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Towson F Benimon named Mid-Major first team All-American

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED MID-MAJOR FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet also on first team

TOWSON, Md. – Mid-Major Madness has named Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon a Mid-Major First Team All-American, it was announced on Monday. Benimon is joined on the first team by Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet, Canisius’ Billy Baron and UCSB’s Alan Williams.

Benimon adds this honor to an already impressive list of accolades received during his senior season. In addition to being named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year for the second straight season, the forward was named Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four this past weekend.

An NABC All-District 10 first-team honoree, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins during the 2013-14 season, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Benimon led Towson in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg). His rebounding average ranked second in the NCAA and his 21 double-doubles were third best in the country. Benimon’s 404 rebounds are a new school record and only trails Navy’s David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

The Mid-Major All-America Second Team is made up of Massachusetts’s Chaz Williams, BYU’s Tyler Haws, North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun, Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes and Buffalo’s Javon McCrea.

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Maryland F Thomas named WBCA All-American

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 10 players in the country to be named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Saturday. She is the first in program history to earn the honor three times.

The WBCA All-America Team was announced at a ceremony held at Bridgestone Arena during the 2014 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities. The 10-member team was decided from a group of 52 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting held during the 2014 WBCA National Convention.

Thomas was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American earlier this week.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (28-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,341 career points and is tied with Crystal Langhorne as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,229 career boards.

Thomas has an ACC-best 28 double-doubles in 34 games played this year and leads the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Thomas is joined on the team by Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).

“The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2014 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team are extremely deserving of this award,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These young women have led their teams to be contenders for conference championships and berths in the NCAA Tournament. Each of these young women is the one on her team who the coach can turn to in order to take the program to the next level.”

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

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Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas named AP First Team All-American

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was one of five players in the country to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press Tuesday. Thomas made the AP’s First Team as a sophomore in 2012 and Second Team in 2013.

Thomas is joined on the AP’s First Team by Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).

Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was honored as an All-American by the USBWA for the third straight year as well Monday.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (27-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she scored 13 points to surpass Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,320 career points and scored a career-high 33 in the Terps’ 73-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday.

Thomas has an ACC-best 27 double-doubles in 33 games played this year and leads the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on third-seeded Louisville (33-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Elite Eight at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The Terps-Cardinals matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 24-8 (.750).

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Future Terp Trimble named McDonald’s All-American

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

FINAL ROSTERS UNVEILED FOR THE 2014 McDONALD’S ALL AMERICAN GAMES
48 Players Join the Ranks of Basketball’s Elite with Selection to 2014 Team

OAK BROOK, Ill. (Jan. 29, 2014) – The McDonald’s All American High School Basketball
Games unveiled the official rosters for the 37th Annual Boys Game and 13th Annual Girls Game
during today’s 2014 McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU. The nation’s
top annual high school basketball all-star event will again be played at Chicago’s United Center
on April 2. Full team rosters are available now at www.mcdaag.com.

The 2014 McDonald’s All American Boys Team features the consensus number one player in
the country Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young – Chicago, Ill.), playing for the West Team against
the East Team’s top big man Cliff Alexander (Curie High School – Chicago, Ill.). Tyler Ulis
(Marian Catholic – Chicago Heights, Ill.) rounds out the Chicago trio. Okafor will square off
against highly ranked centers Karl Towns, Jr. (St. Joseph High School – Metuchen, N.J.) and
Myles Turner (Trinity High School – Euless, Tex.), one of five boys hailing from Texas. Other
players with ties to the Lone Star state include Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep Academy –
Dallas, Tex.), Justin Jackson (Homeschool Christian – Tomball, Tex.), Justise Winslow (St.
John’s High School – Houston, Tex.) and Kelly Oubre (Findlay Prep – Henderson, Nev.),
originally from Richmond, Tex. Of the 24 Boys selected to the team, Kentucky and Duke have
the most commitments, each with four. The Boys Game begins at 8:30 p.m. CT April 2, and will
be televised live on ESPN.

