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NSU's Adkins added to football watch list

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NATCHITOCHES, LA (NSU Sports Information) -

Northwestern State's Zach Adkins, last year's Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year after a record-breaking junior season with the Demons, has been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List as one of the top 36 quarterbacks at the Division I FCS level.

The Riverside, Calif., native helped NSU finish 6-6 overall and 3-4 last fall in the Southland as the Demons won three of their last four games, showing steady improvement in the second half of the season. NSU opened with a victory at Missouri State, which finished third in the highly-regarded Missouri Valley Conference, and blasted Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division champion Southern to open the home schedule.

Adkins transferred from Riverside City College and set seven single-season Demon records, including total offense, points responsible for, passing yards, touchdown passes, and completion percentage.

He completed 247 of 382 passes for 2,725 yards and 21 touchdowns. His completion percentage of 64.7 ranked 23rd in the FCS, while his yardage total ranked 20th nationally. His pass yardage total broke Scott Stoker's 25-year-old school record of 2,393 and his touchdown passes topped a 45-year-old standard of 16 set by Don Guidry in 1968. His 64.7 completion percentage topped the previous mark of 61.7 set by Brad Henderson in 2011.

Adding his 224 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Adkins (2,950 total yards, 24 touchdowns for 144 points) shattered Stoker's 1988 total offense school mark of 2,559 yards and Guidry's 1968 mark of 114 points rushing and passing. He set new marks for pass attempts and completions while suffering only nine interceptions, one every 42 attempts.

He had two 300-yard games, including 331 against Southern in his second game and a season-high 333, 10th best in school history, in a 40-27 win against Stephen F. Austin in the season finale. He threw three touchdowns in a game four times and completed at least one touchdown pass in his final six games of the year.
 
Adkins is the second Northwestern State player to be named to the 2014 CFPA positional watch lists, following senior cornerback Imoan Claiborne.
 
"Congratulations to Zach Adkins on joining Imoan Claiborne on this year's watch list," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Adkins played an important role in Northwestern State's offense, which averaged 5.5 yards per play last season -- the highest average for the team since 2004."

Adkins is one of five quarterbacks from the Southland Conference on the latest CFPA watch list, joined by last year's Southland Player of the Year, Bryan Bennett of Southeastern Louisiana, along with Trent Brittain of Incarnate Word, Caleb Berry from Lamar, and Nicholls State's Tuskani Figaro.

The 2014 CFPA FCS Quarterbacks Watch List includes four returning CFPA winners -- Eastern Washington's Vernon Adams, Lafayette's Drew Reed, Northern Iowa's Sawyer Kollmorgen, and Villanova's John Robertson.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

The CFPA is in its seventh season, analyzing player performance and team success with objective rankings from its data index since 2008.
 
Last season, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston earned the CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy at the FBS level, while Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams earned the CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.

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