Senior place-kicker is seventh Wildcat in eight years to earn prestigious honor
General: Started 38 career games at linebacker (middle and outside) ... 2007 team co-captain ... Versatile linebacker who played both inside and outside ... Closed career with 296 tackles ... Earned his undergraduate degree in four years and was enrolled in graduate school during his fifth year.
2007: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Team co-MVP ... Named to the AFCA Good Works Team@ on Sept. 12 -- one of 11 FBS players named to the team, and the only Big Ten player ... Co-captain ... Savored a career year at middle linebacker ... Team leader with 125 tackles ... Ranked third in Big Ten and 21st nationally in tackles per game (10.4) ... Notched 10 or more tackles in four of his last six games ... Closed year with a career-best 17-tackle performance (one TFL) against Illinois ... Totaled 15 tackles vs. Minnesota ... Also had a 0.5 TFL ... Had one of his top career games at Ohio State: 13 tackles (career-high-tying nine solo tackles) vs. the Buckeyes ... Also had two TFL's and a forced fumble (which NU recovered) ... Followed his strong performance vs. Minnesota with a stellar effort vs. Eastern Michigan, and was named NU's defensive player of the game: 12 tackles, which included one sack, an interception and a pass breakup which led to another NU interception ... Earned team's third straight defensive player of the game honor with 10 tackles and a breakup at Purdue ... Notched eight tackles, including a 0.5 TFL and a QB hurry, against Northeastern ... Nine tackles and a deflection versus Nevada ... Nine tackles and a 0.5 TFL against Duke ... Nine tackles vs. Michigan ... Seven hits at Michigan State ... Nine stops vs. Iowa ... Versus Indiana, registered seven tackles, a 0.5 TFL, a QB hurry and a win-clinching fumble recovery with 12 seconds left.
2006: Started at middle linebacker after playing outside the past few years ... Replaced NU's all-time leading tackler Tim McGarigle ... Was slowed much of the year with nagging injuries ... Team's leading tackler with 80 hits ... Notched five tackles (three solos) at Miami (Ohio) ... Four tackles vs. New Hampshire ... Eight tackles vs. Eastern Michigan ... Led all players with nine tackles (eight solos) at Nevada ... One of his hits at Nevada was a 2-yard TFL ... Seven tackles (five solos) at Penn State ... Six tackles (five solos), as well as a fumble recovery, at Wisconsin ... Four tackles vs. Purdue ... Team-best nine tackles, a fumble recovery and QB hurry vs. Michigan State ... Five tackles, as well as a forced fumble -- the third of his career, at Michigan ... Nine tackles at Iowa ... Season-high 12 tackles (5 solos), including a TFL, vs. Ohio State ... Two tackles, a half-sack and forced fumble vs. Illinois.
2005: Returned from his 2004 season-ending leg injury that he suffered against Kansas ... Starting outside linebacker ... Team's third-leading tackler with 71 hits, which included 3.5 TFL's (one of them a sack) ... Also had a pass breakup ... Closed the regular season with 10 tackles and a forced fumble at Illinois ... Named NU's Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Illini ... Totaled four tackles, a TFL (sack) and forced fumble vs. Ohio ... Notched eight tackles (1 TFL) and a pass breakup vs. Northern Illinois ... Totaled six tackles (five solos) at Arizona State ... Registered two tackles and his first career interception (he snagged a deflected Michael Robinson pass) vs. Penn State ... Recorded five tackles vs. Wisconsin ... Racked up a season-best nine solo tackles at Purdue ... Six tackles (four solos) at Michigan State ... 11 tackles and a hurry vs. Michigan ... One tackle vs. Iowa ... Four tackles vs. Ohio State ... Five tackles, a 0.5 TFL and a hurry vs. UCLA in the Sun Bowl.
2004: Earned a medical hardship for the year ... Sprained his left MCL (knee) and broke his leg vs. Kansas and missed remainder of year ... Totaled three solo tackles, including two TFL's, and a hurry before leaving the KU game in the second quarter ... Made his first career start at middle linebacker vs. TCU ... Finished with seven tackles (a team-high six solos), which included a 6-yard sack and a 1/2 TFL ... Five tackles (three solos) vs. Arizona State.
2003: Played special teams and reserve linebacker as a true freshman ... Totaled five tackles in 10 games ... Notched two tackles in the win over Duke ... Named team's Scout Team Player of the Week for the Penn State contest.
High School: Ranked 62nd nationally among inside linebackers on Rivals.com web site ... SuperPrep all-region and PrepStar/Rivals all-region linebacker ... First-team All-Ohio Capital Conference, first-team all-region and first-team all-state selection as a senior ... Tabbed as a second-team all-conference and all-region player as a junior ... Totaled 154 tackles, six sacks, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles in 2002 ... Rang up 100 tackles, 11 sacks and five pass deflections in 2001 ... The Shamrocks went 9-4 his junior year and captured the regional championship before an 8-3 season in 2002 ... Team captain ... Also a team captain and four-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Earned all-state honors in lacrosse as a junior and senior ... Intense weightlifter ... Coached by Mark Crabtree.
Personal: Born Adam John Kadela on 12/3/84 ... Son of Dave and Lynn Kadela ... Father played offensive tackle at Michigan and sister, Stacey, rows on the varsity crew team at Indiana ... Older brother, Dave, started three years as a right tackle at Virginia Tech and then played professionally for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons ... Prep teammate of former NU player Ikechuku Ndukwe (2000-04) ... Chose NU over Indiana and Vanderbilt ... Earned undergraduate degree in communication studies and business institutions (minor) ... Enrolled in Northwestern's master's in communication studies graduate program.
The Kadela File
Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
A: Ronald Reagan
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
A: Lord of the Rings
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: Children need encouragement
Q: If you had to choose the best television show ever made, which one would you pick?
A: Family Guy
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is...
A: I read a lot of fantasy books
Q: My favorite opposing stadium to play in is...
A: Ohio State
Q: The best book I have ever read is...
A: A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
Q: My favorite place to visit is...
Q: My favorite food is...
A: Donato's Pizza
Q: If I were not playing football, I would be...
A: Playing lacrosse
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester?
A: Demetrius Eaton
Q: If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would you
like it to be?
A: I would like to be able to play the piano