The Girls Team includes top ranked A’Ja Wilson (Heathwood Hall Episcopal School –
Columbia, S.C.) along with five players from California and four from Texas. California participants include Jordin Canada (Windward School – Los Angeles, Calif.), Lajahna
Drummer (Long Beach Polytechnic High School – Long Beach, Calif.), high school teammates,
Mikayla Cowling (St. Mary’s College High School – Albany, Calif.) and Gabby Green (Saint
Mary’s College High School – Albany, Calif.) and Mariya Moore (Salesian High School –
Richmond, Calif.). The four Texas participants include Brianna Turner (Manvel High School –
Manvel, Tex.), Ariel Atkins (Duncanville High School – Duncanville, Tex.), Recee’ Caldwell
(FEAST Home School – San Antonio, Tex.), and Brooke McCarty (Clear Springs High School –
League City, Tex.). Of the 24 Girls Game participants, UCLA will have the most McDonald’s All
Americans suiting up next fall with three commits. The Girls Game begins at 6:00 p.m. CT April
2, and will be televised live on ESPNU.

“The McDonald’s All American Games are where the elite players serve notice of what’s to
come at the next level,” said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games.
“With the great success of last year’s players at the collegiate level this year, we can’t wait to
see what’s in store for Chicago on April 2.”

This year’s teams were selected from the field of more than 1,000 Nominees by the McDonald’s
All American Games Selection Committee, led by committee chairman, Morgan Wootten,
legendary Hall-of-Fame basketball coach.

Since 1978, more than 1,150 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games,
forming an elite list of some of the top names in basketball history including, Michael Jordan,
Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love,
Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker, Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne
2014 McDonald’s All American Games
Boys Alphabetical Roster

EAST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Cliff Alexander PF 6-9 Curie High School (Chicago, IL) Kansas
James Blackmon, Jr. SG 6-2 Marion High School (Marion, IN) Indiana
Justin Jackson SF 6-7 Homeschool Christian (Tomball, TX) North Carolina
Tyus Jones PG 6-1 Apple Valley High School (Apple Valley, MN) Duke
Kevon Looney PF 6-8 Milwaukee Hamilton High School (Milwaukee, WI) UCLA
Theo Pinson SF 6-6 Wesleyan Christian (Greensboro, NC) North Carolina
D’Angelo Russell SG 6-4 Montverde Academy (Louisville, KY) Ohio State
Karl Towns, Jr. C 6-11 St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, NJ) Kentucky
Romelo Trimble PG 6-2 O’Connell High School (Upper Marlboro, MD) Maryland
Myles Turner C 6-11 Trinity High School (Bedford, TX) Undecided
Isaiah Whitehead SG 6-4 Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, NY) Seton Hall
Justise Winslow SF 6-6 Saint John’s High School (Houston, TX) Duke

WEST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Grayson Allen SG 6-4 Providence School of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL) Duke
Joel Berry PG 6-0 Lake Highland Prep (Apopka, FL) North Carolina
Devin Booker SG 6-5 Moss Point High School (Moss Point, MS) Kentucky
Stanley Johnson SF 6-6 Mater Dei High School (Fullerton, CA) Arizona
Trey Lyles PF 6-10 Arsenal Technical (Indianapolis, IN) Kentucky
Emmanuel Mudiay PG 6-5 Prime Prep Academy (Dallas, TX) Southern Methodist
Jahlil Okafor C 6-10 Whitney Young Magnet High School (Chicago, IL) Duke
Kelly Oubre SF 6-7 Findlay College Prep (Richmond, TX) Kansas
Reid Travis PF 6-8 De La Salle High School (Minneapolis, MN) Stanford
Tyler Ulis PG 5-9 Marian Catholic High School (Matteson, IL) Kentucky
Rashad Vaughn SG 6-6 Findlay College Prep (Golden Valley, MN) Undecided
Thomas Welsh C 6-11 Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA) UCLA

2014 McDonald’s All American Games
Girls Alphabetical Roster

EAST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Lynee’ Belton C 6-2 Bullis School (Clinton, MD) Duke
Sierra Calhoun W 6-0 Christ the King High School (Brooklyn, NY) Duke
Bianca Cuevas PG 5-6 Nazareth Regional High School (Bronx, NY) South Carolina
Sadie Edwards G 5-9 Blair Academy (Meriden, CT) UConn
Myisha Hines-Allen W 6-1 Montclair High School (Montclair, NJ) Louisville
Alexa Middleton G 5-8 Riverdale High School (Murfreesboro, TN) Tennessee
Kelsey Mitchell PG 5-8 Princeton High School (Cincinnati, OH) Ohio State
Mariya Moore W 6-0 Salesian High School (Pleasant Hill, CA) Louisville
Shakayla Thomas W 5-11 Sylacauga High School (Sylacauga, AL) Florida State
Kathryn Westbeld F 6-2 Fairmont High School (Kettering, OH) Notre Dame
Jatarie White C 6-4 Providence Day School (Charlotte, NC) South Carolina
A’ja Wilson F 6-5 Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (Hopkins, SC) Undecided

WEST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Ariel Atkins G 5-11 Duncanville High School (Duncanville, TX) Texas
Recee’ Caldwell PG 5-8 FEAST Home School (San Antonio, TX) UCLA
Jordin Canada PG 5-6 Windward School (Los Angeles, CA) UCLA
Mikayla Cowling W 6-1 Saint Mary’s College High School (Benicia, CA) California
Lajahna Drummer F 6-2 Long Beach Polytechnic High School (Los Angeles, CA) UCLA
Gabby Green W 6-1 Saint Mary’s College High School (Oakland, CA) California
Brooke McCarty PG 5-4 Clear Springs High School (League City, TX) Texas
Jaime Nared W 6-1 Westview High School (Portland, OR) Tennessee
Alyssa Rice C 6-3 Reynoldsburg High School (Reynoldsburg, OH) Kentucky
Brianna Turner F 6-3 Manvel High School (Pearland, TX) Notre Dame
Chatrice White C 6-3 Shelby Public High School (Shelby, NE) Illinois
Gabby Williams G 5-11 Edward C. Reed High School (Sparks, NV) UConn

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Towson OT Pike, RB West pick up more All-America honors

Posted on 23 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ERIC PIKE, TERRANCE WEST NAMED FIRST TEAM AFCA ALL-AMERICANS

Tigers One of Five Schools With Two All-Americans

WACO, TEX. — Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) of Towson University have been named as members of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team announced today by the AFCA.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best – the coaches themselves.

West and Pike have led the Tigers to a 13-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS Championship Game on Jan. 4.

The leading rusher in all of college football, West has rushed for 2,410 yards on 391 carries, setting an NCAA FCS single season record. The Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, he also leads college football with 41 touchdowns scored, including 40 rushing TD’s. His 41 touchdowns are also an FCS single season record.

A 6-5, 298-pound tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who has started all 49 games of his college career. A two-time All-CAA first team tackle, he set a school record by playing in 49 games.

West and Pike were also named to the Walter Camp All-America first team and The Sports Network All-American first team.

Towson was one of five schools with two players named to the first team. Eastern Illinois, Eastern Washington, North Dakota State and Montana also had two All-American selections.

 

2013 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team

Offense

Pos      Name                           Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  School                   Coach                Hometown (High School)

WR        Cooper Kupp                  6-2   195   Fr.  Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin      Yakima, Wash. (Davis)

WR        *Erik Lora                     5-11  190   Sr.  Eastern Illinois        Dino Babers        Miami, Fla. (Columbus)

TE         MyCole Pruitt                6-3   250  Jr.  Southern Illinois      Dale Lennon        St. Louis, Mo. (Kirkwood)

OL        Eric Pike                       6-5   298  Sr.  Towson                   Rob Ambrose      Landover, Md. (DuVal)

