3 - Vernon Adams Jr.
Vernon Adams Jr.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Year: So.
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
High School: Alemany HS '11
Position: QB
Experience: 1L*
gp 15
yds 4994
td 55
yds/g 332.9

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VERNON ADAMS AT A GLANCE

  • Adams was selected as the FCS National Performer of the Year by College Football Performance Awards, and was also the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. He received first team All-America honors from College Sporting News (“Fabulous 50”) and Beyond Sports Network, as well as second team accolades from The Sports Network, Associated Press and College Sports Madness.
  • Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year and one of two unanimous first team All-BSC selections (the other was teammate Cooper Kupp as both received first-team votes on all 12 ballots as selected by the league’s head coaches).
  • His average of 9.0 yards per offensive play and 10.28 yards per passing attempt were FCS records, as well as his 11 games of 300 yards or more of total offense and 10 outings with at least 300 passing yards. In all, he established 15 school records, six Big Sky Conference marks and six FCS records.
  • Led the nation in pass efficiency at 183.13 and set a Big Sky single-season record (currently fourth all-time in FCS history).
  • Had a Big Sky and school-record 55 touchdown passes to lead the nation and rank third all-time in FCS.
  • Second in the nation with an average of 373.3 yards of total offense per game with a Big Sky and school record total of 5,559 yards second in FCS history). His 4,994 yards were also EWU and league records while ranking third all-time in FCS.
  • One of four FCS QBs in history to engineer an upset of a top 25 FBS team. Amassed 411 passing yards and four TDs, 107 rush yards and 2 TDs in an upset of Oregon State.
  • Led team to Big Sky Championship with the school’s first ever 8-0 league record and final No. 3 national ranking. Eastern’s only losses were to FBS Toledo and playoff teams Towson and Sam Houston State. Eastern finished 6-2 versus ranked opponents.
  • Twice earned Sports Network National Offensive Player of the Week honors after Oregon State and Montana State wins.

COACH BEAU BALDWIN ON ADAMS WINNING BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: “I don’t want to take anything away from players like Erik Meyer, Matt Nichols and Bo Levi Mitchell, but Vernon’s season this year is the best I’ve seen since I’ve been a college football coach. He’s earned this award and there is no question about it. He went after it and it’s been fun to see his progress. He worked hard to improve his skills as a quarterback, such as how he is going to beat the blitz and how he is going throw down the field with things crashing around him. Plus the little things, like how he’s going to lead. He’s taken a lot of hits and has had times when his body isn’t feeling great, but he’s played through it. The ride this year isn’t even close to being over in our minds, and the same is true of the ride in terms of the growth we can make as a team and Vernon’s growth as a quarterback. His mindset is that he wants to keep getting better and there is still a very high ceiling he can go after.”

COACH BEAU BALDWIN ON VERNON ADAMS: “People want to look at the big plays and those are great, but we have a player with guts to take shots and go for it. If he gets a pick or two, so be it. But he has the guts to go win games and stand in there. Sometimes when quarterbacks are so athletic like Vernon, they don’t get the credit for being a 68 percent passer and standing in the pocket and taking shots. That’s what I appreciate so much. He’s right up there with Matt Nichols for being the smartest quarterback I’ve had as a sophomore in terms of thinking quick, his understanding and getting things right on the field. It’s a lot of fun to coach that type of player.”

 

BIG PLAYS FOR “BIG PLAY V.A.”

Vernon Adams Long Plays of 40+ Yards (Total of 30 with 20 touchdowns; all but 4 in 2013; his long career rush is 24 yards in both ‘12 & ‘13)
86 yard pass (TD to Shaquille Hill) – Montana – 10/26/13
76 yard pass (TD to Shaquille Hill) – Montana State – 11/9/13
69 yard pass (TD to Cory Mitchell) – South Dakota State – 12/7/13
68 yard pass (TD to Shaquille Hill) – Montana State – 11/9/13
63 yard pass (TD to Cooper Kupp) – Western Oregon – 9/7/13
62 yard pass (TD to Quincy Forte) – Sam Houston State – 9/28/13
60 yard pass (to Brandon Kaufman) – Sam Houston State – 12/15/12
59 yard pass (TD to Cooper Kupp) – Sam Houston State – 9/28/13
58 yard pass (to Cory Mitchell) – North Dakota – 10/12/13
58 yard pass (TD to Shaquille Hill) – Western Oregon – 9/7/13
54 yard pass (TD to Cooper Kupp) – Idaho State – 11/2/13
54 yard pass (to Ashton Clark) – North Dakota – 10/12/13
52 yard pass (TD to Ashton Clark) – Montana – 10/26/13
52 yard pass (TD to Cooper Kupp) – Southern Utah – 10/19/13
50 yard pass (TD to Cooper Kupp) – Weber State – 10/5/13
49 yard pass (TD to Ashton Clark) – Oregon State – 8/31/13
48 yard pass (to Cory Mitchell) – Sam Houston State – 9/28/13
48 yard pass (to Cooper Kupp) – Oregon State – 8/31/13
47 yard pass (TD to Blair Bomber) – Oregon State – 8/31/13
45 yard pass (to Cooper Kupp) – Idaho State – 11/2/13
44 yard pass (to Cory Mitchell) – Montana State – 11/9/13
44 yard pass (TD to Shaquille Hill) – Idaho State 11/2/13
43 yard pass (to Cooper Kupp) – Jacksonville State – 12/14/13
43 yard pass (to Cooper Kupp) – Southern Utah – 10/19/13
43 yard pass (TD to Brandon Kaufman) – Cal Poly – 11/3/12
43 yard pass (TD to Brandon Kaufman) – Sam Houston State – 12/15/12
43 yard pass (TD to Ashton Clark) – Sam Houston State – 12/15/12
41 yard pass (TD to Ashton Clark) – Jacksonville State – 12/14/13
41 yard pass (to Cooper Kupp) – Montana – 10/26/13
40 yard pass (TD to Cooper Kupp) – South Dakota State – 12/7/13

