Nov. 6, 2008
By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information
Every once in awhile, a walk-on will make an impact on a football program a couple years into their career. Very rarely does a walk-on arrive on campus and play a couple of weeks later as a true freshman.
That is exactly what Adam Macomber did when he walked-on at Eastern Washington University out of Port Angeles High School in 2005. Fast forward to 2008, and the 5-foot-6, 170-pound senior defensive back is in the final stretch of his playing career as a cornerback and special teams standout at Eastern.
Macomber made an immediate impact for the Eagles in 2005 as a reserve running back and a contributor on special teams. His impact was so impressive that he was selected as the EWU Special Teams Player of the Year. He finished the season with 48 yards rushing on 17 carries and added four tackles. He also returned six kickoffs for a 24.7 average with a long of 36.
In 2006, Macomber lettered as a backup cornerback and special teams player. He made his first career start at rover against Northern Colorado and had a season-high eight tackles against West Virginia. He was also one of five Eagles given off-season strength and conditioning awards. In 2007, Macomber's special teams talents helped him earn honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors as he finished with 17 tackles.
This season, Macomber is continuing his excellence on the field despite a less than ideal win-loss record for the team. With 25 tackles and a forced fumble this season, Macomber has played in 39 career games with 70 tackles, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one pass broken up, 67 rushing yards and a 24.2 average per kickoff return.
Out of playoff contention, the Eagles are focusing on their final three games of the season in hopes of registering EWU's 11th winning season in the last 13 years. The Eagles are on the road this weekend to face Northern Colorado, and will return next Saturday (Nov. 15) for the final home game of the season against Northern Arizona. Eastern will wrap-up the 2008 season Nov. 22 in Ogden, Utah, against Weber State.
Q: What are the team's goals for the remainder of the season?
A: "As you probably know we all had very high expectations for our team for this season. Unfortunately, we have fallen a bit short. From this point on, the goals of our team are pretty much the same. Although we are out of contention for a conference championship and a playoff berth, we are still going to go out and prepare as hard as we can to be prepared for our upcoming opponent so that we are able to come out with a win. As for our last three games, our goals and expectations are to walk away from each game with a W. Our team has a tremendous amount of very gifted players -- there is talent at every position. This is a team that works very hard, and for me, these last three games are going to be a time to remind people of that. We need to show them how good of a football team we are and can be."
Q: With this being your last year at Eastern, how are you feeling about your college football experience?
A: "My college football experience has been great. I've met a ton of great people, including teammates, coaches and other people associated with Eastern Athletics. Looking back on it now, this experience seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye. This whole atmosphere and the people I'm surrounded by are something that I will definitely miss when this is all said and done."
Q: Were you surprised that you saw playing time your freshman year after walking on?
A: "I was definitely surprised to see playing time as a freshman, and to be a walk-on on top of that is even more special. To me it shows some of the obstacles that I have had to overcome and the will and determination that I have had in order to put myself in a position to be able to play."
Q: What part of football do you like best?
A: "To be honest, the best part of football that I like are the guys that I'm around. My teammates and coaches are some of the best people to be around. It seems like no matter what, we are always having fun. After that I would have to say game day is the best part about college football. Saturdays are what we play for -- it's just a different atmosphere on Saturdays and in the game."
Q: You may be small, but can really make some highlight reel hits. What do you attribute this to?
A: "I attribute that to hard work in the weight room. Ever since high school when I started lifting weights I've taken it very seriously, and took pride in always working the hardest and being the strongest. That has always helped me make up for my lack of height. Usually people see how tall I am and underestimate what I can do. This has gotten many Big Sky Conference football players in trouble. Before the season started the team gave everyone nicknames and mine happened to be `Mighty Mouse'! Every game I try to live up to the name."
Q: Best player you've ever played against?
A: "There have been a few -- Pat White and Steve Slaton a few years back at West Virginia, and then Michael Crabtree this year at Texas Tech. I might have to go with Slaton as the toughest overall though."
Q: What are your goals for after you graduate?
A: "After I graduate I'll hopefully be starting a long and prosperous career in personal training."
Q: A game comes down to the final play for a victory, what offensive play call do you make?
A: "Being a defensive player, I'm not much of a play caller. However, I would suggest a play called tricky trap, which is a trick running play to myself. Other than that I would have to say any kind of deep post or fade ball to myself, anything that gets me 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 so that I can showcase my speed, strength, and athleticism to bring in a victory for EWU! In all reality though, we have plenty of weapons on offense that we could go to at any time for a big play."
Q: You've been a standout on almost all of the special teams throughout your career. How important are special teams in the grand scheme of things and what is your favorite one?
A: "Special teams are a huge part of football. Some of the largest momentum swings come from special teams. I'd have to say there is a tie for my favorite in kickoff and punt. I like running down on kickoff and knocking people out, same thing as a gunner on the punt team. Anytime I can have a 40-yard running start to hit someone I'm all for it!"
Q: Who have been the most influential people in your playing career?
A: "Some of the most influential people in my playing career have been my parents and family. They have supported me through everything. Also, high school coaches Bob Withrow and Dwayne Johnson have played a large part in my football skills and preparation in getting to the next level. My high school head coach Dan Novick was probably the most influential person in my playing career. He taught me a lot about football and life in general. So to all these people, thank you!"