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Towson/UNC Wilmington game postponed until 2/10

Posted on 28 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON-UNC WILMINGTON GAME RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 10

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wednesday’s regularly scheduled Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) men’s basketball game between host UNC Wilmington and Towson at Trask Coliseum has been postponed to Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.

The Seahawks and Tigers were scheduled to clash in a rematch, but the game was moved due to expected severe winter weather in Wilmington. Towson defeated UNCW, 60-53, on January 11 at SECU Arena.

The Tigers will next play on Saturday, Feb. 1 when they host Drexel at 4:30 p.m. The game can be seen nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

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Towson returns home Monday to face Hofstra

Posted on 26 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RETURN HOME MONDAY TO FACE HOFSTRA
Towson football team to be honored at halftime

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team is set to host Hofstra in a battle between teams tied for second-place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Monday night at SECU Arena.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken and John Feinstein on the call.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (12-8, 3-2 CAA) has dropped back-to-back games after winning a season-high five straight games from December 30 to January 19. The Tigers are coming off an 83-76 loss at first-place Delaware on Saturday.

Towson will look to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season as the Tigers return to SECU Arena, where they are 9-1.

Despite their recent struggles, the Tigers still own their best record after 20 games since 1995-96.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his 13th double-double of the year against the Blue Hens with 29 points and 16 rebounds. The forward, who has 10 games with 20 or more points this season, is averaging 22 points and 13.5 rebounds in his last eight contests.

Senior Marcus Damas could make history on Monday as the forward is just 13 points shy of becoming just the 23rd player in a Towson uniform to score 1,000 points in his career. Damas has scored in double figures in three of his last four games, including a pair of 20-point performances against Drexel and Northeastern.

Hofstra (7-13, 3-2 CAA) has won three of its last five games, but is coming off a 70-57 loss against Northeastern on Saturday. The Pride are led by Zeke Upshaw, who is tied for second in the CAA in scoring at 18.8 points per game.

Monday will be the 58th all-time meeting between the rivals. Hofstra, which is Towson’s fourth most commonly played opponent all-time, owns a 36-21 edge over the Tigers in the series. However, Towson has won the last two meetings, including a 67-64 victory last March in the final men’s basketball game ever played in the Towson Center.

Monday will also be a special night inside SECU Arena as the NCAA FCS runner-up Towson football team will be honored for their record-setting season at halftime.

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Four Towson lacrosse players named preseason All-CAA

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND – Towson Lacrosse seniors Thomas DeNapoliAndrew Hodgson and John Fennessy and junior JoJo Ostrander all earned preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors, the league announced.

The defending CAA champion Towson Tigers were picked to finish second in 2014 in a preseason poll by the leagues’ head coaches.

DeNapoli, a first team All-CAA selection a year ago, ranked fifth in the league in scoring with 2.28 goals per game and fourth with 3.33 points per outing. A USILA Honorable Mention All-America selection, he scored 41 goals and had 19 assists for a team-best 60 points.

Hodgson finished second on the team in scoring with 27 goals and 14 assists. He picked up a team-best 41 ground balls while serving as a wing on face-offs.

Fennessy and Ostrander together tallied 44 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers, with Ostrander grabbing 28 ground balls on the season. The pair anchors the Tiger defense, and they are counted on to mark opponents’ best offensive players.

Towson opens its season on Feb. 8, hosting High Point at 11 a.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

