Adams -- the conference's offensive player of the year in 2014 -- directed Northwest Missouri State to a 15-0 record and its first NCAA Division II National Championship since 2009. He joins Pittsburg State's Nate Dreiling (football) and William Shell (track and field) from Southwest Baptist for the male award.
Nominees of the 21-year-old honor are judged on 2013-14 athletic accomplishments, career academic accomplishments, 2013-14 campus/community service, and career athletic and service achievements.
Adams was the most efficient passer in all levels of the NCAA last season with a quarterback rating of 192.5. He was also a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete and the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for football.
Northwest has had five Ken B. Jones Award winners including Jake Soy (2010-11), Myles Burnsides (2009-10), Josh Lamberson (2005-06), Clint Prange (2004-05) and Tuker Woolsey (2001-02).
The winner will be announced June 6 at the MIAA Awards Ceremony at the Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch.