Is Auburn's Darvin Adams The Most Underrated Receiver In The Country?

Chris MizeranyCorrespondent IJune 17, 2010

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Darvin Adams #89 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates his touchdown with Byron Isom #57 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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When Darvin Adams came to Auburn, he was overshadowed by other class of 2008 recruits such as DeRon Furr, Raven Gray, Cameron Henderson, and Jermaine Johnson.

Now, two years later, he is the only one of those names remaining on the Tigers' roster. However, just making the team isn't enough for him.

Last season was his breakout year. He caught sixty passes for 997 yards and ten touchdowns in 2010, leading the Tigers in all receiving categories. His 76.69 receiving yards per game were good enough for third in the SEC.

Adams lit a spark under Gus Malzahn's new offense by making big play after big play in key moments last year.

In Auburn's first big game of the season—week three against West Virginia—Adams broke out, catching six passes for 80 yards and three touchdowns. After slowing down during the middle of the season, he finished strong.

In Auburn's last three games—against Georgia, Alabama and Northwestern in the Outback Bowl—Adams combined for 380 yards on 22 catches and one touchdown.

After achieving this much in his first true season as a starter, while adjusting to a new offense and with an average quarterback coming off of shoulder surgery throwing to him, most fans expected the sophomore receiver to be awarded in postseason accolades.

This was not the case. Adams was overlooked by the Associated Press All-SEC team. Not only was he overlooked for first team honors, but also second team and honorable mention.

It's a new season, but the answer to the question remains the same.

Who is the most underrated receiver in the nation?

The answer is Darvin Adams. He is ready for us, but are we ready for him?