2014 Preseason All-CAA Men’s Lacrosse Team

Name, School Pos. Class Hometown/High School
Thomas DeNapoli, Towson* A Sr. East Rockaway, N.Y./Lynbrook
Sam Llinares, Hofstra A So. Hauppauge, N.Y./ Hauppauge
TJ Sanders, Penn State# A So. Orillia, Ont., Canada/The Middle Brook School (NY)
Andrew Hodgson, Towson# M Sr. West Islip, N.Y./West Islip
Tom LaCrosse, Penn State* M Sr. Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy
Ben McIntosh, Drexel* M Sr. Coquitlam, B.C., Canada/Western Reserve
Steven Bogert, Penn State* LSM Sr. Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon
Joe Cavello, Massachusetts# FO Spec. Sr. Woodridge, Ill./Naperville North
Nick Saputo, Drexel FO Spec. Jr. Huntington, N.Y./Huntington
James Connelly, Delaware# D Sr. Royersford, Pa./Malvern Prep
John Fennessy, Towson* D Sr. Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown
JoJo Ostrander, Towson# D Jr. Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale
Tyler Travis, Penn State* D Jr. Geneva, N.Y./Geneva
Austin Kaut, Penn State* GK Sr. Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Austin Kaut, Sr., Penn State

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Towson tries to improve to 4-0 in CAA play Wednesday against Northeastern

Posted on 21 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON HOSTS NORTHEASTERN ON WEDNESDAY LOOKING TO EXTEND WINNING STREAKS
Tigers have won six straight overall and 14 straight at home

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be looking to win its sixth straight game overall and 14th straight at home when the Tigers host 2012-13 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season champion Northeastern on Wednesday night at SECU Arena.

Audio and video of the game, which is set to tip at 7 p.m., will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) withSpiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (12-6, 3-0 CAA) is riding its longest winning streak since also winning five straight in 2000. The Tigers have not won six consecutive games since 1994 when they won seven in a row late in the season.

Towson is a perfect 9-0 inside SECU Arena this year and its 13-game home court winning streak is tied for the 12th-longest in the nation currently. The Tigers’ home court streak is their longest since winning 22 in a row from 1992-95.

The Tigers are coming off a pair of impressive CAA road wins last week, topping Drexel (80-68) and league newcomer College of Charleston (72-57). Senior forward Jerrelle Benimon averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the two wins to garner his second CAA Player of the Week honor.

Towson has really stepped up its efforts on the defensive side of the court since the start of conference play, holding league foes to just 59.3 points per game.

Northeastern (5-14, 2-3 CAA) enters Wednesday’s game having lost six of its last eight games. However, the Huskies have seen 12 of their 14 losses come by single digits and they defeated Georgetown (63-56) earlier this season.

Junior Scott Eatherton, who leads the nation in double-doubles, paces Northeastern in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg).

The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Tigers, 15-11, and have won five straight. Towson has not defeated Northeastern at home since 2008.

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Towson F Benimon named CAA Player of the Week

Posted on 20 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in Towson’s 2-0 week

RICHMOND Va. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday.

Benimon averaged 24.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in leading Towson to CAA road victories at Drexel (80-68) and College of Charleston (72-57) last week. He contributed team-highs of 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists at DU and followed with 21 points and 11 boards at CofC.

Benimon, who shot 55 percent from the floor for the week, has recorded double-doubles in nine straight contests and has topped the 20-point mark in six consecutive games.

Towson (12-6, 3-0 CAA) returns to SECU Arena on Wednesday to face Northeastern at 7 p.m. The Tigers have won 13 straight home games, the 12th longest current home court winning streak in the country.

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Tigers Ready to Roar Into CAA Play

Posted on 10 January 2014 by Robert Canady

A year after exceeding expectations, Towson University men’s basketball team will now have to live up to expectations.

The Tigers were voted No. 1 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)  preseason-poll by members of the media and sports information directors.  After 15 non conference games (9-6) the Tigers will finally get a chance to prove that ranking was justified as the CAA conference portion of the season begins Saturday when Towson hosts North Carolina-Wilmington  (UNCW 6-11) at SECU arena.

“We were picked first, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. We want to finish first,” said Head Coach Pat Skerry when asked to assess the Tigers chances as they head into conference play.  ‘If we do what we’re capable of, we’ll be right where we want to be, added Skerry.

Benimon once again is among the national leaders in double/doubles with nine.

