Eastern sophomore is one of 32 FCS players named as a preseason candidate for quarterback award
Eastern Washington University quarterback Vernon Adams has been selected to the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Quarterback Award in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. The preliminary watch list includes 32 returning performers competing for the honor presented annually by the CFPA.
Adams, a sophomore from Pasadena, Calif., was a nine-game starter for the Eagles as a redshirt freshman in 2012. A year ago, he was the FCS Freshman of the Year on the College Sporting News “Fabulous 50” All-America team, and was also on the College Sports Journal Freshman All-America squad. Adams was also one of 20 players on the ballot for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in FCS by The Sports Network (he finished sixth in the voting, which occurred prior to the playoffs).
Eastern Washington players have earned CFPA honors in three consecutive seasons: Taiwan Jones (2010 CFPA Running Back Award), Bo Levi Mitchell (2011 CFPA Elite Quarterback Award), and Brandon Kaufman (2012 CFPA Wide Receiver Award). Jones is also the featured FCS Awards recipient on the cover of the CFPA Official Website.
The Eagles finished seventh in FCS in passing offense (318.9 per game) in 2012, as Adams combined with Kyle Padron to lead EWU to the school record for passing yards. The Eagles finished with 4,469 yards, breaking the previous record of 4,102 yards in 2005. Adams ranked fourth in FCS in passing efficiency (160.80), and was the only freshman in the top 24 of the rankings. His efficiency rating also ranked fourth all-time in school history.
In nine games as a starter and three as a sub, he completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,961 yards, 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and also rushed for an additional 342 yards and a score. Adams had a school-record six touchdown passes against Sam Houston State (12/15/12) in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs. Adams completed 14-of-26 passes for 364 yards – all after intermission --- as EWU scored 42 points in the second half to rally from a 35-0 halftime deficit and nearly pull off an improbable rally.
"Congratulations to Vernon Adams on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," stated CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Adams is a talented passer and rusher with the potential to earn the 2013 CFPA Quarterback Award and become the fourth CFPA recipient at Eastern Washington."
All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
Currently, there are 111 CFPA recipients listed on official 2013 NFL rosters. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections. Last season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel earned the 2012 CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy, while Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple earned the 2012 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy. Multiple award presentations were broadcast live nationally on ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, as well as internationally on BYUtv.
CFPA QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST
Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
Denarius Mcghee, Montana State
John Robertson, Villanova
Sawyer Kollmorgen, Northern Iowa
Will Fiacchi, Albany
Jamal Londry-Jackson, Appalachian State
Brodrick Waters, Bethune-Cookman
Mike Westerhaus, Bryant
Matt Lancaster, Butler
Wynrick Smothers, Central Arkansas
Jacob Huesman, Chattanooga
Ben Dupree, The Citadel
Gavin McCarney, Colgate
Jeff Mathews, Cornell
Jonathan Carkhuff, Davidson
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington
Damien Fleming, Florida A&M
Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
Josh Woodrum, Liberty
Marcus Wasilewski, Maine
Chuckie Looney, Marist
Cody Stroud, McNeese State
Andy Vailas, New Hampshire
Brock Jensen, North Dakota State
Garrett Safron, Sacramento State
Brian Bell, Sam Houston State
Andy Summerlin, Samford
Mason Mills, San Diego
Dray Joseph, Southern University
Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin
Kurt Hess, Youngstown State