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MARKE YVIOUS ADAMS, A SENIOR wide receiver from Greenwood, S.C., is somewhat of a rarity today when it comes to high school ath-
letes. While many athletes start specializing in
one sport at an early age to maximize their schol-
arship opportunities, the 6-foot- 4, 185-pound
Adams has played multiple sports since his days
with Greenwood Parks and Recreation.
Long before he ever put on a pair of shoulder
pads and helmet, Adams played soccer for
parks and rec and a travel team after watching
the sport on television. About that same time he
started playing basketball, a sport both his parents played at Greenwood High School. It wasn’t
until the age of 13 that Adams took up football,
the sport he’s projected to play in college.
By the time he reached middle school, Adams was a full-fledged three-sport athlete, playing football in the fall, soccer in the early spring
and baseball in the late spring. When he got to
high school, Adams had to give up soccer because the season coincided with football, but
he picked up track as a spring sport following
basketball season. Of all the sports in which he
has participated, Adams said the one he plays
on Friday nights in the fall is the most enjoyable.
“Football is my favorite,” he said. “In basket-
ball you have to keep moving but in football you
get a little bit of a break.”
As a basketball player, Adams lets the physi-
cal nature of football carry over to the court as
a post player who prefers defense to offense.
Come spring he shifts his athletic endeavors
outside and around the track where he com-
petes in the 4x100 relay, 200-meter dash,
100-meter dash, high jump and long jump.
“FOOTBALL IS MY FAVORITE. IN BASKETBALL, YOU HAVE TO KEEP MOVING BUT IN FOOTBALL YOU GET A LITTLE BIT OF A
BREAK.” — MARKEYVIOUS ADAMS
“TECHNOLOGY HAS DEFINITELY MADE THE WORKLOAD WE NORMALLY DO MUCH EASIER THAN IN THE PAST.”
— PETE GILCHRIST
JUST AS TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED our personal lives in a positive way, it has also had a profound impact on how coaches prepare for opponents.
Film study and preparation used to be a time-consuming process that took hours, sometimes
even several days, to complete before practice
resumed on Monday afternoon. Now thanks to
computer software and high-speed Internet connections, coaches can break down film quicker
in order to get their teams ready for game night.
“It’s important to understand your oppo-
“With HUDL you technically don’t have to
nent’s strengths and weaknesses and you try
to use that information to help the kids under-
stand what to do,” said North Forsyth coach
Pete Gilchrist. “Then you have a chance to be
better on Friday night.”
Prior to the Internet coaches used to physi-
cally trade tape with representatives from
opposing teams on Saturday morning, oc-
casionally driving hours for non-conference or
get in the car and meet the other coaches any-
more,” Gilchrist said.
HUDL is web-based, video-editing software
that allows coaches to share game film with
other coaches, players and college recruiters.
Gilchrist said it’s no longer efficient to edit, burn
and copy DVDs at the end of every game when
coaches can put the video online much quicker.
“You send your film over the Internet and your
opposing coaches will have it by the next morn-
ing,” he said. “This has really come of age over
the last two or three years.”
In addition, by having the game video online
the players can watch it at their convenience
and the coaches can monitor who watches the
film and for how long.
“You know you’ve got a good team if they
watch it, and on Monday they respond to what
they’ve seen,” Gilchrist said. “At the same time,
they’re looking at what we can do to get better.”
Gilchrist figures he and his staff save five to
10 hours a week using HUDL.
“Technology has definitely made the work-
load we normally do much easier than in the
past,” he noted.
It also allows the coaches to spend less time
in the meeting rooms on Sunday as they evalu-
ate Friday’s game and put together a plan of
attack for the next week.
“By the time they come in on Sunday, every
coach has watched the tape and graded their
players because it’s online,” Gilchrist said. “It
hasn’t always been that way.”
Head Coach, North Forsyth
“Track helps me in football with the speed,”
Adams said. “The 100 helps my speed for
breakaway runs and the high jump helps me go
up and get a pass in the air.”
Approaching what could be the end of his multi-
sports career, Adams would prefer to play football
exclusively in college but he’s open to playing more
than one sport. He has received football scholar-
ship offers from N.C. State, Marshall, Georgia
State, Appalachian State and Old Dominion, and
he’s been given the opportunity to try out for bas-
ketball at N.C. State and Appalachian State.