Cullowhee, N.C. – Preseason accolades and awards ahead of the 2019 football season started today for Western Carolina as redshirt senior quarterback Tyrie Adams was named to the second team preseason NCAA FCS All-America team as released by HERO Sports.
Adams was dubbed second team as an Athlete, a position reserved for dual-threat or multi-talented quarterbacks as defined by the staff at HERO Sports.
Adams was among eight players from the Southern Conference recognized on Thursday, five on the second team with three landing on the third squad. ETSU and Wofford both had two selections apiece with a pair of Bucs landing on the second team and two Terriers weighing in on the third team. WCU was joined by Chattanooga, Furman, and The Citadel with one selection apiece.
After collecting second-team All-Southern Conference honors behind last year’s Walter Payton Award winner, Samford QB Devlin Hodges, Adams enters his final season as a presumptive favorite for many of the preseason accolades expected to be doled out before the first toe hits leather this fall. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native also appeared on the Payton Award final ballot a season ago, finishing 19th in the national voting.
A postseason All-America selection by both STATS FCS and HERO Sports last fall, Adams returns for an encore season after orchestrating one of the top individual years in not only WCU football history, but among the tops in the NCAA FCS. He amassed a school-record 3,423 yards of total offense last season and accounted for 26 touchdowns in 2018 – 16 passing and 10 rushing, the latter marking the third-most in the SoCon.
Through the air, Adams completed 63-percent of his passes for 2,417 yards – the seventh-best single-season in program history giving him three of the top 11 seasons in Catamount history (5th with 2,568 yards in 2016; 11th with 2,294 yards in 2017). Adams spread the ball around as five Catamounts had 250-or-more receiving yards with two – Jordan Mathis and 2019 returner Nate Mullen – both finishing with 600+ yards. On the ground, the shifty signal caller gave WCU its fourth-consecutive 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in program history by running for a career-best 1,006 yards – leading the SoCon in rushing average as a QB with a 91.5 yards per game.
Combined, Adams became one of just 11 NCAA FCS football players all-time to eclipse both the 2,000-yard passing and 1,000-yard rushing mark in the same season. He threw for 200-or-more yards seven times in 2018 including a season-high 424 yards – just the seventh, 400-yard passing game at WCU – with a record-tying five TD passes at Furman. He also ran for over 100 yards six times with a career-best 185 yards at Mercer as a part of a career-high 545 yards of total offense – the third-most offensive production in a single-game in SoCon history.
Over his first three seasons, Adams has amassed 9,389 yards of total offense including 7,279 yards passing – second all-time at WCU, just 75 yards shy of the record – and 2,110 rushing yards, 11th in school history. He has already thrown a program-record 53 career passing TDs through three seasons – ninth in the SoCon record books – and has tallied 13 career rushing scores.
Poised with the top recruiting class in the Southern Conference and a veteran returning core, Western Carolina’s football student-athletes officially report for fall camp on Thursday, August 1 with preseason drills opening with the first of two helmet-only practices on Friday, August 2. The 2019 season opens with a Labor Day weekend meeting with SoCon-foe, the Mercer Bears, on Saturday, August 31 in Cullowhee.
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Important Upcoming Dates in Catamount Athletics / Catamount Football:
Friday, June 7 – The Catamount Shootout golf tournament at the Marion Lake Club in Nebo, N.C.
Friday, June 28 – Catamount football season ticket renewal deadline
Sunday, June 30 – Catamount Club fiscal year renewal deadline
Monday, July 22 – 2019 Southern Conference Football Media Day (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Thursday, August 1 -- Catamount Football Student-Athletes Report for fall camp
Friday, August 2 – First scheduled practice of 2019 preseason (helmet only)
Wednesday, August 7 – Catamount football single-game tickets go on-sale
Friday, August 16 – Western Carolina University Freshman Move-In Day
Monday, August 19 – First day of classes for the fall semester
Friday, August 30 – the 15th Annual Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament at the Waynesville Inn – Golf Resort & Spa
Saturday, August 31 -- 2019 Catamount Football season and home-opener vs. Mercer