matter if it is the smallest of games or the biggest of games. Jamar will make sure you are ready. William is a great film studier. He prepares for games like nobody else. He makes sure we are all on the same page. He is able to pick up the details. He is familiar with what the QB is doing out there because he studies them all week, he knows route combinations and different situations where teams may change things up. His preparation game was second to nobody and it really helped us as a team.