He's built on that success in his senior season, blasting opposing defensive linemen to open holes for a Cowboy running game that averages more than five yards per carry and keeping Weeden off his backside as part of a line that has allowed just 11 sacks in 12 games.
“Guys kind of see how he plays and just is able to manhandle guys,” Weeden said. “Obviously, he's physically extremely gifted.”
Said Adcock: “The stats that our running backs and Weeden throw up, we know who it's from. And we take great pride in all the rushing yards and the passing yards, for sure.”
In the process, he developed into a consensus All-American and likely an early round NFL draft pick.
“He really had a great year last year from a learning and experience standpoint,” Gundy said. “And then this year, he's just kind of polished his skills. He's got the body type — he's 6-5, 330 — so he's got everything.”
Having “everything” obviously includes the chatter. But while he'll always gripe about running and conditioning, he's also become a vocal leader for the Cowboys.
“He speaks his mind,” Weeden said. “He gets guys on the same page.”
The Fiesta Bowl will mark the end of Adcock's OSU career — and also the end of his signature ‘do. He plans to chop off the long locks sometime next week.
But he hopes his last game with the long hair is a memorable one. After all, it was his own personal symbol of the Cowboys' rise to the BCS.
“I don't want to cut anything good off,” Adcock said. “So I kept it.
“Just being a part of this whole show, it's been great. Just everything.”