OL        Dakota Dozier               6-5   303  Sr.  Furman                   Bruce Fowler      West Columbia, S.C. (Brookland-Cayce)

C          Jared Singleton             6-2   309  Sr.  Wofford                   Mike Ayers         Lugoff, S.C. (Lugoff-Elgin)

OL        Billy Turner                   6-6   314   Sr.  North Dakota State  Craig Bohl          Shoreview, Minn. (Mounds View)

OL        Danny Kistler, Jr.          6-8   315   Sr.  Montana                  Mick Delaney      Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea)

QB        Jimmy Garoppolo          6-3   222  Sr.  Eastern Illinois        Dino Babers        Arlington Heights, Ill. (Rolling Meadows)

RB        Terrance West               5-11  223  Jr.  Towson                   Rob Ambrose      Baltimore, Md. (Northwestern)

RB        *Zach Zenner                6-0   220  Jr.  South Dakota St.      John Stiegelmeier      Eagan, Minn. (Eagan)

 

Defense

Pos      Name                           Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  School                   Coach                Hometown (High School)

DL        Zach Hodges                 6-3   235  Jr.  Harvard                  Tim Murphy        Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Exeter Academy)

DL        *Davis Tull                    6-3   240  Jr.  Tenn.-Chattanooga Russ Huesman    Knoxville, Tenn. (Bearden)

DL        Colton Underwood         6-4   255  Sr.  Illinois St.               Brock Spack       Washington, Ill. (Washington)

DL        Brad Daly                      6-1    240  Sr.  Montana St.             Rob Ash              Helena, Mont. (Capital)

LB        Jordan Tripp                  6-3   237  Sr.  Montana                  Mick Delaney      Missoula, Mont. (Big Sky)

LB        Stephon Robertson         5-11  230  Sr.  James Madison        Mickey Matthews       Alexandria, Va. (Edison)

LB        Cqulin Hubert                6-1    250  Sr.  SE Louisiana            Ron Roberts        Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)

DB        Emory Polley                 5-9   175   Sr.  Brown                     Phil Estes           University Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Hts)

DB        T.J. Lee III                    5-9   190   Sr.  Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin      Seattle, Wash. (West Seattle)

DB        *Marcus Williams          5-11  192   Sr.  North Dakota St.      Craig Bohl          Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins)

DB        Daniel Fitzpatrick          6-2   210   Jr.  Tennessee St.          Rod Reed            Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Concordia Lutheran)

 

Specialists

Pos      Name                           Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  School                   Coach                Hometown (High School)

P          Kyle Loomis                  6-2   210   Jr.  Portland St.             Nigel Burton       Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg)

PK        Tyler Sievertsen            6-2   185   Sr.  Northern Iowa         Mark Farley        Cedar Rapids, Iowa (C.R. Kennedy)

AP        Fabian Truss                  5-9   185   Sr.  Samford                  Pat Sullivan        Birmingham, Ala. (Shades Valley)

*-2012 All-American

Team Background: The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.

From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006.

 

Top Teams: Eastern Kentucky has been represented a total of 23 times by 21 players on the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team since 1979. The Colonels are followed by Appalachian State (23/17), Montana (23/22), Delaware (20/17), Eastern Washington (19/18), Furman (19/18), Northern Iowa (19/16), Georgia Southern (17/13), Lehigh (15/15), Portland State (15/15), Youngstown State (15/14), Grambling State (14/13), Stephen F. Austin (14/13), Eastern Illinois (14/12), New Hampshire (14/12), Jackson State (13/12), Weber State (13/12), Montana State (12/12) and James Madison (11/11) among current FCS schools.

