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December 9, 2013

Adkins wraps up EMCC career at 24-0

BILOXI —  Off the field, East Mississippi Community College wide receiver Antoinne Adkin’s life has been a roller coaster. On it though, it has been nothing short of perfect.

    Adkins, a former standout at Meridian High School, wrapped up his playing career at EMCC with a perfect 24-0 record en route to becoming the first player in the history of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges to win two national titles.

    “It feels real good,” Adkins said following a 52-32 win over No. 1 Georgia Military in the Mississippi Bowl Sunday night. “I mean, 24-0, two national titles, two state titles. It can’t feel any better.”

    The championships are sweet, but what makes them sweeter for Adkins is the road it took to get them.

    After helping the Lions to their first national championship in 2011, Adkins injured himself the following offseason, tearing his ACL while participating in summer drills.

    The injury sidelined him the entire 2012 season. If the pain in his right knee didn’t hurt him enough, watching his Lions fall in back-to-back games to close out the season certainly did.

    “It was real hard,” he said. “It was real hard for me to see my team come up short. So, that just gave me the energy and motivation to come out and work that much harder.”

    Adkins wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to play at the same level after the injury, and neither were college scouts. He knew he needed to put up stats this season if he was going to earn a college scholarship. The 5-10, 185-pound Meridian native didn’t disappoint.

    Adkins finished the season tied for the team lead in receptions with 53 and touchdown receptions with eight. His 807 receiving yards put him second on the team behind receiver C.J. Bates who had 850.

    At no time was his dominance more apparent than on Sunday when he torched No. 1 Georgia Military for 186 yards and two touchdowns on six receptions to earn Offensive MVP for the Lions.

    “The thing about Antoinne is he’s such a good player, but he’s also a very big leader on our team,” EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens said. “He is a big influence to our guys.”

    Adkins does not currently hold a Division I offer but is being recruited by Utah, Troy and Louisiana-Lafayette.

    “I see him as a great wide receiver at the next level,” Stephens said. “I think he will be a very big part of someone’s offense next year.”

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