words // Brandon Richard
After beefing up their football lineup in March, adidas announced the acquisition of two additional NFL prospects earlier today. Joining the 3-Stripes team next season will be Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller and Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb. Miller and Cobb join Nebraska DB Prince Amukamara, Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray, Boise State WR Titus Young, Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph and Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan as the new crop of adidas Football players.
Another dominating season landed Von Miller the 2010 Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. He was also named a first-team All-American for the second consecutive season and finished his college career with 33 sacks. After winning the Defensive MVP at the 2011 Senior Bowl and being one of the standout performers at the NFL Combine, Miller is projected to be a Top 5 in next week’s NFL Draft.
“My game is all about speed,” said Texas A&M All-American Miller. “I need a cleat that keeps me fast when I’m rushing the quarterback or dropping back in coverage. I wore adidas in college and like that adidas cleats give me the speed I need combined with support and versatility. Beyond the football field, I look forward to partnering with adidas to give back to my local communities and support charities and programs that have been instrumental in my development on and off the field.”
Randall Cobb lined up primarily as a receiver at Kentucky, but proved to be a versatile talent in his time there. He also made contributions at quarterback, punt returner, kickoff returner and kick holder. Last season, Cobb broke the SEC all-purpose yardage record and set a school record for career touchdowns. He was named first-team All-American and All-SEC. Expect Cobb to come off the board within the first two rounds of the draft.
“I signed with adidas for the adiZero 5-Star,” said Kentucky’s record setting wide receiver Cobb. “Versatility is the key to my game and the 5-Star gives me the speed and support I need to excel on the field.”
As mentioned by Cobb, the new signings come on the heels of adidas’ introduction of the brand new adiZero 5-Star cleat. Weighing in at just 6.9 ounces, the 5-Star is said to be 3 ounces lighter than the nearest competitor.
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Von Miller, Linebacker, Texas A&M
Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver, Kentucky