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Towson’s West, Joseph honored by CAA

Posted on 16 September 2013 by WNST Staff

TERRANCE WEST, DERRICK JOSEPH HONORED BY CAA

West Named As CAA Offensive Player of the Week for Fifth Time In Career

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), a strong candidate for the Walter Payton Award, and junior kickoff return specialist Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) earned weekly honors from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) after the No. 4 Tigers’ 49-7 win over Delaware State, it has been announced by CAA officials.

West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and the fifth time in his career. Joseph was named as the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career.

In the undefeated Tigers’ victory over Delaware State, West ran for 82 yards on 16 carries and tied a school record by scoring five touchdowns.

West, who has scored nine touchdowns in three games this season, matched the Towson single-game record set by former All-American Tony Vinson, ’94 against Morgan State in 1993. His five touchdowns also set a Johnny Unitas® Stadium record.

The ninth-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, West is averaging 121.3 yards per game this season. With nine touchdowns in three games, he is tied for the FCS national scoring lead with Zack Zenner of South Dakota State.

In the win over Delaware State, West gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he scored on a one-yard run. Early in the second quarter, he scored on a three-yard run, the 50th touchdown of his career. Midway through the second quarter, West’s one-yard touchdown run upped the Tigers’ lead to 21-0. With 3:15 remaining in the first half, his two-yard touchdown run gave Towson a 28-0 advantage.

With 12:30 remaining in the third quarter, West’s 17-yard touchdown run increased the Towson lead to 49-0 and enabled him to tie the Towson single game record.

In 24 games, West is the third-leading rusher in school history with 2,699 yards. He has now scored 53 career touchdowns, a school record.

Joseph earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award after he returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown. It marked the third time in his career he had a kickoff return for a touchdown, breaking the school record he shared with Maurice Sydnor, ’95 and David Meggett, ’98. Joseph had a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against New Hampshire in 2011 and scored on a 95-yard kickoff return against St. Francis (Pa.) last season.

Joseph also caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ win over Delaware State. In his career, Joseph has now returned 55 kickoffs for 1,562 yards for a 28.4 average.

The unbeaten Tigers return to action on Saturday when they visit North Carolina Central at 2:00 p.m..

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Towson’s Joseph named CAA Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted on 24 September 2012 by WNST Staff

DERRICK JOSEPH NAMED AS CAA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF WEEK
Tiger Sophomore Leads CAA In Kickoff Return Average

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./LaPlata, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Week, it has been announced by CAA officials.

Joseph, the CAA leader in kickoff returns, was also named as the National Kickoff Returner of the Week by College Sports Performance. This marks the second time in his career he has been named as the CAA Specialist of the Week.

In the Tigers’ 46-17 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday night, Joseph had two kickoff returns for 148 yards and a touchdown.
After the Tigers fell behind, 7-0, Joseph took the ensuing kickoff at the Towson one-yard line and ran down the near sideline for a touchdown to tie the game.

It was the second-longest kickoff return in school history, topped only by David Meggett’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 45-34 win over Northeastern in the 1988 season.

In the second quarter, Joseph had a 49-yard kickoff return to set up a 39-yard touchdown drive that resulted in a three-yard TD run by sophomore Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.).

A second team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection last year, Joseph is averaging 34.7 yards per kickoff return this season, tops in the CAA. He also ranks fifth in NCAA FCS in kickoff return average.

In his brief career, he has returned 42 kickoffs for 1,221 yards and a 29.1 average.

When he returned a kickoff for a touchdown against St. Francis, he became the second player in school history to return a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns in his career. Joseph, who had a 93-yard kickoff return for a TD in 2011, tied the record for career kickoff returns for touchdown, a mark set by Meggett and matched by Maurice Sydnor.

Joseph’s kickoff return marked the seventh time in school history that a Tiger had a kickoff return for a TD.

In 1985, Mike Barth became the first Towson player with a kickoff return for a touchdown when he had a 96-yard return for a touchdown in a win over American International.

In 1988, Meggett had a 100-yard return against Northeastern and an 84-yard return at Howard, helping the Tigers to a pair of wins.
Sydnor had a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns in his career. In 1993, he had an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Charleston Southern. Two years later, he accomplished the feat again as his 89-yard kickoff return for a TD helped the Tigers trim Butler, 34-3.

Towson is 7-0 when someone returns a kickoff for a touchdown.

The Tigers, now 2-1, return to action on Saturday night, Sept. 29 when they visit No. 2 Louisiana State.
– TowsonTigers.com –

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