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Athens leads first practice after being named Towson starting QB

Posted on 23 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Only six days before the Tigers’ season opener at the University of Connecticut, fifth-year senior quarterback Peter Athens took control of the team’s offense at their Friday afternoon workout.

Athens, who started six games as a first-year freshman in 2009, was named as the team’s starting quarterback by Coach Rob Ambrose on Thursday afternoon. He had been engaged in a competition with sophomore Connor Frazier since the start of the pre-season.

“Pete earned the starting job because of his experience,” said Coach Ambrose. “We liked the way he took leadership of the offense and got the players to follow. He is an extremely good passer and we are confident he will do a great job.”

Athens calls the opportunity “a blessing.”

He added, “I am so grateful for this opportunity. Connor and I had a great competition for the last two weeks and we really pushed each other. We are great friends and he’s a good quarterback. He will get his chance.”

The Tigers will return to the practice field on Saturday night for a 7:15 practice under the lights at Unitas Stadium.

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Towson QB’s solid in final preseason scrimmage

Posted on 21 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS CONDUCT FINAL PRE-SEASON SCRIMMAGE

Athens, Frazier Continue To Compete For Starting Quarterback Job

TOWSON, Md. – With eight days remaining before the season opener at the University of Connecticut, the Tigers held their final scrimmage of the pre-season on Wednesday afternoon.

Coach Rob Ambrose guided his team through a 74-play scrimmage that featured some solid performances by the offense and some solid efforts by the defense. In addition, the team spent a lot of team on special teams play as well as situational offensive formations.

“This was a really good situational scrimmage for us,” said Coach Ambrose. “We did a lot of special teams work and ran our two-minute offense as well as red zone plays.

“I thought our first team offense and our first team defense looked sharp,” he added. “We aren’t ready to win a game yet but we will be ready by next Thursday.”

Senior Peter Athens and sophomore Connor Frazier turned in strong showings in their competition for the starting quarterback job.

On the first possession of the game, Athens drove the Tigers 75 yards in five plays for a very quick touchdown. On the drive, he completed all three pass attempts for 48 yards. He also capped off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to junior Spencer Wilkins.

With Frazier at the controls, the Tiger offense scored on the third possession of the game. Frazier directed a 74-yard, nine-play march in which he completed all four pass attempts for 49 yards. Senior Sterlin Phifer capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

Senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard provided the biggest play of the drive when he made an acrobatic catch for a 35-yard gain to the defense’s 22-yard line.

Athens finished the scrimmage by completing six of nine passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Frazier was also impressive a s he completed 12 passes in 16 attempts for 128 yards.

The Tigers will have a day off on Thursday before they start final preparations for the season opener next Thursday night.

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Towson shows improvement during second preseason scrimmage

Posted on 17 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS SHOW IMPROVEMENT DURING 2ND PRE-SEASON SCRIMMAGE
Derrick Joseph Has Productive Performance

TOWSON, Md. –
 With just 12 days remaining before the season opener at the University of Connecticut, the Towson University football team held its second scrimmage of the pre-season as they ran about 120 plays and went for more than two hours at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

At the end of the scrimmage, it was obvious that junior Derrick Joseph had improved his status on the team.

Joseph, a reserve wide receiver and an explosive kick return specialist during the last two years, took the opening kickoff of the scrimmage and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown. Then, he excelled at wide receiver, a spot where he is competing for playing time.

On the third possession of the scrimmage, he scored the first offensive touchdown of the game when he caught a 10-yard swing pass from Connor Frazier and avoided two tacklers on his way to the end zone. Later in the scrimmage, Joseph capped off a 55-yard, four-play touchdown drive by catching a 43-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Peter Athens.

He finished the scrimmage with four receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

“Derrick is having one of the best pre-seasons of anyone I’ve had in my four years as the head coach,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “We are excited about the impact he can have with our team. He deserves a lot of credit because he has committed himself to being a complete football player.”

However, Coach Ambrose has still not decided who will be the Tigers’ starting quarterback when they open the season. Frazier and Athens appear to be the top two contenders for the spot.

“I’ve said all along that our starting quarterback will be the one who consistently outperforms the others,” he said. “We are looking for someone who does well in all phases of the game, efficiency, passing, running and directing the offense. Both Connor and Pete made some really nice plays today and they are getting better.”

Athens completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and threw a pair of TD passes. In addition to his 43-yard TD pass to Joseph, he threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to junior Brian Dowling, a transfer from the University of Massachusetts. Frazier, who ran the ball well, completed five of six passes for 36 yards and a touchdown.

Coach Ambrose was especially pleased with the way the defense is playing. He said, “With the guys we have up front, we are a stout unit and we can do a good job stopping the other team’s running game. Arnold Farmer and Jon Desir do a great job closing off the gaps.”

With 12 days before the season opener, Ambrose admits “We aren’t there yet but we are getting better. The improvements are incremental but we are going in the right direction.”

After taking Sunday off, the Tigers will return to their two-a-day practice schedule on Monday.

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Towson football set to open preseason camp this week

Posted on 30 July 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS OPEN PRE-SEASON PRACTICE SESSIONS THIS WEEK 
Tigers Open Preparations For 2013 Season

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championship seasons, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team open pre-season preparations this week when 93 players report to the pre-season camp. The Tigers report to camp on Thursday, August 1 and start practice on Friday, August 2.

The Tigers will hold 27 practice sessions between now and their season opener on Thursday, August 29 at the University of Connecticut.

Highlighting the Tigers’ pre-season practice schedule are Fan Day on August 10 and Media Day on August 21. The Tigers will have five days in which they practice twice.

The Tigers, who have posted a 16-7 record over the last two seasons, have eight starters returning on offense and seven starters on defense. A consensus NCAA FCS Top 25 pre-season selection, Towson was picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association in a pre-season poll of coaches and media.

Seven Tigers were named to the CAA’s Pre-Season All-Conference team, including running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), tackles Eric Pike (Duval H.S./Landover, Md.) and Randall Harris (Duval H.S./Lanham, Md.), fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) and cornerbacks Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.).

While the Tigers return all five starting offensive linemen and the top running back, the quarterback competition will be one of the main features of pre-season camp. Senior Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.), sophomore Connor Frazier (Damascus H.S./Gaithersburg, Md.) and junior Joe Brennan (Camden Catholic H.S./Audubon, N.J.) are the top candidates for the job.

Named as the CAA Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, West has run for 2,340 yards in two seasons while scoring 43 rushing touchdowns in 21 games.

Along with Gaddis, sophomore Bryton Barr (Mechanicsburg H.S./Camp Hill, Pa.) and senior Telvion Clark(Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) return to lead the Tigers’ linebacking corps. Last season, Gaddis and Barr tied for second on the team with 74 tackles while Clark made 49 tackles.

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