EWU's Adams Earns Player Of Week Honor - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

EWU's Adams Earns Player Of Week Honor

Posted: Updated:

by GoEags.com

For the second time this season, sophomore q­­uarterback and Walter Payton Award candidate Vernon Adams has earned National Offensive Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness after leading the third-ranked Eastern Washington University football team to a 42-37 victory at 10th-ranked Montana Saturday (Oct. 26).

Other national accolades and Big Sky Conference player of the week honors will be awarded on Monday (Oct. 28). Adams was also honored by College Sports Madness as FCS Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season after directing EWU to a 49-46 upset victory at Oregon State on Aug. 31.

The sophomore quarterback completed 27-of-40 passes against the Grizzlies for a career-high 457 yards, ranking as the fifth-most in school history. His six TDs tied the school record set on five previous occasions, including once by Adams in the second half alone of last year's loss in the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

Adams is ranked No. 1 again this week in passing efficiency in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. With a 67.3 percent completion rate (171-of-254 to rank eighth in FCS), 2,646 yards (fourth), 30 touchdowns (second) and eight interceptions for the season, he has a rating of 187.5. Eastern also leads the nation with a 184.8 team rating.

In addition, Adams is third in FCS in points responsible for with an average of 25.0 per game (total of 200 to rank second, with 30 TD passes, three rushing touchdowns and one two-point conversion). He is also third in FCS in total offense (372.5) and fifth in passing yards (330.8 per game).

In other individual national rankings, redshirt freshman receiver Cooper Kupp is third in FCS with 11 touchdown receptions, and is also 14th in receiving yards per game (97.1, with a total of 777 to rank 12th) and 41st in receptions (5.5 per game, with a total of 44).

In each of his last two games -- Southern Utah on Oct. 19 and Montana on Oct. 26 -- Kupp had 11 catches to equal the 12th-best in school history tied with 10 others, including teammate Ashton Clark with 11 grabs versus SUU a year ago. Kupp finished with 168 yards and a score against the Thunderbirds and versus the Grizzlies he had two touchdowns and 182 yards to rank 18th all-time at EWU.

Clark, a senior wide receiver, is 30th in FCS in receiving yards (85.5 per game, with a total of 684 to rank 26th) and 41st in receptions (5.5 per game, with a total of 44). Senior cornerback T.J. Lee, who is now tied for the school record for career forced fumbles with six, has three this season to rank 12th in FCS in average per game (0.38). He also is 18th in fumble recoveries per game (0.38), with a total of three.

As a team, EWU is leading FCS in passing efficiency (184.8), and is eighth in total offense (503.1 per game), sixth in passing (340.6), 65th in rushing (162.5) and 19th in scoring (37.4). Defensively, EWU is 85th in total defense (417.8), 60th in rushing (168.9), 100th in passing (248.9) and 70th in scoring (27.8). In addition, the Eagles are the 12th-most efficient team in red zone offense (89.3 scoring percentage) and seventh in third-down conversions (50.0 percent).

Eastern plays at Idaho State this week before hosting fifth-ranked Montana State on Nov. 9 at Roos Field. Both the Eagles and Bobcats are tied at 4-0 in the conference. Eastern is 6-2 overall while the Bengals, who are coached by former Eagle head coach Mike Kramer, are 3-5 on the season and 1-4 in the league.

  • College

    • Gonzaga uses huge 2nd half to beat Utah State 79-66

      The 3-point shooting of Utah State gave No. 17 Gonzaga fits in the first half on Saturday night. The Aggies threw a scare into Gonzaga before the Bulldogs woke up in the second half and rolled to a 79-66 victory.

    • Eagles win big over Portland State 59-33

      After receiving first-round byes in the previous five appearances in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs, the Eagles are in a wait-and-see mode following a dominant 59-33 Big Sky Conference victory over Portland State.

    • Vandals struggle in 13-7 loss to Coastal Carolina

      Idaho found the end zone on the game’s opening drive, but Coastal Carolina accounted for the rest of the scoring as the Vandals (3-7, 2-4 Sun Belt) suffered a 13-7 defeat in their home finale Saturday.

    • Cougars roll past Idaho State 83-62

      Robert Franks had 25 points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists, Malachi Flynn added 15 points and Washington State used a big second-half run to beat Idaho State 83-62 on Saturday.

    • Bobcats win the 117th Brawl of the Wild 31-23 in Bozeman

      BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Montana State Bobcats defeated the Montana Grizzlies 31-23 to win the 117th Brawl of the Wild. It's the first time since 2005 that the Cats won a game against the Griz in Bozeman.  The Bobcats ran for 322 yards on the ground, making it the second consecutive year that they have put up over 250 yards of rushing on Montana's defense. Cats sophomore quarterback Chris Murray accounted for 133 yards of that total, as well as throwing the ball for 98 yards. The G...
    • Whitworth start 2017-18 campaign with 87-59 win over Whittier

      The Pirates start the 2017-18 campaign 1-0, while the Poets fell to 0-1. Grace Douglas led Whitworth with 21 points and 5 assists.

    • Whitworth men's basketball welcomes Gallaudet University to the Fieldhouse

      The entire team and coaching staff is either deaf or hard of hearing, with the exception of the equipment manager who serves as the team's interpreter. Despite what some might think is a disadvantage, the Bison are a successful basketball program.

    • The MSU equipment team: the unsung heroes of game day

      Tucked in the south tunnel of the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse sit the unsung heroes of the Montana State game day experience, the Bobcat equipment team.

    • College scores 31 as Whitworth rolls past Gallaudet 92-56

      Ben College scored a career-high 31 points to lead Whitworth University to a 92-56 win over visiting Gallaudet University in a non-conference men's basketball game on Friday night in the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

    • Eagles fall short in 4th, losing to BYU 73-69

      Both Violet Kapri Morrow and Uriah Howard led the Eagles in double figures, setting new career highs. Morrow posted 25 points and led the team with 11 rebounds for her first career double-double.

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/