 

Top Conference: The Colonial Athletic Association (formerly Atlantic 10) (122 appearances/112 players) is tops among all FCS conferences on the AFCA FCS Coaches All-America Team since 1979. Following the CAA is the Southern (111 appearances/97 players), Missouri Valley Football (formerly Gateway) (90/82), Big Sky (87/85), Ohio Valley (65/60), Southland (62/57), Southwestern Athletic (54/52), Patriot (48/47), Ivy League (33/33), Mid-Eastern Athletic (30/28), Northeast (15/13), Pioneer (13/13) and Big South (9/9). These totals reflect FCS selections only from current conference members. Several schools had additional players chosen when they played in divisions other than FCS.

 

2013 Conference-by-Conference Breakdown: Big Sky – 6; Missouri Valley – 6; Southern – 4; Colonial – 3; Ohio Valley – 3; Ivy – 2; Southland – 1.

 

Consecutive Years: Eastern Kentucky leads all schools, having had at least one player named to the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team in each of the first 15 years a FCS team was chosen (1979-93). Eastern Washington has the longest current streak at six straight years from 2008 to present.

 

Long Time Coming: Senior linebacker Cqulin Hubert makes the AFCA FCS All-America Team for Southeastern Louisiana, marking the first time the Lions’ have had a representative since 1985, when defensive lineman Willie Shepard made the team.

 

Repeat After Me: Eastern Illinois’ Erik Lora, South Dakota State’s Zach Zenner, Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Davis Tull and North Dakota State’s Marcus Williams were elected to the AFCA FCS All-American Team for the second consecutive year.

Linebackers Gary Reasons of Northwestern State (La.) (1981-83) and Dexter Coakley of Appalachian State (1994-96) are the only three-time AFCA All-Americans in Football Championship Subdivision.

 

Yearly Leaders: Alabama State (2012-OL Terren Jones, DB Kejuan Riley and P Bobby Wenzig) joins Grambling State (1979-DL Joe Gordon, LB Aldrich Allen and DB Robert Salters) and Jackson State (1996-QB Grailyn Pratt, LB Otha Evans and DB Sean Woodson) as the only schools to have more than two players named to the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team in one year.

 

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn Coaches’ All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon.

 

Class Distinction: This year’s AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 17 seniors, seven juniors and one freshman.

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Towson RB West, OT Pike pick up more All-America honors

Posted on 21 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ERIC PIKE, TERRANCE WEST EARN WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA HONORS

Tigers Honored After Leading Towson To FCS Semi-Finals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and junior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) of Towson University have been named to the Walter Camp 2013 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Championship Subdivision schools and certified by the accounting and auditing firm, Marcum LLP.

The Walter Camp All-America team is the oldest All-America team selected. Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.

West, the leading rusher in college football with 2,295 yards, also leads all of college football with 39 touchdowns scored. In the NCAA FCS semi-finals, West led the Tigers to a win over Eastern Illinois in the FCS quarter-finals by rushing for an FCS Championship record 354 yards while scoring five touchdowns.

A four-year starter at left tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who set a school record with 48 career games played. When the Tigers face Eastern Washington, he will start in his 49th consecutive game.

Towson was one of four schools with two players selected to the Walter Camp All-America team. Eastern Illinois, Eastern Washington and North Dakota State each had two first-team honorees.

In all, players from eight different conferences and 21 institutions are represented on the 2013 Walter Camp FCS All-America team.   The Big Sky Conference had the most selections with 5, while the Colonial Athletic Association and Missouri Valley Conference each had four honorees.

The Tigers face Eastern Washington in the NCAA FCS semi-finals on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

2013 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team

OFFENSE

Pos.        Name, School                                    Hgt     Wgt         Class          Hometown

WR           Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois #                5-10                   190             Sr.             Miami, Fla.

WR           Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington        6-2       195         Fr.              Yakima, Wash.

TE            Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville          6-3       210         Jr.              Sarasota, Fla.

OL           Dakota Dozier, Furman                       6-5       303        Sr.              West Columbia, S.C.

OL           Eric Pike, Towson                               6-5      298         Sr.              Landover, Md.

OL           Billy Turner, North Dakota State#       6-6      314          Sr.              Shoreview, Minn.

OL           Danny Kistler, Jr., Montana                 6-8      315          Sr.              Seattle, Wash.

C             Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington       6-2      300         Sr.              Vancouver, Wash.

QB           Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois       6-3      222         Sr.              Arlington Heights, Ill.

RB           Terrance West, Towson                       5-11     223         Jr.              Baltimore, Md.

RB           Zach Zenner, South Dakota State#      6-0      220         Jr.              Eagan, Minn.

PK           Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville               6-0       198         Sr.              Snellville, Ga.

DEFENSE

Pos.        Name, School                                    Hgt      Wgt               Class        Hometown

DL           Shaquille Riddick, Gardner-Webb         6-7        240            Jr.             Akron, Ohio

DL           Davis Tull, Chattanooga                      6-3       240             Jr.             Knoxville, Tenn.

DL           Brad Daly, Montana State                    6-1       240            Sr.             Helena, Mont.

DL           Terrance Fede, Marist                         6-5     270            Sr.             Nyack, N.Y.

LB           Justin Shade, Samford                        5-10      229            Sr.             Birmingham, Ala.

LB           Stephon Robertson, James Madison #  5-11        230            Sr.             Alexandria, Va.

LB           Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina            5-10     215                 Jr.             Greenwood, S.C.

DB           Jerome Couplin, William & Mary             6-2    215             Sr.             Upper Marlboro, Md.

DB           Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State          6-0    214          Jr.              Fair Grove, Mo.

DB           Marcus Williams, North Dakota State *  5-11   192             Sr.             Minneapolis, Minn.

DB           Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State      6-2    210          Jr.              Fort Wayne, Ind.

P             Kyle Loomis, Portland State                  6-2      210             Jr.             Roseburg, Ore.

KR           Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana 5-9  170          So.              Atlanta, Ga.

* – 2011 and 2012 Walter Camp FCS All-America selection

# – 2012 Walter Camp All-America selection

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Navy QB Reynolds named Honorable Mention All-America by SI

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Sophomore Quarterback Keenan Reynolds Named Honorable Mention All-American By Sports Illustrated

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds is well on his way to rewriting the school and national record books, establishing an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29 this season, tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent (7 vs. San Jose State), scoring a program-best 42 points against San Jose State, breaking a nearly 100-year-old season scoring mark at Navy with 176 points (174 by Bill Ingram in 1917) and smashing the school record for points responsible for in a season with 224.  Reynolds heads into the Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Middle Tennessee State ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, No. 1 in rushing touchdowns with 29 and No. 2 in rushing yards by a quarterback with 105.0.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston was named the first team quarterback, while Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was named to the second team.  Blake Bortles (UCF), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Shane Carden (East Carolina), Derek Carr (Fresno State), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Zach Mettenberger (LSU), Braxton Miller (Ohio State), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Bryce Petty (Baylor) and Connor Shaw (South Carolina) joined Reynolds as Honorable Mention All-Americans.

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Five Towson football players named to Sports Network All-America team

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

FIVE TIGERS LEAD THE SPORTS NETWORK’S FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Terrance West, Eric Pike Earn First Team Honors

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) of Towson University were named as All-America first team selections on the FCS All-America team that was selected by The Sports Network on Wednesday.

They were two of five Tigers named to The Sports Network’s three All-America teams. Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) were named to the second team while senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) earned third team honors.

Towson and Eastern Illinois led all schools with five All-Americans on the 102-member teams.

West, who leads all of college football with 2,295 rushing yards, earned first team All-America honors from TSN for the second time in his career. He was also named as first team All-American selection in 2011 when he won the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football. The 2013 CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year, West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week four times.

A three-time All-CAA first team selection, West has scored 39 touchdowns this season, tying the FCS record for touchdowns in a season. He leads all of college football in touchdowns scored.

A four-year starter on the offensive line, Pike was a third team All-American last season. A two-year team captain, he has played in 48 career games, setting a school record for most games played. The Tigers’ starter at left tackle, Pike is a two-time All-CAA first team selection.

