Adams named Big Sky, FCS Off. Player of the Week
Posted on November 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM
For directing a perfect 8-for-8 performance by the offense in third-ranked Eastern Washington University’s 54-29 victory over fifth-ranked Montana State, sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams has been selected by The Sports Network as its co-National Offensive Player of the Week.
Adams, a 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore from Pasadena, Calif., also earned national player of the week honors from College Sports Madness and Beyond Sports Network, and was the College Football Performance Awards FCS Quarterback Performer of the Week. In addition, he was selected as the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season and fifth time of his career.
The Walter Payton Award candidate completed 16-of-18 passes for 300 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Bobcats, and also rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown. Adams finished with an efficiency rating of 302.2, barely missing on school and Big Sky Conference records.
“Vernon was special and the receivers were special,” praised Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. “Just two incompletions -- that is impressive. That is just the type of player he is. He keeps getting better, and he keeps working at it.”
Adams became the school’s single-season leader in passing touchdowns against MSU, and his 39 are just three shy of the Big Sky single-season record of 42. Eastern, which scored on all eight of its offensive possessions in the game, ran 48 offensive plays for 591 yards, a Big Sky single game record of 12.3 yards per play.
Now 16-3 as a starter at EWU, Adams has 26 pass completions already in his career of at least 40 yards, including 17 for touchdowns. All but four of those have come this season, and three of them came versus the Bobcats.
Adams is ranked No. 1 again this week in passing efficiency in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. With a 67.4 percent completion rate (213-of-316 to rank seventh in FCS), 3,378 yards (third), 39 touchdowns (second) and nine interceptions for the season, he has a rating of 192.2. Eastern also leads the nation with a 191.5 team rating. Adams is second in FCS in points responsible for with an average of 26.2 per game (total of 260 to rank first, with 39 TD passes, four rushing touchdowns and one two-point conversion). He is also second in FCS in total offense per game (384.8) and third in passing yards per game (337.8 per game).