HONORS WON IN 2013

  • FCS National Performer of the Year (College Football Performance Awards)
  • Runner-up for the Walter Payton Award Given to Top Player in FCS
  • First Team All-America (College Sporting News “Fabulous 50”)
  • First Team All-America (College Sports Journal)
  • First Team All-America (Beyond Sports Network)
  • Second Team All-America (The Sports Network)
  • Second Team All-America (Associated Press)
  • Second Team All-America (College Sports Madness)
  • Finalist for Geico Play of the Year (game-winning TD versus Oregon State)
  • Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year
  • First Team All-Big Sky Conference (unanimous, first-team vote on all 12 ballots)

– Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week
– College Sports Madness Big Sky Off. POW
– Hon. Mention Col. FB Performance Awards FCS QB Performer Of The Week
(vs. Portland St. 11/23/13 - 34-of-56, 457 yards, 5 TD; game-winner with 31 sec. left)

– Sports Network FCS National Offensive Player of the Week
– College Sports Madness National FCS Off. Player of the Week/Big Sky Off. POW
– College Sporting News National All Star (5 chosen/FCS)
– College FB Performance Awards FCS QB Performer Of The Week
– Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week
(vs. Montana State 11/9/13 - 16-of-18, 300 yards, 4 TD, 302.2 eff.; 75 rushing/1 TD)

– College Sports Madness Big Sky Off. POW
– Hon. Mention Col. FB Performance Awards FCS QB Performer Of The Week
(vs. Idaho State 11/2/13 - 26-of-44, 432 yards/12th all-time at EWU, 5 TD)

– College Sports Madness National FCS Off. Player of the Week/Big Sky Off. POW
– College Sporting News National All Star (5 chosen/FCS)
– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week
– USA Football FCS Offensive Player of the Week
– Hon. Mention Col. FB Performance Awards FCS QB Performer Of The Week
– Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week
(vs. Montana 10/26/13 - 27-of-40, 457 yards/5th all-time at EWU, 6 TD/school record)

– College Sporting News National All Star (5 chosen/FCS)
(vs. Weber State 10/5/13 - 16-of-23, 194 yards, 4 TD, plus 66 rushing and 1 TD)

– Hon. Mention Col. FB Performance Awards FCS QB Performer Of The Week
(vs. Sam Houston State 9/28/13 - 19-of-31, 355 yards, 3 TD)

– Sports Illustrated College FB Breakout Performer ((in Sept. 2 issue and on SI.com)
– Sports Network FCS National Offensive Player of the Week
– College Sporting News National All Star (4 chosen/FCS)
– CBSSports.com Player of the Week (4 chosen/all classifications)
– Yahoo! Sports College Football Best (20 chosen/all classifications)
– College Sports Madness National FCS Off. Player of the Week/Big Sky Off. POW
– College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer Of The Week
– College Football Performance Awards FCS Quarterback Performer Of The Week
– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week
– Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week
– One of Five “Stars of the Week” on SVP & Russillo Show on ESPN
– One of Four FCS/FBS Nominees for Capital One Impact Performer of the Week
– One of Eight FCS/FBS Nominees for Manning Award Player of the Week
– Nominee for Geico Play of the Year (game-winning 2-yard TD run vs. OSU)
(vs. Oregon State 8/31/13 - School-record 518 yards total offense & 6 TD; 23-of-30 passing, 411 yards, 4 TD, 235.7 efficiency; 107 rushing, 2 TD)

 

2013 RECORDS BROKEN (19 EWU, 8 Big Sky, 6 FCS) & RANKINGS

CAREER

Mark

Currently 3 EWU Records 

Currently 2 Big Sky Records

 

Efficiency Rating

176.3

1st (166.5 Erik Meyer ’02-05)

1st (166.5 Erik Meyer ’02-05)

 

Avg. Off. Per Play

8.8

1st

1st (7.9 Drew Miller ’99-00)

(8.9 Steve McNair 1984)

QB Rushing Yards

947

1st (592 Matt Nichols ’06-09)

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON

Mark

15 EWU Records 

6 Big Sky Records 

5 FCS Records 

#Total Offense

5,559

1st (4,224 Erik Meyer 2005)

1st (4,400 Cameron Higgins 2008)

2nd (5,799 Steve McNair 1994)

#Passing Touchdowns

55

1st (37 Bo Levi Mitchell 2010)