An outstanding blocker in the backfield, Holder earned All-CAA first team honors. He caught 13 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Another first team All-CAA selection, Love is a two-year starter at cornerback. He has made 59 tackles and ranks second on the team by breaking up 10 passes.

A third team All-American, Clark leads the Tigers with 131 tackles in 14 games. He is second in the CAA in tackles and leads the CAA with five forced fumbles.

All five of the All-American selections will lead Towson into its NCAA FCS semi-final game against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The game will be televised on ESPNU.

The Tigers bring a 12-2 record into the semi-final game.

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Towson RB West, OL Pike named AP All-American

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Ralph D. Russo | The Associated Press

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and fellow Walter Payton Award finalist Terrance West of Towson have been selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team.

Garoppolo passed for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns and won the Payton award as the top player in FCS. The senior led Eastern Illinois (12-2) to the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs.

West has run for 2,295 yards and tied an FCS record with 39 touchdowns to help Towson (12-2) reach this weekend’s semifinals after it eliminated Eastern Illinois last week.

Montana State defensive end Brad Daly, who won the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in FCS, was selected to the first-team defense, along with cornerback Marcus Williams of two-time defending national champion North Dakota State.

FIRST TEAM
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL YEAR
QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois Sr.
RB Terrance West Towson Jr.
RB Zach Zenner South Dakota State Sr.
OL Billy Turner North Dakota State Sr.
OL Eric Pike Towson Sr.
OL Dakota Dozier Furman Sr.
OL Ashton Miller Eastern Washington Sr.
OL Danny Kistler Montana Sr.
WR Erik Lora Eastern Illinois Sr.
WR Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington Redshirt Fr.
TE MyCole Pruitt Southern Illinois Jr.
All-purpose Fabian Truss Samford Sr.
K Seth Sebastien Southeastern Louisiana Sr.
DL Brad Daly Montana State Sr.
DL Shaquille Riddick Gardner-Webb Jr.
DL Davis Tull Chattanooga Jr.
DL Sullivan Grosz Cal Poly Sr.
LB Stephon Robertson James Madison Sr.
LB Justin Shade Samford Sr.
LB Jordan Tripp Montana Sr.
DB Daniel Fitzpatrick Tennessee State Jr.
DB Marcus Williams North Dakota State Sr.
DB Caleb Schaffitzel Missouri State Jr.
DB Jerome Couplin William & Mary Sr.
P Kyle Loomis Portland State Jr.

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Towson RB West, OT Pike pick up All-America honors

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TERRANCE WEST, ERIC PIKE NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Ryan Delaire Earns Third Team All-America Honors From College Sports Madness

TOWSON, Md. –  Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior offensive tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) of Towson University have been named as first team selections on the College Sports Madness FCS All-America teams.

In addition, junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) earned third team All-America notice.

West, the leading rusher and touchdown scorer in NCAA FCS, was also named as the College Sports Madness Offensive Player of the Year.

All three Tigers will lead Towson into its second round NCAA FCS playoff game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Now 10-2 on the season, the Tigers are hosting Fordham (12-1).

One of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, West leads NCAA FCS with 155.4 rushing yards per game. He has rushed for 1,865 yards on 301 attempts, an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He needs 135 rushing yards to become the 12th player in FCS history to run for 2,000 yards in a season. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year, West has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.

With a total of 31 touchdowns, West leads all of college football in touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns in 33 games. He also earned first team All-CAA honors for the third straight year.

Pike has been a force on the Tigers’ offensive line for the last four years. In the Tigers’ regular season finale, he set a school record by becoming the first player in school history to play in 46 career games. The 6-5, 298-pound tackle has also started all 46 games.

A two-year co-captain, Pike has been a two-time All-CAA first team selection. He also earned third team notice as a sophomore.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire led the Tigers with 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. A first team All-CAA honoree, he was sixth on the team with 51 tackles. He was also second in the CAA in sacks.