Towson’s nine non-conference wins are the most by  Towson as a Division I team, and the most the Tigers have won on any level since they won 13 as a Division II school in the 1977-78 season.   The 9 wins have come against afairly strong nonconference road slate.  Towson played at Villanova, Kansas, Oregon State, North Dakota State and Stephen F. Austin, which currently has a 26 game home winning streak.  The six road losses came to teams that were a combined 30-2 at home at one point.

Skerry acknowledged the tough road tests and how his players felt about the record at this point,  “I scheduled a challenging schedule, and we have guys who want to win at a high level and can win at a high level, so I think they wanted to be a little better than 9-6.  So that shows they have embraced the expectations.”

While Towson had its road struggles (1-6), the new SECU arena quickly became a home court advantage.  The Tigers opened up with three early wins at the new facility, including a thrilling win over Temple before a near sell-out crowd.  Towson finished the non CAA portion of the season with an 8-0 record at home.  Dating back to last year, the Tigers have won 12 straight home games, which is the 18th best streak in the nation.

Leading the Tigers as expected in its nine wins has been Senior Jerrelle Benimon.  Voted the Pre-Season Player of the Year in the CAA  Benimon has picked up where he left off last year.  He’s averaging a double/double with 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.  And, actually he’s on a bit of a tear the past five games putting up 20.2 points and 13. 6 rebounds during that stretch.  Benimon has scored in double figures every game except for the season opener against Navy, and is tied for 3rd in the country with nine double-doubles and is one of only five players in the nation as of January 6th with a triple double this year.  He accomplished the feat against Central Penn College in December with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

While Benimon gets the most attention from opposing teams, and the NBA scouts that have been attendance at several games this year, the Tigers have actually had a very balanced scoring attack.  Three starters are averaging double figures, with a fourth Mike Burwell practically there with 9.2 points per game.  In addition Rafriel Guthrie is contributing 10.9 points a game coming off the bench.

 

Mike Burwell has had career high in points, rebounds and assists this year.

Scoring has not been a problem for Towson this year.  Unlike last year where they pretty much counted on Benimon to lead the way in scoring most nights. with then Junior Marcus Damas contributing 11 points a game, this year’s squad is getting help from many directions.   Currently the Tigers are second among CAA teams in FG% at .458 and second in points per game at 73.7.

Early last year the Tigers struggled to find a deep and balanced scoring attack. This year they have been aided greatly by the eligibility of Vermont transfer Four McGlynn.  McGlynn, a sophomore is  averaging 13.3 points over the last nine games.  He moved into the starting lineup in the 6th game of the year following the suspension and subsequent dismissal of point guard Jerome Hairston.   McGlynn is hitting over .43% of his three-point attempt, and has connected on at least two per game in eight of the Tigers last nine contests.  One of McGlynn’s biggest assets is taking care of the ball, he has just two turnovers in the last five games.

While McGlynn has given the Tigers the outside threat they need to keep teams from concentrating solely on Bennimon, the play of Senior Mike Burwell, has been vital in the Tigers maintaining a strong team chemistry during the transition of playing without Hairston.  Burwell played almost exclusively at the two-guard spot last year.   With McGlynn moving into the lineup at the two, point-guard duties were shifted to Burwell.

McGlynn has delivered as promised from three-point range.

After some early adjustment, Burwell has flourished in the role.  “It has taken time to learn where everyone likes to get the ball.  But I am getting more comfortable.  I love having the ball in my hands,” Burwell said about the shift of positions.  It has shown in both his and the teams numbers.  Burwell has 15 assists with just four turnovers in the teams last 3 games.  Burwell distributed a career high nine assists in the win over New Hampshire last week.

Taking on the role of point guard hasn’t hurt Burwell’s offensive and defensive roles, quite the opposite.  Over the past four games he is averaging 13.7 points while shooting .500 from the field and collected a career high nine rebounds against Coppin State.  Burwell is simply playing the best basketball of his Towson career just as the Tigers head into the conference season.