1st (42 Brian Ah Yat 1996)

3rd (56 by two players)

#Pass. Efficiency Rating

183.13

1st (171.4 Erik Meyer 2004)

1st (175.2 Doug Nussmeier 1993)

4th (204.6 Shawn Knght 1993)

#Points Responsible For

356

1st (236 Bo Levi Mitchell 2011)

 
 

%Passing Yards

4,994

1st (4,009 Bo Levi Mitchell 2011)

1st (4,477 Cameron Higgins 2008)

3rd (5,076 Taylor Heinicke 2012)

%Avg. Tot. Off. Per Game

373.3

1st (364.0 Bo Levi Mitchell 2011)

3rd (394.3 Jamie Martin 1991)

12th (527.2 Steve McNair 1994)

@Yards Per Pass. Comp.

15.66

1st (14.96 Vernon Adams 2012)

 
 

Pass Completions

319

1st (318 Bo Levi Mitchell 2011)

 
 

Avg. Passing Per Attempt

10.28

1st (9.76 Erik Meyer 2005)

 

1st (9.88 Rocky Butle 2001)

QB Rushing Yards

605

1st (392 Matt Nichols 2007)

 
 

Total Plays

618

1st (569 Matt Nichols 2007)

1st (615 Kevin Yost 2012)

 

Avg. Off. Per Play

9.0

1st (8.23 Erik Meyer 2004)

1st (8.8 Doug Nussmeier 1993)

1st (8.9 Steve McNair 1994

Games 300+ Tot. Off.

12

1st

 

1st (11 by two players)

Games 200+ Passing

14

1st

 

1st (13 by two players)

Games 300+ Passing

10

1st

 

1st (10 by three players)

Avg. Passing Per Game

332.9

3rd (364.5 Bo Levi Mitchell 2011)

11th (379.6 Dave Dickenson 1995)

 

Passing Attempts

486

4th (505 Bo Levi Mitchell 2011)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GAME

Opp.

1 EWU Record 

 

1 FCS Record 

100rush/300pass

in One Game

vs. OSU

Adams had 107 rush, 411 pass

 

1st (many other occasions)

#Led FCS in 2013 Season. %Ranked Second in FCS in 2013 Season. @Ranked Third in FCS in 2013.


CAREER STATISTICS

RUSHING

G

Att

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/C

Avg/G

2012

12

65

342

1

24

5.3

28.5

2013

15

132

605

4

24

4.6

40.3

TOTAL

27

197

947

5

24

4.8

35.1

 

PASSING

G

Att

Cmp

Int

Yds

TD

Lg

Pct

Avg/P

Avg/G

Effic

2012

12

215

131

8

1961

20

60

60.9

9.1

163.4

160.8

2013

15

486

319

15

4994

55

86

65.6

10.3

332.9

183.1

TOTAL

27

701

450

23

6955

75

86

64.2

9.9

257.6

176.3

 

TOTAL OFFENSE

G

Rush

Pass

Total

Avg/G

2012

12

342

1961

2303

191.9

2013

15

605

4994

5599

373.3

TOTAL

27

947

6955

7902

292.7

 

VERNON ADAMS Top Passing Performances (12 with 300+)
457 yards (#5 in EWU history), 34-of-56, 5 TD – Portland St. – 11/23/13
457 yards (#5), 27-of-40, 6 TD – Montana – 10/26/13
432 yards (#13), 26-of-44, 5 TD – Idaho State – 11/2/13
411 yards (#20), 23-of-30, 4 TD – Oregon State – 8/31/13
394 yards (#26), 28-of-42, 2 TD – Towson – 12/21/13
364 yards (#43), 14-of-26, 6 TD – Sam Houston State – 12/15/12
355 yards (#51), 19-of-31, 3 TD – Sam Houston State – 9/28/13
353 yards (#58), 25-of-41, 3 TD – Montana – 9/29/12
326 yards (#77), 21-of-41, 3 TD – Toledo – 9/14/13
324 yards, 18-of-29, 2 TD – Jacksonville St. - 12/14/13
307 yards, 22-of-30, 2 TD – North Dakota – 10/12/13
300 yards, 14-of-16, 4 TD – Montana State – 11/9/13

 

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

Career: Adams has a career passing efficiency rating of 176.3 (64.2 percent, 6,955 yards, 75 TD, 23 INT), which currently ranks as the school and Big Sky record ahead of Erik Meyer (166.5 from 2002-05). A starter in 24 of the 27 games he has played in his career, Adams has a career average of 257.6 passing yards per game to currently third all-time at EWU. His 75 TD passes are already third, his 6,955 passing yards are fifth and his 7,902 yards of total offense are third. He is now 20-4 as a starter, with his lone losses coming against Southern Utah in 2012 and Toledo, Sam Houston State and Towson in 2013.

