As 2004 Sooner football signee Randy McAdams stepped off his front porch and ventured out for a mile-long run on Wednesday night with stopwatch in hand, the 6-foot-7, 294-pound left tackle’s focus narrowed quickly and his determination roared across the landscape of Texas Hill Country.
“I’ve got to break nine minutes,” he said.
“I’ll do whatever it takes,” he said. “I don’t mind the sacrifices.”
And in an exclusive interview with OUInsider.com, McAdams made that quite clear.
He discussed a number of topics ranging from his participation in the upcoming Oil Bowl to his expectations as a freshman next season.
Yet, without being asked, McAdams also spoke rather extensively about Oklahoma junior quarterback Paul Thompson, a former teammate at Leander (Texas) High School, and a recent conversation between the two players earlier this week.
OUInsider.com: What is the timeline for your arrival in Norman?
McAdams: “I’m graduating on the 29th (of May), playing in the Oil Bowl on June 19th and then I’ll be there on June 21st.”
OUInsider.com: How do you feel about playing in the Oil Bowl?
McAdams: “It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to be around some of the other guys (Oklahoma signees' Cameron Schacht and Alan Davis) to see how they’ve progressed. That’ll give me a chance to see how I’m doing on my workouts. I can look at myself now and see where I’ve improved and where I need work. Being around the other guys, I’ll see what they’re good at and talk to them about what they do for it. It’ll let me know more about my strengths, weaknesses and where I need to improve.”
OUInsider.com: Does the Oklahoma coaching staff object to you participating in the Oil Bowl?
McAdams: “I talked to Coach Wilson and he told me he wanted me to play in the game. Coach Wright said the same thing. They want me to experience the tradition.”
OUInsider.com: How much have you talked with the coaching staff since February?
McAdams: “I’ve talked to Coach Wilson several times. It’s been a couple weeks though since I’ve spoke to him, because I’ve been working out so much and working. I’ve been really busy and he’s been busy of course with spring practice and recruiting. I talked to Coach Wright about two weeks ago. He just called to see how I was doing, checking on the workouts and asked me how everybody was doing here at the house. I really haven’t had a lot of time to contact them.”
OUInsider.com: How are your workouts progressing?
McAdams: “I got the workout sheet about a week after I signed. I started that next week and I’m coming up to my ninth or tenth week. I’ve been doing those workouts and bodybuilding workouts with a friend of mine. I’ve cut a little bit of weight and a lot of fat off my body. My bench is up from 280, 290 (pounds) to 325, 330 (pounds). I was squatting 350 (pounds) and now I’m squatting 450 (pounds). Everything’s gone up a lot.”
OUInsider.com: What about the conditioning aspect of the workouts?
McAdams: “I’ve probably run 20 to 30 miles in the last two weeks. I usually run two miles a day and my goal for that is 17, 18 minutes. Right now, I’m just working to get the running done and then in the next couple of weeks, I’m going to start trying to improve times. I’ll also be working on some long distance stuff that way I’ll be in decent shape. I want to be as prepared as possible for at least a little bit of the stuff the coaches are going to do to me."
OUInsider.com: How much do you weigh right now?
McAdams: “I weigh 294. I want to be right at 300, but I want to be more muscle than fat. I want to get down to 285 and then put on 5 or 10 pounds of muscle before I go up there (Oklahoma). I don’t have a lot of time to do it, but I’m trying to keep up with it.”
OUInsider.com: What are your personal expectations for next season?
McAdams: “If I can play (on the offensive line) that would be great, but I’ve got a lot of work to do in the weight room. At least, I’d like to be able to deep snap next season, because I’ve been doing it since I was a freshman. All the coaches down here think I have the possibility of going up there and doing it. When I was on my official visit, I snapped a few just so they (Oklahoma's coaching staff) could see it. Coach Wright commented about it and was saying that I was just as good, if not better, than what they had. If I don’t get playing time on the offensive side of the ball, I’d like to be able to snap for punts. That’d allow me to be in game situations and then I’d know what it feels like to be out there in front of all those people.”
OUInsider.com: If you were to redshirt, would that bother you?
McAdams: “No. It’d be great, because I’d have the whole year to workout with everybody, to get stronger, get faster and become more knowledgeable about the offense. The speed of the game is going to pretty difficult adjustment at first, just because everyone’s faster, stronger and bigger in college. That’s a big jump. If they redshirt me and say, ‘Randy get in the weight room,’ I will, not a problem. They say, ‘Let’s go outside and run,’ I’ll do it, no questions asked.”
OUInsider.com: One of the incoming freshman offensive lineman could be in the rotation as a backup next season. Can you be that player?
McAdams: “I hope so. I’m working towards that. I’m trying real hard. I’ve been putting myself in the weight room at least two times a day the last couple of months trying to get prepared. Mentally, I think I can handle it. It’s just physically, I need to work on a few things. But if I give it my all the next couple of weeks and I hit it really hard over the summer, then I might possibly be ready.”
OUInsider.com: Do you know who you are going to room with?
McAdams: “I think Cameron Schacht of Coppell, but I’m not sure right now.”
OUInsider.com: Have you been in touch with any fellow signees or Oklahoma players recently?
McAdams: “I talked to Paul (Thompson) the day before yesterday. He came down to stay with his family for a couple of weeks and he came up to the high school when I was running and working out. I talked to him for about 30 minutes. He was talking to me about getting in shape and giving me tips on things I should do to get prepared for what’s going to happen to me those first couple of weeks.
I talked to him about the incident with the DUI. In high school, he was never that type of guy. He wasn’t even that type of guy in college until all this stuff just got thrown at him with Jason White coming back and him doing so good, because Jason wasn’t taking snaps. When it happened, he’d just had a good friend down here pass away. We all thought Paul may have got worried about that and that may of upset him a little bit.
Between all the stuff happening, he’s never been one to go out and drink. He’s always preached against it. I think all the pressure of everything happening and all the excitement kind of got to him. He decided to have a little fun and then after his fun, he was stupid and decided to drive.
Everybody makes mistakes and I think he’s learned from it. I know he’ll never do it again. Paul’s a good guy. I have a lot of respect for him no matter what he does. He’s worked his butt off up there (Oklahoma).”
OUInsider.com: How are you doing academically?
McAdams: “My grades are good. We just finished our senior projects, where you have to do a research paper and present it before a panel of judges. I did mine on steroids. It gave me a lot of perspective on those and to tell everybody not to do them. All the stuff you see and pictures are pretty rough.”
OUInsider.com: With your arrival in Norman getting closer every day, how would you describe that anticipation?
McAdams: “I’m very excited. I was excited at first when they offered me the scholarship, even more pumped about it when I signed and to know I’m going to wear crimson and cream and be walking around on the campus really tweaks me. It really gets me going. It makes me real happy. It’s my motivation to workout every day, because that gets tiring sometimes. But when I do get tired, I start thinking about those 80,000 people that are depending on me. I want to go out there and know what it feels like to win a national championship. It just drives me harder.”