One of the most important things that Burwell has to do, is not turning the ball over and make sure the Tigers get opportunities to score.  Turnovers have been a constant thorn in the teams losses.  The Tigers are averaging 15.6 turnovers in its losses versus only 12.8 in its wins.  Burwell is leading the team in assist to turnover ratio, averaging 1.18 assist to every turnover.

As the veteran on this team, in his third  year as a Tiger, Damas has improved each season in his all around play.  This year he is the teams second biggest three-point threat behind McGlynn,  hitting on .400 of his attempts from beyond the arc, compared to just .300 last year.   In addition Damas often draws the assignment of guarding the best perimeter player on the opposing team.  This year he has done that while decreasing his fouls per game by almost half a foul per game.

Just as he did last year, senior guard Guthrie provides an instant spark coming off the bench.  Guthrie provides constant defensive pressure on the opponents, and he along with Benimon have benefited the most from the increased enforcement of hand checking by the defense. In just 23 minutes per game, Guthrie is averaging over five trips to the charity-stripe.  One area he could really help the team is by improving on his .600 shooting from there.

Guthrie provides instant offense off the bench.

Timajh Parker-Rivera has stepped into the starting lineup replacing graduated Bilal Dixon and done very nicely.  His size and strength inside will be more of a factor in the CAA conference than it was against some of the bigger lineups the Tigers saw out of conference.  Getting over 22 minutes per game while sharing duties with freshman Walter Davis, Parker-Rivera puts up 4.8 points (but has scored 10 or more in three of the last five games) while grabbing almost five rebounds per game.  He is a very high percentage shooter inside, hitting on 48% of his FG attempts.

Foster along with fellow freshman John Davis have provided the Tigers with what looks to be two very impressive front court players in the years to come.  Foster makes the most of his time, in just his 14 minutes per game, he is averaging 4.3 rebounds and his 15 blocked shots is only one behind Parker-Rivera for second on the team.

Davis played some strong minutes early in the season, highlighted by nine point eight rebound performance in just 18 minutes of action in his home town of Philadelphia in the Tigers loss to Villanova.  Davis came down with Mononucleosis after the North Dakota State game, and will be sidelined until at least February 1st.   Getting him back for the last month of the season would be very important to the Tigers, who are already down one anticipated starter with the departure of Hairston.

While the 9-6 record may not be getting the national headlines that the Tigers received last year when they had the largest single season turnaround in NCAA history, it should not be forgotten that it is much better than the 5-8 record the Tigers had last year prior to CAA play.   This is the blessings and curse of high expectations, but as Skerry said the team has embraced them, and has even higher expectations of themselves, which include a conference championship and a run at the NCAA tournament in March.

Saturday will be the first of 16 contests, that lead up to the CAA Tournament to be held in Baltimore in March.  After having to sit out last year’s tournament with APR problems from 3 years ago, the Tigers will be very anxious to see how they match up against those expectations.

 

 

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Towson opens CAA play Saturday vs. UNC Wilmington

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS OPEN CAA PLAY ON SATURDAY AGAINST UNC WILMINGTON
Towson seeking 13th straight win at home

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will play its first ever Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game inside SECU Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m. as the Tigers welcome UNC Wilmington.

Audio and video of the game will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson finished non-conference play with a 9-6 record. The nine non-conference wins are the most in school history since the program moved to Division I before the 1979-80 season.

The Tigers are coming off an 81-79 victory at Coppin State last Saturday. Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his sixth straight double-double with a team-high 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Towson will look to continue its home dominance Saturday against UNC Wilmington. The Tigers have won 12 straight home games, the 18th longest current home court winning streak in the country. Towson is 8-0 at home this season, winning by an average of 19.8 points per game.

UNC Wilmington (6-11, 0-2 CAA) has dropped six straight games after starting the year 6-5. The Seahawks are coming off a 79-68 overtime loss at Northeastern on Wednesday. Cedrick Williams paces UNCW in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg).