2013: Among his many awards and honors, Adams was selected as the FCS National Performer of the Year by College Football Performance Awards. He also finished second in the voting for the 27th Annual Payton Award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. The winner was Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and finishing third was Towson running back Terrance West. The Payton Award was won previously by Eastern players Erik Meyer (2005) and Bo Levi Mitchell (2011). That award is bestowed on the outstanding player in the FCS and considered the Heisman Trophy of the former Division I-AA level. The award was presented Dec. 16 at The Sports Network's FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in Philadelphia. Adams was a first team All-America selection on three teams (College Sporting News, College Sports Journal and Beyond Sports Network), and was a second team pick on three others (The Sports Network, Associated Press and College Sports Madness). He was also Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first team All-BSC selection, receiving first-team votes on all 12 ballots. Adams finished the 2013 season ranked No. 1 in passing efficiency in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (183.13), which set school and Big Sky records while ranking fourth all-time in FCS. He had a 65.6 percent completion rate (319-of-486 to rank 15th in FCS), 4,994 yards (second), 55 touchdowns (first) and 15 interceptions for the season. Adams was third in FCS in points responsible for with an average of 23.9 per game (total of 356 to lead FCS, with 55 TD passes, four rushing touchdowns and one two-point conversion). He was also second in FCS in total offense per game (373.3), fourth in passing yards per game (332.9 per game) and third in passing yards per completion (15.66). He had 55 touchdown passes in the 2013 season to lead FCS and come just one from the record of 56 shared by two players. Now 20-4 as a starter at EWU, Adams has had 30 pass completions already in his career of at least 40 yards, including 20 for touchdowns. All but four of those came in the 2013 season, including 11 to freshman sensation Cooper Kupp. For the second-straight year, “Big Play V.A.” was a finalist for Geico Play of the Year for his game-winning touchdown run versus Oregon State.

Top Peformances in 2013: Adams had a season-low 12 completions, but five of them were for touchdowns in EWU’s 41-17 win over South Dakota State. He also had his second-fewest attempts with 22, but TD passes of 69 and 40 yards helped him to a 217-yard passing game (also second-lowest), to go along with 27 on the ground. His efficiency rating in the game was 212.4 – his fourth-best performance of the season. Adams matched his career high with 457 passing yards against Portland State (11/23/13) in a 42-41 victory that secured an 8-0 Big Sky finish for the Eagles. He finished with career highs of 34 completions and 54 attempts to earn Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2013 and sixth time in his career. He had five touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 31 seconds left to Cooper Kupp to cap a frantic four-play, 74-yard drive that started with a minute to play. For directing a perfect 8-for-8 performance by the offense in third-ranked Eastern’s 54-29 victory over fifth-ranked Montana State (11/9/13), Adams was selected by The Sports Network as its co-National Offensive Player of the Week. He 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. Adams 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. 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. Adams completed his first 10 passes versus MSU and nearly broke the school record of 310.4 set by Eastern’s Mark Tenneson versus Sonoma State in 1992 (10-of-14/71 percent, 265 yards, 4 TDs, 0 Int.). Tenneson’s performance stood as the Big Sky Conference record until it was broken earlier this season by Montana’s Jordan Johnson of 322.3. One game earlier, Adams passed for 432 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-34 win over Idaho State (11/2/13). For the second time this season, Adams earned National Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness after leading EWU to a 42-37 win at Montana (10/26/13). He completed 27-of-40 passes 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. He was one of five National All-Stars selected by College Sporting News after accounting for five TD in EWU’s 41-19 win over Weber State (10/5/13). He had 260 yards of total offense, completing 16-of-23 passes for 194 yards and 4 TD, and rushing for another 66 yards and a score. Adams was added to the Walter Payton Award Watch List on Oct. 1. Adams was 18-of-24 for 298 yards and five TD – four in the first quarter alone – in EWU’s 43-14 win over Western Oregon (9/7/13). In Eastern's season-opening 49-46 victory over Oregon State (8/31/13), Adams accounted for 78 yards during the monumental 75-yard scoring drive for the Eagles, who were the 2010 NCAA Division I champions. Adams had 411 yards (17th-most in school history) and four touchdowns on 23-of-30 passing, and added 107 yards and two TD on the ground. With a school-record total of 518 yards of total offense, Adams broke the previous record for total yards of 493 set by Todd Bernett against Montana in 1994. His total was the FCS Week 1 high, as was his impressive 235.747 pass efficiency rating.

2013 Preseason: Listed as a starter at quarterback on the preseason depth chart. Adams and several other Eagles helped at the Russell Wilson Passing Academy in Spokane this past summer. Adams and Wilson – the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks -- are similar in stature and ability, and will continue to draw comparisons as Adams’ career progresses. Adams, in fact, is now wearing jersey No. 3 for the Eagles – the same number Wilson wears -- after donning No. 16 as a redshirt freshman last season. The switch is unrelated to Wilson -- Adams wore No. 3 in high school and asked for that number after it became available when wide receiver Greg Herd graduated.The College Football Performance Awards named him to its Quarterback Award Watch List. He was also listed on the College Sports Madness preseason All-Big Sky Conference second team and ranked 32nd on the preseason FCS quarterback rankings as selected by Josh Buchanan at philsteele.com. In three spring scrimmages he completed 28-of-47 passes for 303 yards, but he matched his touchdown total with four interceptions.