Towson was one of six teams with two All-America first team selections. No. 1 North Dakota State, No. 2 Eastern Illinois, No. 3 Eastern Washington, South Dakota State and Samford also had a pair of first team honorees.

The Tigers were also one of 10 schools with more than two All-American selections.

FCS Football 2013 Madness All-American Teams

SPORTS MADNESS FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

National Coach of the Year:                                         Dino Babers, Eastern Illinois

Offensive Player of the Year:                              Terrance West, Towson University

Defensive Player of the Year:                              Stephon Robertson, James Madison

Freshman of the Year:                                         Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB-           Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

RB-           Zach Zenner, South Dakota State

RB-           Terrance West, Towson University

WR-           Sam Alaja, Fordham

WR-           Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois

WR-           Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

TE-            A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State

OL-           Eric Pike, Towson University

OL-           Billy Turner, North Dakota State

OL-           Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State

OL-           Garrett Frye, Georgia Southern

OL-           Dakota Dozier, Furman

PK-           Colton Cook, Southern Utah

KR-           Xavier Robertson, Southeastern Louisiana

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL-           Sullivan Grosz, Cal Poly

DL-           Davis Tull, Chattanooga

DL-           Zach Hodges, Harvard

DL-           Brad Daly, Montana State

LB-            Stephon Robertson, James Madison

LB-            Justin Shade, Samford

LB-            Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina

LB-            Tyler Starr, South Dakota

DB-           T.J. Lee, Eastern Washington

DB-           Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State

DB-           Marcus Williams, North Dakota State

DB-           Jaquiski Tartt, Samford

P-             Kyle Loomis, Portland State

PR-           Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB-           Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington

RB-           D.J. Adams, Portland State

RB-           Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina

WR-           Lee Kurfis, Lehigh

WR-           Greg Hardin, North Dakota

WR-           Jeremy Butler, Tennessee

TE-            Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville

OL-           Josh Wells, James Madison

OL-           Joe Hook, Maine

OL-           Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington

OL-           Danny Kistler, Montana

OL-           Chris Elkins, Youngstown State

OL-           Dakota Dozier, Furman

PK-           Ray Early, Furman

KR-           Shawn Johnson, Montana State

 

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL-           Collin Albretch, Northern Iowa

DL-           Colton Underwood, Illinois State

DL-           Terrence Fede, Marist

DL-           Mike Reilly, William & Mary

LB-            Jordan Tripp, Montana

LB-            R.C. Kilgore, South Dakota State

LB-            Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington

LB-            Joe Thomas, South Carolina State

DB-           Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman

DB-           Lucky Dozier, Northern Arizona

DB-           Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State

DB-           Jerome Couplin, William & Mary

P-             Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech

PR-           Fabian Truss, Samford

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

QB-           John Robertson, Villanova

RB-           Damarcus James, Jacksonville State

RB-           Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State

WR-           Mike Brooks, Stephen F. Austin

WR-           Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State

WR-           Grant Gellaty, Cornell

TE-            R.J. Rickert, Northern Arizona

OL-           Arinze Agada, McNeese State

OL-           Cody Burgess, Southern Utah

OL-           Ty Gregory, Wofford

OL-           Cole Caruthers, Central Arkansas

OL-           Giovanni Sani, Cal Poly

PK-           Anthony Prevost, Hampton

KR-           Fabian Truss, Samford

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

DL-           Ryan Delaire, Towson

DL-           Robert Simpson, MVSU

DL-           Zack Wagenmann, Montana

DL-           James Cowser, Southern Utah

LB-            Nick Dzubnar, Cal Poly

LB-            Zak Browning, Southern Utah

LB-            Tony Bell, Tennessee-Martin

LB-            Todd Davis, Sacramento State

DB-           Jacob Hagen, Liberty

DB-           Kadeem Wise, Chattanooga

DB-           Greg Worthy, Furman

DB-           Anders Battle, Northern Arizona

P-             Justin Weldon, Sacramento State

PR-           Ellis Henderson, Montana

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