Press release courtesy of Daniel Hooker, Assistant AD for Media Relations at Western Carolina University.
Photo credit: Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations
Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina redshirt freshman quarterback Tyrie Adams was today named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week following last weekend’s 44-14 home-opening victory over Gardner-Webb. Adams was impressive in his home debut, guiding the Catamounts to a combined 690 yards of total offense, just 21 yards shy of a school single-game record.
Weekly honor selections are made by the league office from nominations submitted by the media relations office of each conference school. The weekly honor is the first of the season for Adams and for the Catamounts. Four different WCU players collected weekly plaudits a season ago.
Adams amassed a school single-game record 510 yards of total offense last Saturday in WCU’s seventh-straight home victory. He threw for a career-high 427 yards – just 47 yards shy of another school benchmark – and rushed 13 times for 83 yards on the ground. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native completed 36-of-43 passes and five touchdowns, the latter matching a single-game record held by a total of four quarterbacks. Adams also tied the school record for TD passes in a half with four after halftime in the victory.
Adams tossed his first career touchdown pass on a 20-yard scoring strike to redshirt junior Terryon Robinson midway through the first quarter. He also found senior Spearman Robinson for a pair of touchdown passes with the other two going to tailback Detrez Newsome out of the backfield and a bullet to tight end Michael Helms Jr.
All told, Adams and the Catamount offense established the school record for first downs, moving the chains a now school-record 34 times against Gardner-Webb. The previous mark was 32 established vs. Liberty back in 2001 (W, 63-0).
Western Carolina (1-1) opens Southern Conference play this weekend as it travels to the “Last Great Colosseum” – the Bristol Motor Speedway – to face regional conference rival, ETSU (1-0). Saturday’s game has been billed the #RoadToFrisco “FCS Game of the Week” by the Frisco Convention and Visitors Bureau in Frisco, Texas, site of the 2017 FCS National Championship Game.
Tickets for Saturday's SoCon opener -- and the official welcome of ETSU back into the league for football -- are available through the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office by calling 423-BRISTOL (or 866-415-4158) or by visiting BristolMotorSpeedway.com. The official designated Western Carolina seating section is in Yarborough sections E and F.
Students and youth can purchase a ticket for $15. Students are also encouraged to utilize the FREE student parking available at the Bristol Motor Speedway by simply showing a valid student ID and ticket to the parking staff located at the Bristol Dragway entrance. The designated free student parking is on the northeast side of the speedway.