2012: Adams was selected as the 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). Adams ranked fourth in FCS in passing efficiency (160.80), and was the only freshman in the top 24 of the rankings. He also was 69th in FCS in total offense (191.5 per game). 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. With he and Kyle Padron sharing time at quarterback, the Eagles finished with 4,469 passing yards, breaking the previous record of 4,102 yards in 2005. In back-to-back games in the FCS Playoffs, each had a school-record six touchdown passes -- Padron versus Illinois State (12/8/12) in the quarterfinals and Adams against Sam Houston State (12/15/12) in the semifinals. 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. His yardage against SHSU was a career high and ranks 38th in school history. His incredible scramble and touchdown throw against Sacramento State (10/20/12) was one of eight finalists for the GEICO Play of the Year. Facing a six-man rush from the Hornet 10-yard line, Adams avoided as many as eight tackles as he back-peddled side-to-side to the 35, then side-stepped a defender and tossed a touchdown pass to Greg Herd in EWU’s 31-28 win over Sac State. Adams won the Play of the Year voting for Week 8, and the eight weekly winners were shown on GEICO Best of College Football 2012 on CBS on Nov. 23. The winner of the GEICO Play of the Year was a one-handed catch by Ohio State’s Devin Smith. Adams completed 17-of-21 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns against Sac State to earn team offensive player of the week honors. In an unannounced and surprise start, Adams made his first career start in EWU’s 32-26 victory at Weber State (9/22/12), and used his arm and his feet to lead EWU to a 20-3 halftime lead. Adams led Eastern to scores on four of five drives in the first half, including a 75-yard touchdown march on his first drive as an Eagle. He finished the game 7-of-12 for 75 yards, and ran five times for 62 yards, but missed most of the second half with cramping. Of his five rushes, four were for first downs; of his seven completions, four more resulted in EWU first downs. One game later in his home starting debut, Adams atoned for a fourth-quarter fumble and interception by throwing two touchdown passes in the in the final 2:19 as the No. 7 Eagles rallied for a 32-26 victory over 21st-ranked Montana (9/29/12) at Roos Field. As a result, Adams was selected as the Sports Network co-Freshman of the Week in the FCS, the College Sports Journal co-Freshman of the Week and the ROOT Sports Offensive Player of the Week awarded by the Big Sky Conference. Eastern put together an 82-yard scoring drive to pull within two points with 2:19 remaining on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Adams to Brandon Kaufman. After EWU successfully recovered an onside kick, Eastern scored again on a 20-yard TD pass from Adams to Ashton Clark with 53 seconds to play. Adams completed 25-of-41 passes for 353 yards (52nd-most in school history) and three touchdowns in his second career start for EWU, 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. Eastern scored the first time it had the ball on an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive, then led 14-7 in the second quarter on Kaufman’s 36-yard TD reception from Adams. Later in the year, Adams repeated as ROOT Sports Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for 356 yards of offense in seventh-ranked EWU’s 34-17 win versus No. 16 Cal Poly (11/3/12). He led the Eagles with 288 yards passing and 68 on the ground, as the Eagles finished with a season-high 542 as a team. He completed 19-of-29 passes and had three touchdown tosses, and also rushed for 68 yards. Eastern’s scoring drives in the game were of 81, 66, 74, 69, 41 and 83 yards. For his effort, he also received honorable mention Performer of the Week accolades in FCS by College Football Performance Awards. With an off-the-charts efficiency rating of 252.6 in just his third career start, Adams earned College Sports Madness Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week in EWU’s 55-17 win over North Dakota (10/6/12). He completed 12-of-15 passes for 151 yards and four touchdowns in just over a half of work to also earn team offensive player of the week honors. He also had a net 38 yards rushing (long of 23). Eastern finished with 458 yards of offense overall. Adams finished with 191 yards rushing for the season (4.9 per carry). He scrambled his way to 62 yards in his starting debut versus Weber State, another 54 versus Montana (9/29/12) and a season-high 68 against Cal Poly (11/3/12).

2011: Redshirted. Was selected as Eastern’s Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year. Was selected as the team’s offensive scout team player of the week once.

HS: Graduated from Alemany HS in Mission Hills, Calif., in 2011. In his final two seasons, he passed for 5,234 yards and 49 touchdowns, and rushed for another 1,263 yards and 19 more scores in leading Alemany to an overall record of 22-5. As a senior, he was selected the Serra League Most Valuable Player after leading the Warriors to the league title in 2010. He earned first team all-league honors for the second-straight season. Alemany won its first 12 games before losing its final game of the season, 28-21, against eventual champion Servite in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Playoffs. He passed for 2,901 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and had 896 yards rushing with 14 touchdowns. As a junior, he passed for 2,333 yards and 22 touchdowns, and also rushed for 367 yards and five scores. He led Alemany to a 10-4 record.

Personal: Interdisciplinary studies major. Born 1/3/93 in Pasadena, Calif. His parents are Vernon Adams and Desirae McWhorter.

