Freshman QB Vernon Adams Nominated for Jerry Rice Award - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Eastern Washington Football

Freshman QB Vernon Adams Nominated for Jerry Rice Award

Vernon Adams is one of 16 players nominated for the Jerry Rice Award - the award given to the top freshman in the FCS (Photo: EWU Athletics) Vernon Adams is one of 16 players nominated for the Jerry Rice Award - the award given to the top freshman in the FCS (Photo: EWU Athletics)

by EWU Athletics

His college football career consists of just two starts – and two victories – but Eastern Washington University quarterback Vernon Adams is one of 16 candidates announced Wednesday (Oct. 3) by The Sports Network for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award given to the top freshman in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

Adams is a freshman redshirt from Pasadena, Calif., and graduated from Alemany High School in 2011.

The watch list includes six quarterbacks, three running backs, one wide receiver, one all-purpose player, four linebackers and one strong safety. Named for the legendary wide receiver who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, the Jerry Rice Award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The list will grow to 20 finalists by then.

In addition to the Rice Award, The Sports Network presents the Walter Payton, Buck Buchanan and Eddie Robinson awards. The Payton Award honors the outstanding player in the FCS, the Buchanan Award goes to the outstanding defensive player in the FCS and the Robinson Award honors the FCS coach of the year.

All four major awards will be announced at the FCS national banquet on Dec. 17 in Philadelphia. Last year, Eastern quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell won the Payton Award, which was also won by EWU quarterback Erik Meyer in 2005. In addition, Eagle defensive end Greg Peach won the Buchanan Award in 2008 and Eastern linebacker J.C. Sherritt won that honor in 2010.

Adams is 2-0 thus far as Eastern's starter, and currently ranks 24th in FCS in passing efficiency (143.1). He has completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 428 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and has also rushed for 118 yards and a team-leading 7.4 average per carry.

In his most recent start, a 32-26 home victory over rival Montana, Adams completed 25-of-41 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, and also added a team-leading 54 yards rushing. He accounted for 407 of EWU's 447 yards of total offense. In the final quarter alone, Adams was 13-of-21 for 171 yards and a pair of scores as Eastern scored twice in the final 2:19 for the win.

His first career start came against Weber State on Sept. 22, also a 32-26 Eastern win. Although he played sparingly in the second half because of leg cramps, he was 7-of-12 for 75 yards and rushed five times for 62 yards.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Eastern WashingtonEWUMore>>

  • NAIA World Series bracket revealed; all games Live on SWX

    NAIA World Series bracket revealed; all games Live on SWX

    The defending champion Lewis-Clark State Warriors will look to win their 19th NAIA World SeriesThe defending champion Lewis-Clark State Warriors will look to win their 19th NAIA World Series

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Bracket – PDF | Schedule) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the seeds and bracket for the 2017 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series, hosted by Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).

    >>

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Bracket – PDF | Schedule) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the seeds and bracket for the 2017 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series, hosted by Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).

    >>
  • 2015-16 Academic Progress Rates released by the NCAA

    2015-16 Academic Progress Rates released by the NCAA

    Courtesy: Washington AthleticsCourtesy: Washington Athletics

    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga's athletic programs continued to thrive in the latest release of the Academic Progress Rate by the NCAA on Wednesday with seven teams earning a perfect 1,000 score and all GU teams combining for a 997 mark. That mark is tied for the second-best combined average for any school in the nation, behind only the Ivy League's Dartmouth.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga's athletic programs continued to thrive in the latest release of the Academic Progress Rate by the NCAA on Wednesday with seven teams earning a perfect 1,000 score and all GU teams combining for a 997 mark. That mark is tied for the second-best combined average for any school in the nation, behind only the Ivy League's Dartmouth.

    >>
  • Nick Booker hired as EWU's associate head men’s basketball coach

    Nick Booker hired as EWU's associate head men’s basketball coach

    Courtesy: EWU AthleticsCourtesy: EWU Athletics

    With seven years of NCAA Division I basketball experience, Nick Booker has been hired as the associate head coach on the staff of new Eastern Washington University men's basketball head coach Shantay Legans.   Booker spent the 2016-17 season at his alma mater, Davidson College, as director of basketball operations. The previous six seasons he was at UC Irvine in California, including the last five as an assistant coach.   As a player and coach, he has been...

    >>

    With seven years of NCAA Division I basketball experience, Nick Booker has been hired as the associate head coach on the staff of new Eastern Washington University men's basketball head coach Shantay Legans.   Booker spent the 2016-17 season at his alma mater, Davidson College, as director of basketball operations. The previous six seasons he was at UC Irvine in California, including the last five as an assistant coach.   As a player and coach, he has been...

    >>