Towson has won three straight games in the series, but the Seahawks hold the all-time edge, 16-12. The Tigers have never lost to UNCW under head coach Pat Skerry (3-0).

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Towson RB West decides to enter NFL Draft

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Towson RB West decides to enter NFL Draft

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

After a record-setting season in which he was the runner-up for the FCS player of the year, Towson running back Terrance West will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

According to CBS Sports, the junior received a draft grade of the third round and scouts have suggested he could go even higher after helping the Tigers make it to their first FCS championship game. He rushed for an incredible 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns in 16 games this season.

“Terrance and his family decided to sign [with] an agent and declare for the draft last night,” Towson coach Rob Ambrose wrote on his official Twitter account Tuesday morning. “We wish him all the best. He did promise me, however, that he would finish his degree.”

In Towson’s 35-7 defeat to North Dakota State on Saturday, the 22-year-old West rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

West reportedly hired agent Marc Lillibridge to represent him through the draft process.

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Towson RB West named CAA Offensive Player of the Year

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff

14 TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-CAA FOOTBALL TEAMS

Terrance West Named As Offensive Player of the Year; Darius Victor Honored As CAA Rookie of Year

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year and is one of 14 Tigers named to the All-CAA teams that were announced by CAA officials on Tuesday.

In addition, freshman running back Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) was named as the CAA’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Tigers, who are seeded seventh in the NCAA FCS playoffs and earned a first round bye, led all CAA schools with 14 selections on the three All-CAA teams. Towson placed eight players on the All-CAA first team, including three players who were repeat selections.

West was named to the All-CAA first team for the third consecutive year. Senior tackles Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) were named first team All-CAA for the second year in a row. Pike was also an All-CAA third team honoree as a sophomore.

The Tigers, who led all CAA schools with eight first-team selections, placed two players on the All-CAA second team and had four players named third team.

William & Mary was second among CAA schools with 11 overall selections, including six first team picks. CAA champion Maine, Richmond and Villanova each had 10 honorees. Maine also had six players named first team All-CAA.

Delaware had nine players honored while New Hampshire placed eight on the All-CAA teams. James Madison had seven players honored and Rhode Island had six.

“Our guys play extremely hard for each other and it is massively gratifying to see their consistent play garner so much respect,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “To have this many young men celebrated for their achievements certainly signify the strength of our efforts and the strength of our program moving forward.”

Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), junior defensive end Ryan Delaire(Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), sophomore safety Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Glen Allen, Va.) rounded out the Tigers’ contingent of first team selections.

Love was a second team All-CAA selection last season.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) was named second team All-CAA for the second year in a row while junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S. /Raleigh, N.C.) also earned second team honors. Smith was a third team honoree last season.

Senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) junior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.), senior center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and junior kick returner Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) were named to the third team.

Kinnard and Wilkins are first-time honorees while Shaw was a second team selection last year. Joseph earned third team All-CAA honors for the second time. He was a second team All-CAA selection as a freshman.

One of the leading candidates for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the top player in FCS football, West leads NCAA FCS with 1,865 rushing yards in 12 games, an average of 155.4 yards per game. While averaging 6.2 yards per carry, he has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.  He has also topped the 200-yard mark three times. He is already the leading career rusher in Towson history with 4,205 yards.

A four-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, West leads the nation (all divisions) with 31 touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns – just 14 shy of the NCAA FCS record held by former NFL All-Pro Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

The second Tiger to be named as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, Victor ran for 410 yards in 10 games as West’s backup. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. He was named as the CAA Rookie of the Week in September.

Pike and Harris are the All-CAA first team tackles for the second year in a row. A two-year co-captain, Pike set a school record on Saturday when he became the first Towson football player to appear in 46 games. A four-year starter, he has started every game of his college career. Harris is a two-year starter at right tackle. Led by Pike and Harris, the Tiger offense set school records with 446 points scored and 5,519 yards of total offense.