 
Recent Games
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31
Statistics category Overall Conf
Completions 319 180
Attempts 486 267
Completion % 65.6% 67.4%
Yards 4994 2669
Yards per game 332.9 333.6
Yards per attempt 10.3 10.0
Touchdowns 55 31
Interceptions 15 8
Sacks 25 16
Yards lost 153 84
Date Opponent Score comp att pct yds y/a td int sac yds
Aug 31 at Oregon St. W, 49-46 23 30 76.7% 411 13.7 4 0 2 16
Sep 7 Western Ore. W, 43-14 18 24 75.0% 298 12.4 5 2 0 0
Sep 14 at Toledo L, 33-21 21 41 51.2% 326 8.0 3 1 2 17
Sep 28 at Sam Houston St. L, 49-34 19 31 61.3% 355 11.5 3 1 2 20
Oct 5 Weber St. W, 41-19 16 23 69.6% 194 8.4 4 1 1 8
Oct 12 at North Dakota W, 35-14 22 30 73.3% 307 10.2 2 0 2 16
Oct 19 Southern Utah W, 34-10 25 35 71.4% 298 8.5 3 1 1 2
Oct 26 at Montana W, 42-37 27 40 67.5% 457 11.4 6 2 3 11
Nov 2 at Idaho St. W, 55-34 26 44 59.1% 432 9.8 5 1 0 0
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29 16 18 88.9% 300 16.7 4 0 1 6
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22 14 21 66.7% 224 10.7 2 1 3 13
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41 34 56 60.7% 457 8.2 5 2 5 28
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17 12 22 54.5% 217 9.9 5 0 1 6
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24 18 29 62.1% 324 11.2 2 2 2 10
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31 28 42 66.7% 394 9.4 2 1 0 0
Date Opponent Score rush yds y/a lng td fum lost
Aug 31 at Oregon St. W, 49-46 16 107 6.7 19 2 - -
Sep 7 Western Ore. W, 43-14 7 45 6.4 15 0 - -
Sep 14 at Toledo L, 33-21 7 2 0.3 7 0 - -
Sep 28 at Sam Houston St. L, 49-34 11 35 3.2 14 0 - -
Oct 5 Weber St. W, 41-19 9 66 7.3 18 1 1 1
Oct 12 at North Dakota W, 35-14 8 5 0.6 12 0 2 0
Oct 19 Southern Utah W, 34-10 9 58 6.4 16 0 1 1
Oct 26 at Montana W, 42-37 10 16 1.6 11 0 - -
Nov 2 at Idaho St. W, 55-34 5 60 12.0 16 0 - -
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29 8 76 9.5 24 1 - -
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22 5 -3 -0.6 7 0 - -
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41 10 24 2.4 14 0 - -
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17 8 27 3.4 12 0 - -
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24 8 22 2.8 10 0 - -
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31 11 65 5.9 16 0 - -
Date Opponent Score rec yds y/r lng td fum lost
Aug 31 at Oregon St. W, 49-46 - - - - - - -
Sep 7 Western Ore. W, 43-14 - - - - - - -
Sep 14 at Toledo L, 33-21 - - - - - - -
Sep 28 at Sam Houston St. L, 49-34 - - - - - - -
Oct 5 Weber St. W, 41-19 - - - - - 1 1
Oct 12 at North Dakota W, 35-14 - - - - - 2 0
Oct 19 Southern Utah W, 34-10 - - - - - 1 1
Oct 26 at Montana W, 42-37 - - - - - - -
Nov 2 at Idaho St. W, 55-34 - - - - - - -
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29 - - - - - - -
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22 - - - - - - -
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41 - - - - - - -
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17 - - - - - - -
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24 - - - - - - -
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31 - - - - - - -
Date Opponent Score fgm fga lng xpm xpa pts
Aug 31 at Oregon St. W, 49-46 - - - 0 0 0
Sep 7 Western Ore. W, 43-14 - - - 0 0 0
Sep 14 at Toledo L, 33-21 - - - - - 0
Sep 28 at Sam Houston St. L, 49-34 - - - - - 0
Oct 5 Weber St. W, 41-19 - - - 0 0 0
Oct 12 at North Dakota W, 35-14 - - - - - 0
Oct 19 Southern Utah W, 34-10 - - - - - 0
Oct 26 at Montana W, 42-37 - - - - - 0
Nov 2 at Idaho St. W, 55-34 - - - - - 0
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29 - - - 0 0 0
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22 - - - - - 0
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41 - - - - - 0
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17 - - - - - 0
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24 - - - - - 0
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31 - - - - - 0
Date Opponent Score punt yds avg long in20 fc tb blk
Aug 31 at Oregon St. W, 49-46 - - - - - - - -
Sep 7 Western Ore. W, 43-14 1 30 30.0 30 1 0 0 0
Sep 14 at Toledo L, 33-21 - - - - - - - -
Sep 28 at Sam Houston St. L, 49-34 - - - - - - - -
Oct 5 Weber St. W, 41-19 - - - - - - - -
Oct 12 at North Dakota W, 35-14 - - - - - - - -
Oct 19 Southern Utah W, 34-10 - - - - - - - -
Oct 26 at Montana W, 42-37 - - - - - - - -
Nov 2 at Idaho St. W, 55-34 - - - - - - - -
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29 - - - - - - - -
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22 - - - - - - - -
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41 - - - - - - - -
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17 - - - - - - - -
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24 - - - - - - - -
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31 - - - - - - - -
Date Opponent Score kr yds avg lng td pr yds avg lng td
