Cullowhee, N.C. – Among the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Western Carolina redshirt junior Tyrie Adams today collected second-team All-America honors as an all-purpose back from STATS FCS.
Adams’ recognition gives WCU a presence on the STATS FCS All-America team for a third-straight season – and for the fourth time in the past five years. Adams was among 11 different players from the Southern Conference – and just one of three underclassmen from the league – to be honored. Adams is the 10th different Catamount to be recognized by STATS FCS and its predecessor, The Sports Network, since 1988.
Adams put together one of the top individual seasons in the country in 2018, becoming one of just 10 FCS quarterbacks all-time to pass for 2,000-plus yards while also rushing for over 1,000 yards in the same season. Adams accounted for 3,423 yards of total offense in 2018 including 2,417 yards passing and 1,006 rushing yards, just the fourth SoCon quarterback to accomplish the 2,000 / 1,000-feat. He led the SoCon in rushing with a 91.5 yards per rush average that included six, 100-yard rushing games and also gave WCU a fourth-consecutive season with a 1,000-yard rusher.
Adams accounted for 26 total touchdowns for the high-powered Catamount offense, rushing for a career-best 10 TDs while tossing for 16 scores. His 10 TDs on the ground were the third-most in the conference. He finished the year ranked second in total offense with an average of 311.2 yards per game and was fourth in passing at 219.7 yards per outing through the air.
What made his accomplishments in 2018 so much more impressive was that he was limited in two games by injury, seeing minimal snaps at Samford and at home against Chattanooga – essentially putting up those impressive numbers in just nine seasonal games.
A product of St. Petersburg, Fla., Adams was one of 25 national finalists for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award, an honor given to the top offensive player at the FCS level. Adams finished tied for 19th in the nationwide panel vote. The third-year signal caller collected a league-high-tying three weekly top offensive player plaudits while also garnering player of the month honors in September for a third consecutive year. Adams was also an honorable mention for the STATS FCS weekly award three times coinciding with his league plaudits.
The STATS FCS All-America team featured 100 players from 61 schools and all 13 NCAA FCS Division I conferences. It also included 19 players who were named either offensive or defensive player of the year in their respective conference. Among the 11 players from the SoCon recognized were three apiece from Samford and ETSU, two from Wofford, and one each from Chattanooga, The Citadel, and WCU.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference had the most selections with 17, while the CAA (12), the Big Sky Conference (11) and the SoCon (11) also reached double figures.
STATS FCS All-America Selections (previously The Sports Network):
1988 – Geno Segers, DL (1st team)
1992 – Todd Harkins, OL (2nd team)
1993 – Kerry Hayes, WR (1st team)
1997 – Eric Johnson, DB (3rd team)
1998 – Eric Johnson, DB (1st team)
1998 – Ken Hinsley, P (3rd team)
2007 – Eddie Cohen, WR (2nd team)
2009 – Adrian McLeod, LB (2nd team)
2014 – Christon Gill, LB (3rd team)
2016 – Detrez Newsome, AP (2nd team)
2017 – Detrez Newsome, AP (1st team)
2018 – Tyrie Adams, AP (2nd team)