CHARLESTON, S.C. – ETSU’s Quay Holmes and Western Carolina’s Tyrie Adams were among the 40 student-athletes nationally to earn spots on the 2019 preseason watch list for the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.
In 2018, Holmes became just the fourth Buccaneer in program history to earn the honor of Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and the first since Todd Wells in 1997. Holmes was named to a pair of postseason All-American squads as well as earning first-team All-SoCon honors on offense. The Powder Springs, Georgia, native was tabbed to the midseason CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy watch list a season ago.
Holmes rushed for 928 yards and 13 touchdowns on 205 attempts. The then-freshman tailback finished first in the SoCon in rushing touchdowns, second in all-purpose yards (1,480) and third in rushing yards. Holmes is only the third player in ETSU history to rush for more than 10 touchdowns in a single season.
A preseason first-team All-SoCon selection and dubbed the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, Adams has received several preseason honors entering his fifth season in Cullowhee. The St. Petersburg, Florida, native 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 over 2,000 yards (2,417) and rush for over 1,000 (a SoCon-leading 1,006) in the same season, Adams keys a high-octane WCU offense that ranked among the national leaders in 2018 in yardage (second in the SoCon, 17th nationally at 464.5 yds/gm) and scoring (2nd in the SoCon, 31st nationally at 31.5 ppg).
Over his first three seasons as the starting QB, Adams has amassed 9,389 yards of total offense – second in program history and sixth in the SoCon record books. That overall mark includes 7,279 yards passing – second all-time at WCU – and 2,110 yards rushing – 11th in program history. He is just 75 passing yards shy of the school’s career benchmark and only 251 yards short of 10th place in conference history. More impressively, overall, 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 SoCon history in the same category and looks to improve that standing entering 2019.
The 2019 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, whose winner will be announced on Jan. 15, 2020.
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