Aug 31 at Oregon St. W, 49-46 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 7 Western Ore. W, 43-14 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 14 at Toledo L, 33-21 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 28 at Sam Houston St. L, 49-34 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 5 Weber St. W, 41-19 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 12 at North Dakota W, 35-14 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 19 Southern Utah W, 34-10 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 26 at Montana W, 42-37 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 2 at Idaho St. W, 55-34 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41 - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17 - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24 - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31 - - - - - - - - - -
Date Opponent Score gp rush rcv pr kr yds
Aug 31 at Oregon St. W, 49-46 1 107 - - - 107
Sep 7 Western Ore. W, 43-14 1 45 - - - 45
Sep 14 at Toledo L, 33-21 1 2 - - - 2
Sep 28 at Sam Houston St. L, 49-34 1 35 - - - 35
Oct 5 Weber St. W, 41-19 1 66 - - - 66
Oct 12 at North Dakota W, 35-14 1 5 - - - 5
Oct 19 Southern Utah W, 34-10 1 58 - - - 58
Oct 26 at Montana W, 42-37 1 16 - - - 16
Nov 2 at Idaho St. W, 55-34 1 60 - - - 60
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29 1 76 - - - 76
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22 1 -3 - - - -3
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41 1 24 - - - 24
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17 1 27 - - - 27
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24 1 22 - - - 22
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31 1 65 - - - 65
Date Opponent Score pts rush rec kr pr int fum xpm fgm saf misc 2pt
Aug 31 at Oregon St. W, 49-46 12 2 - - - - - 0 - - 0 0
Sep 7 Western Ore. W, 43-14 0 0 - - - - - 0 - - 0 0
Sep 14 at Toledo L, 33-21 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 28 at Sam Houston St. L, 49-34 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 5 Weber St. W, 41-19 6 1 - - - - - 0 - - 0 0
Oct 12 at North Dakota W, 35-14 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 19 Southern Utah W, 34-10 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 26 at Montana W, 42-37 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 2 at Idaho St. W, 55-34 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29 6 1 - - - - - 0 - - 0 0
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Date Opponent Score tack ast tot sack lost tfl yds ff fr td int yds td brup blk saf
Aug 31 at Oregon St. W, 49-46 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 7 Western Ore. W, 43-14 1 0 1 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 14 at Toledo L, 33-21 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Sep 28 at Sam Houston St. L, 49-34 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 5 Weber St. W, 41-19 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 12 at North Dakota W, 35-14 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 19 Southern Utah W, 34-10 0 1 1 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Oct 26 at Montana W, 42-37 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 2 at Idaho St. W, 55-34 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 9 Montana St. W, 54-29 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 16 at Cal Poly W, 35-22 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 23 Portland St. W, 42-41 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 7 South Dakota St. W, 41-17 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 14 Jacksonville St. W, 35-24 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 21 Towson L, 35-31 - - 0 - - 0 - - - - - - - - - -
  gp comp att pct yds y/g y/a td int lg
2013-14 15 319 486 65.6% 4994 332.9 10.3 55 15 86
2014-15 7 181 268 67.5% 2567 366.7 9.6 28 4 61
Total 22 500 754 66.3% 7561 343.7 10.0 83 19 86
  gp rush yds y/g avg td lg fum lost
2013-14 15 132 605 40.3 4.6 4 24 4 2
2014-15 7 74 217 31.0 2.9 3 30 4 1
Total 22 206 822 37.4 4.0 7 30 8 3
  gp rec rec/g yds y/g avg td lg
2013-14 15 - - - - - - -
2014-15 7 - - - - - - -
Total 22 - - - - - - -
  gp fgm fga pct lg xpm xpa pct pts
2013-14 15 - - - - 0 0 - 0
2014-15 7 - - - - 0 0 - 0
Total 22 - - - - 0 0 - 0
  gp punt yds avg lg in20 fc tb blk
2013-14 15 1 30 30.0 30 1 0 0 0
2014-15 7 - - - - - - - -
Total 22 1 30 30.0 30 1 0 0 0
  kr yds avg td lg pr yds avg td lg
2013-14 - - - - - - - - - -
2014-15 - - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - - -
  gp rush rcv pr kr yds ypg
2013-14 15 605 - - - 605 40.3
2014-15 7 217 - - - 217 31.0
Total 22 822 - - - 822 37.4
  pts pts/g rush rec kr pr int fum xpm fgm 2pt misc
2013-14 24 1.6 4 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
2014-15 20 2.9 3 - - - - - 0 - 1 0
Total 44 2.0 7 - - - - - 0 - 1 0
  gp tkl ast tot tkl/g sck yds tfl yds ff fr yds int yds brup blk
2013-14 15 1 1 2 .1 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
2014-15 7 - - 0 .0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Total 22 1 1 2 .1 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
  gp comp att pct yds y/g y/a td int lg
Total 15 319 486 65.6% 4994 332.9 10.3 55 15 86
Conference 8 180 267 67.4% 2669 333.6 10.0 31 8 86
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - -

Home 8 167 249 67.1% 2482 310.2 10.0 30 9 76
Away 7 152 237 64.1% 2512 358.9 10.6 25 6 86
Neutral - - - - - - - - - -

Wins 12 251 372 67.5% 3919 326.6 10.5 47 12 86
Losses 3 68 114 59.6% 1075 358.3 9.4 8 3 62

August 1 23 30 76.7% 411 411.0 13.7 4 0 49
September 3 58 96 60.4% 979 326.3 10.2 11 4 63
October 4 90 128 70.3% 1256 314.0 9.8 15 4 86
November 4 90 139 64.7% 1413 353.2 10.2 16 4 76
December 3 58 93 62.4% 935 311.7 10.1 9 3 69
  gp rush yds y/g avg td lg fum lost
Total 15 132 605 40.3 4.6 4 24 4 2
Conference 8 64 302 37.8 4.7 2 24 4 2
Exhibition - - - - - - - - -

Home 8 70 383 47.9 5.5 2 24 2 2
Away 7 62 222 31.7 3.6 2 19 2 0
Neutral - - - - - - - - -

Wins 12 103 503 41.9 4.9 4 24 4 2
Losses 3 29 102 34.0 3.5 0 16 - -

August 1 16 107 107.0 6.7 2 19 - -
September 3 25 82 27.3 3.3 0 15 - -
October 4 36 145 36.2 4.0 1 18 4 2
November 4 28 157 39.2 5.6 1 24 - -
December 3 27 114 38.0 4.2 0 16 - -
  gp rec rec/g yds y/g avg td lg
Total 15 - - - - - - -
Conference 8 - - - - - - -
Exhibition - - - - - - - -

Home 8 - - - - - - -
Away 7 - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - -

Wins 12 - - - - - - -
Losses 3 - - - - - - -

August 1 - - - - - - -
September 3 - - - - - - -
October 4 - - - - - - -
November 4 - - - - - - -
December 3 - - - - - - -
  gp fgm fga pct lg xpm xpa pct pts
Total 15 - - - - 0 0 - 0
Conference 8 - - - - 0 0 - 0
Exhibition - - - - - - - - 0

Home 8 - - - - 0 0 - 0
Away 7 - - - - 0 0 - 0
Neutral - - - - - - - - 0

Wins 12 - - - - 0 0 - 0
Losses 3 - - - - - - - 0

August 1 - - - - 0 0 - 0
September 3 - - - - 0 0 - 0
October 4 - - - - 0 0 - 0
November 4 - - - - 0 0 - 0
December 3 - - - - - - - 0
  gp punt yds avg lg in20 fc tb blk
Total 15 1 30 30.0 30 1 0 0 0
Conference 8 - - - - - - - -
Exhibition - - - - - - - - -

Home 8 1 30 30.0 30 1 0 0 0
Away 7 - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - -

Wins 12 1 30 30.0 30 1 0 0 0
Losses 3 - - - - - - - -

August 1 - - - - - - - -
September 3 1 30 30.0 30 1 0 0 0
October 4 - - - - - - - -
November 4 - - - - - - - -
December 3 - - - - - - - -
  kr yds avg td lg pr yds avg td lg
Total - - - - - - - - - -
Conference - - - - - - - - - -
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - -

Home - - - - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - - -

Wins - - - - - - - - - -
Losses - - - - - - - - - -

August - - - - - - - - - -
September - - - - - - - - - -
October - - - - - - - - - -
November - - - - - - - - - -
December - - - - - - - - - -
  gp rush rcv pr kr yds ypg
Total 15 605 - - - 605 40.3
Conference 8 302 - - - 302 37.8
Exhibition - - - - - 0 -

Home 8 383 - - - 383 47.9
Away 7 222 - - - 222 31.7
Neutral - - - - - 0 -

Wins 12 503 - - - 503 41.9
Losses 3 102 - - - 102 34.0

August 1 107 - - - 107 107.0
September 3 82 - - - 82 27.3
October 4 145 - - - 145 36.2
November 4 157 - - - 157 39.2
December 3 114 - - - 114 38.0
  pts pts/g rush rec kr pr int fum xpm fgm 2pt misc
Total 24 1.6 4 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
Conference 12 1.5 2 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
Exhibition 0 - - - - - - - - - - -

Home 12 1.5 2 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
Away 12 1.7 2 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
Neutral 0 - - - - - - - - - - -

Wins 24 2.0 4 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
Losses 0 0.0 0 - - - - - - - - -

August 12 12.0 2 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
September 0 0.0 0 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
October 6 1.5 1 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
November 6 1.5 1 - - - - - 0 - 0 0
December 0 0.0 0 - - - - - - - - -
  gp tkl ast tot tkl/g sck yds tfl yds ff fr yds int yds brup blk
Total 15 1 1 2 .1 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Conference 8 0 1 1 .1 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Exhibition - - - 0 - - - 0 - - - - - - - -

Home 8 1 1 2 .2 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Away 7 - - 0 .0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - 0 - - - 0 - - - - - - - -

Wins 12 1 1 2 .2 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
Losses 3 - - 0 .0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -

August 1 - - 0 .0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
September 3 1 0 1 .3 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
October 4 0 1 1 .2 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
November 4 - - 0 .0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
December 3 - - 0 .0 - - 0 - - - - - - - -
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