Already on the preseason watch list for the top offensive player honor in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision – the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award – Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams was chosen for a second national award watch list.
Adams appeared on the preseason watch list for the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy as the Charleston, South Carolina-based group announced who it is keeping an eye on to start the 2019 season.
It is the second consecutive season that Adams has graced the CFPA preseason watch list, doing so in mid-August of 2018. This year also marks the fifth-consecutive year that WCU had a player on the preseason list as Detrez Newsome made the list in both 2016 and 2017 with Adams’ predecessor at quarterback – Troy Mitchell – making the 2015 watch list.
A preseason first-team All-Southern Conference selection and the league’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Adams has received several preseason honors. A product of St. Petersburg, Florida, he has thrice been named a preseason All-America selection, garnering second-team honors from HERO Sports and a pair of third-team plaudits from both STATS FCS and Phil Steele.
Coming off a season that saw him become just one of just 11 FCS quarterbacks all-time to pass for more than 2,000 yards (2,417) and rush for more than 1,000 yards (a conference-leading 1,006) in the same season, Adams keys a WCU offense that ranked among the national leaders in 2018 in yardage (second in the conference, 17th nationally at 464.5 yards per game) and scoring (second in the conference, 31st nationally at 31.5 points per game).
Over his first three seasons as the starting quarterback, Adams has amassed 9,389 yards of total offense – second in program history and sixth in the league record books. That mark includes 7,279 yards passing – second all-time at WCU – and 2,110 yards rushing – 11th in program history. He is 75 passing yards shy of the school’s career benchmark and 251 yards short of 10th-place in conference history. Adams is just eight total yards away from eclipsing the WCU football program record for total offense. Already the Catamounts’ all-time leader with 53 career touchdown passes, Adams ranks ninth in conference history in the same category.
The only other player from the Southern Conference among the 40 players earning a spot on the preseason watch list is East Tennessee sophomore running back Quay Holmes. The list includes 26 quarterbacks to go with 12 running backs and two wide receivers.
The CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year trophy is a 22-inch, K-9 optic crystal tower with an eight-inch crystal football on top. All FCS players are eligible for the award which will be announced on Jan. 15.