A two-year starter at fullback, Holder caught 11 passes for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2013. He also provides the Tigers with a strong blocker in the backfield.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire started 11 of 12 games this season. He ranked sixth on the team with 51 tackles while leading the Tigers with 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. Delaire is second in the CAA in tackles for lost yardage and ranks third in the CAA in sacks.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark leads the Tigers with 107 tackles, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Honored as the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond, Clark is fifth in the CAA in tackles. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and is tied for the CAA lead with three fumble recoveries.

A first-year starter for the Tigers, Carpenter started 10 games at safety and made quite an impact. He made 65 tackles, fourth on the team and broke up four passes. He also intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles. In the Tigers’ win at Richmond, he returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

Despite missing the first two games of the season, Love was seventh on the team with 43 tackles. A transfer from Georgia prior to last season, Love also broke up nine passes, second on the team and fifth in the CAA.

A repeat selection on the All-CAA second team, Gaddis was one of the Tiger captains this season. He was second on the team and 19th in the CAA with 86 tackles. He had two interceptions and five tackles for lost yardage.

The CAA Defensive Player of the Week last week, Smith made 85 tackles, third on the team. He ranked fourth among CAA defensive backs in tackles and broke up 10 passes, third in the CAA. A member of the All-CAA third team last year, Smith also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.

Kinnard was named as a third team All-CAA selection for the first time. Before suffering a season-ending injury, he caught 43 passes for 664 yards and a touchdown. While averaging 60.4 receiving yards per game, he ranked ninth in the CAA. The versatile Kinnard also lined up at quarterback for the Tigers and returned punts and kickoffs.

Wilkins is also a first-time All-CAA selection. Like Kinnard, his season ended early due to an injury. In nine games, he caught 40 passes for 691 yards and four touchdowns. He led the CAA by averaging 17.3 yards per reception and ranked fifth with 76.8 receiving yards per game.

A second team All-CAA selection as a junior, Shaw earned third team honors this season. A starter in 40 of the last 41 games, he has been a fixture and a leader on the offensive line for four years.

Joseph earned All-CAA notice for the third time in his career. As a junior, he averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return and returned two kickoffs for touchdown. The Tigers’ career leader in kickoff returns, he has now returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, a school record.

The Tigers, who are 10-2, are seeded seventh in the FCS playoffs. After a first-round bye, the Tigers will host the winner of the Fordham-Sacred Heart game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers, who have a 26-9 record over the last three seasons, will be making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in three years. Over the last three years, the Tigers are 19-5 in CAA games. After winning the 2011 CAA championship, the Tigers shared the CAA title last year. They tied for second in the CAA with New Hampshire in 2013.

When Towson earned its first NCAA FCS playoff bid in 2011, Towson became the first NCAA school to earn playoff bids at three different levels. Towson went to the Division III playoffs in 1976. The Tigers competed for the Division II championship in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

2013 CAA Football Major Awards (as voted on by the head coaches)

Coach of the Year:                               Jack Cosgrove, Maine, 21 seasons

Offensive Player of the Year:              Terrance West, Towson, Jr., Running Back

Defensive Player of the Year:             Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr., Linebacker

Special Teams Player of the Year:       Tre McBride, William & Mary, Jr., Kick/Punt Returner

Offensive Rookie of the Year:             Darius Victor, Towson, Fr., Running Back

Defensive Rookie of the Year:            Christophe Mulumba, Maine, R-Fr., Linebacker

 

