Based on the past month or so, the Stanford football program could certainly use some positive personnel news. Friday, they got just that.
Just a short time ago, the school announced that Paulson Adebo has opted to return to the Stanford football team for his senior season. One of the top cornerbacks in the country, it had been widely expected that Adebo would make himself available for the 2020 NFL Draft.
From the school’s release:
He has 38 passes defended and eight interceptions in his career and has been named All-Pac-12 first team in each of the last two seasons. In 2018, he was named FWAA second team All-American after leading the nation, and setting a school record, with 24 passes defended.
In 2019, Adebo finished with 33 tackles, 10 pass breakups and four interceptions, despite only playing in the first nine games. He led the Pac-12 in passes defended and interceptions per game, while ranking third and eighth nationally, respectively. In three October games, Adebo totaled five pass breakups, three interceptions and nine tackles., twice earning Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Adebo is the second significant return for the Cardinal. In mid-December, All-American offensive tackle Walker Little announced that he too would be eschewing the 2020 NFL Draft. Conversely, tight end Colby Parkinson a few days after Little that he was leaving Stanford football for the draft.