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G&T Blog matters: Vernon Adams collects EWU academic honor, GU’s Kyle Wiltjer suttle skill, Mike Leach’s contract with WSU

A sampling from the past week of entries in The Spokesman-Review blog, Sportslink at spokesman.com/ blogs/sportslink. 2: The hard work paid off today, when Adams was named Eastern’s Scholar- Athlete of the Month for January, along with basketball player Melissa Williams. It’s been an unlikely road for Adams, a two-time All-American who told me this morning that he didn’t even like the classroom until he came to Cheney.

EWU’s Vernon Adams, SDSU’s Zach Zenner lead FCS All-Americans

Vernon Adams needed to play only 10 games for Eastern Washington to become an All-American. Adams was chosen the first-team quarterback for the Associated Press FCS All-America team released Wednesday after a remarkable – yet abbreviated – season.

Vernon Adams top QB on All-America list

Vernon Adams only needed to play 10 games for Eastern Washington to become an All-American. Adams was chosen the first-team quarterback for The Associated Press FCS All-America team released Wednesday after a remarkable — yet abbreviated — season.

Adams awaits Payton verdict

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. can’t wait to get back to work, especially after his Eagles were eliminated Saturday from the FCS playoffs. “The offseason is right around the corner, we’re going to work our butts off and work for Oregon next year,” Adams said after Eastern’s 59-46 loss to Illinois State. EWU opens at Eugene next season.

Vernon Adams finalist for Walter Payton Award

For the second straight year, Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. And just as he did last year, Adams considers it a compliment to the entire Eastern offense.

Fantastic catches, strong finish lift Vernon Adams, Eagles past Grizzlies

Eastern Washington proved it again Saturday afternoon: Steady doesn’t always win the race. For the second time in a row against their biggest rivals, the Eagles sprinted toward the finish line, took a short nap, then reawakened in time to hold off Montana, 36-26, in a football game that once again had a storybook feel.

John Blanchette: Vernon Adams shows there is more to him than meets the eye

The sand- bagging was still in high gear mid-week, when Vernon Adams Jr. kept hedging – stoking the will-he-play-or- won’t-he mystery in the name of gamesmanship. His charade lasted all the way until Eastern Washington hit the bloodstain of Roos Field on Saturday, and he started to Shane Sparks his way through warm-ups.

It’s not all about Vernon Adams

With everyone’s attention focused on the Montana defense and the will-he-play-or-won’t- he questions surrounding Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., it’s easy to overlook the other key matchup in Saturday’s Big Sky Conference showdown at Roos Field. That would be Eastern’s improving defense against Montana’s steady offense – a battle that will go far in deciding the game.

Eagles play guessing game with Griz

The question was on everyone’s lips, but Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin had the answer before anyone could ask it. “They’ll both practice and it will be a game-time decision,” Baldwin told a crowd of Eagles fans at the weekly coaches’ show Monday night at Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

Big Sky notes: Vernon Adams tries to stay patient while healing

His right foot is healing in its own good time, which isn’t fast enough for Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. “It’s coming along, but I have to learn that it’s happening on God’s time, and my time will come again,” Adams said during practice Tuesday at Roos Field.

Next man up: QB Jordan West ready to step in for injured Vernon Adams

Come Saturday afternoon, Southern Utah will surely bring the heat. But on Tuesday, new Eastern Washington starting quarterback Jordan West handled the media blitz with the calm of a veteran and hardly missed a read. “I’ve just got to get the ball into the playmakers’ hands and just do my job,” said West, who will get his first collegiate start this weekend after Vernon Adams suffered a broken foot Saturday during the Eagles’ 56-53 win over Idaho State.

Adams toughed it out

More than anything, it was Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams’ warrior mentality that kept him playing through pain last weekend. “That’s where his mindset was” at halftime of Saturday’s game against Idaho State, Eagles coach Beau Baldwin said Monday, a day after learning that Adams will miss three to six weeks with two broken bones in his right foot.

Eagles’ Adams out 3-6 weeks

If the Eastern Washington football team makes another deep run into the postseason, it will have to make part of the journey without quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. Adams will miss three to six weeks of action after breaking two bones in his right foot Saturday during the Eagles’ win over Idaho State, coach Beau Baldwin said Sunday.

Adams shakes off foot injury to lead way past Idaho State

His face wincing with each step, Vernon Adams Jr. stepped into the pocket one more time Saturday afternoon. This time it was a bit friendlier, formed as it was by a semicircle of media types who wanted to hear from Adams exactly what it felt like to win another football game for Eastern Washington.

Eastern not taking Idaho State lightly

Football is “making strides” at Idaho State, coach Mike Kramer will tell you. Last week’s three- touchdown win over Sacramento State “was a validation of how far we’ve come,” said Kramer, now in his fourth year rebuilding one of the most downtrodden programs in the Big Sky Conference.

Eagles found new way to win

Almost 19 minutes into Saturday's game, the Eastern Washington Eagles had exactly one possession and were trailing on the road against a UC Davis team that milked the clock, refused to make a mistake and generally tested their patience.