2013 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB Marcus Wasilewski Maine Senior
RB Omar Osbourne UAlbany Junior
RB Dae’Quan Scott James Madison Senior
RB Terrance West (1) # Towson Junior
FB/HB Emmanuel Holder Towson Sophomore
WR Ben Edwards Richmond Senior
WR R.J. Harris New Hampshire Junior
WR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
TE Justin Perillo Maine Senior
OL Matt Crisafi William & Mary Senior
OL Jeff Gakos Maine Senior
OL Austin Gund Richmond Junior
OL Randall Harris (1) Towson Senior
OL Eric Pike (1) % Towson Senior
PK Sean Decloux Maine Sophomore
KR Mackenzie Elliott Rhode Island Senior
PR Rob Jones Delaware Senior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Rakim Cox Villanova Senior
DL Ryan Delaire Towson Junior
DL Zach Kerr Delaware Senior
DL Mike Reilly William & Mary Junior
DL Jordan Stanton James Madison Senior
LB Telvion Clark Towson Senior
LB Airek Green William & Mary Junior
LB Christophe Mulumba Maine Freshman
LB Luke Rhodes William & Mary Sophomore
LB Stephon Robertson James Madison Senior
CB Kendall James Maine Senior
CB Jordan Love (2) Towson Senior
S Christian Carpenter Towson Sophomore
S Jerome Couplin III William & Mary Senior
P Nick Ferrara Stony Brook Senior
2013 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB John Robertson Villanova Sophomore
RB Andrew Pierce Delaware Senior
RB Nico Steriti New Hampshire Junior
FB/HB Seth Fisher Richmond Sophomore
WR Stephen Barnette Richmond Junior
WR Malcolm Eugene Stony Brook Senior
WR Michael Johnson Delaware Junior
TE Nick Boyle Delaware Junior
OL Ricky Archer New Hampshire Senior
OL Josh Bucci Villanova Senior
OL Joe Hook Maine Senior
OL Bobby Kennedy Delaware Senior
OL Josh Wells James Madison Senior
PK Brandon Jordi Richmond Sophomore
KR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
PR Robbie Jackson Rhode Island Junior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Michael Cole Maine Senior
DL Evan Kelly Richmond Sophomore
DL Antoine Lewis Villanova Senior
DL Josh Moody Rhode Island Senior
DL Tyler Snow James Madison Senior
LB Andrew Bose Rhode Island Junior
LB Pat Callaway Delaware Junior
LB Don Cherry Villanova Sophomore
LB Jawara Dudley Stony Brook Senior
LB Monte Gaddis (2)

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Towson CB Smith picks up weekly CAA honor

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 25, 2013) – CAA Football’s final Player of the Week honorees of the 2013 season were announced on Monday. A link to each school’s release will be added to the player’s name over the course of the day as releases become available.

Offensive Player of the Week: John Robertson, So., QB, Villanova
Robertson receives his fourth weekly honor of the season on the heels of another stellar day during which he led a late Wildcats rally from 34-12 down to defeat rival Delaware. The Walter Payton Award finalist went 11-for-13 for 146 yards and three scores over the final eight minutes to spark the comeback. Robertson would finish 19-of-28 for 252 yards and three touchdowns through the air to go with 165 yards and a score on 31 rushes for his second-career contest with 400 yards of total offense (417).

Defensive Player of the Week: Tye Smith, Jr., CB, Towson
Smith turned in an all-around effort to lead the Towson defense on Saturday against James Madison. The junior totaled eight tackles and an 18-yard return on an interception that led to the Tigers’ go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter. Smith also broke up three passes in the win, including a pair in the end zone to prevent potential touchdowns.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Tre McBride, Jr., KR/PR, William & Mary
McBride concluded his junior campaign with one of the most complete performances in program history. The versatile junior racked up 115 yards on four kickoff returns and another 59 yards on three punt returns, with kick and punt return longs of 34 and 31 yards, respectively. McBride added 108 yards receiving to finish with 282 all-purpose yards, an effort that ranks tenth in the Tribe annals.

Rookie of the Week: Casey DeAndrade, R-Fr., CB, New Hampshire
DeAndrade was a difference-maker on defense as New Hampshire knocked off rival Maine, 24-3, in Saturday’s Battle of the Musket. The redshirt freshman finished with seven tackles, including six solo, and returned his second-career interception 10 yards in the win. DeAndrade also had a pass breakup and now boasts a league-best 17 passes defended on the year, a figure which ranks fourth nationally as well.

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