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Towson has four named to preseason All-CAA team, picked 5th in CAA

Posted on 23 July 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - Junior fullback Emmanuel Holder, senior defensive end Ryan Delaire, junior safety Christian Carpenter and senior cornerback Tye Smith all earned preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors, and the Tigers as a team were picked to finish fifth in the league coaches’ poll, conference officials announced today.

Villanova’s John Robertson and William & Mary’s Mike Reilly were chosen as the CAA preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. New Hampshire was chosen to win the conference title in 2014, receiving 15 first-place votes.

Holder was named first team All-CAA in 2013 and earned second team All-America honors from The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network. He started 13 of 16 games and had 16 receptions for 172 yards with three touchdowns. Holder caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Towson’s victory over New Hampshire and had a five-yard TD catch against Delaware. Holder also had a one-yard touchdown reception to help lead the Tigers to a win at Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Delaire was named as a third team All-American by College Sports Madness and by Beyond Sports Network in 2013. He earned a spot on the All-CAA first team after leading the league in total tackles for a loss, total sacks and in fumbles recovered. Delaire started all 15 games that he played in and made 68 tackles, including 43 solo – fifth-most on the team. He also had 17.5 tackles for a loss (86 yards) to lead the team. He had four tackles and two sacks at North Carolina Central and made eight tackles with two sacks at William & Mary. Delaire made two tackles and had one QB hurry against North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship game.

Carpenter was named first team All-CAA as a free safety last year after tying for sixth in the CAA in interceptions and 10th in fumbles recovered. He had an interception and a 34-yard return for a touchdown at Richmond and made a career-high 13 tackles against Villanova. Carpenter made six tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over James Madison. He made nine tackles and recorded an interception in the win at Eastern Washington. Carpenter’s interception clinched the win over the Eagles with three seconds left.

Smith, who was named to the Beyond Sports Network Preseason FCS All-America team, is coming off a sensational junior campaign. The cornerback was named second team CAA after ranking eighth in the league in passes defended (14) and third on the team with 103 tackles. Smith started 15 of 16 games and recorded 4.5 tackles for a loss. He had one sack, two interceptions, recorded 12 pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered one.

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Four Towson football players receive preseason All-America recognition

Posted on 02 July 2014 by WNST Staff

LEESBURG, Va. – Beyond Sports Network released its Preseason FCS All-America team this week and several Tigers were honored. Fullback Emmanuel Holder and defensive end Ryan Delaire were named to the first team, while cornerback Tye Smith and safety Christian Carpenter were honored with spots on the third team.

The 2014 Preseason All-America Football Team was chosen based on returning All Americans from the 2013 BSN All-America Football Team, highest vote recipients in the 2013 BSN All American voting, statistics and game evaluations.

Holder was named first team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2013 and earned second team All-America honors from The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network. He started 13 of 16 games and had 16 receptions for 172 yards with three touchdowns. Holder caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Towson’s victory over New Hampshire and had a five-yard TD catch against Delaware. Holder also had a one-yard touchdown reception to help lead the Tigers to a win at Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Delaire was named as a third team All-American by College Sports Madness and by Beyond Sports Network in 2013. He earned a spot on the All-CAA first team after leading the league in total tackles for a loss, total sacks and in fumbles recovered. Delaire started all 15 games that he played and made 68 tackles, including 43 solo – fifth-most on the team. He also had 17.5 tackles for a loss (86 yards) to lead the team. He had four tackles and two sacks at North Carolina Central and made eight tackles with two sacks at William & Mary. Delaire made two tackles and had one QB hurry against North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship game.

Smith was named second team All-CAA during his junior campaign. He ranked eighth in the league in passes defended (14) and third on the team with 103 tackles. Smith started 15 of 16 games and recorded 4.5 tackles for a loss. He had one sack, two interceptions, recorded 12 pass breakups and forced two fumbles and recovered one.

Carpenter was named first team All-CAA as a free safety last year after tying for sixth in the CAA in interceptions and 10th in fumbles recovered. He had an interception and a 34-yard return for a touchdown at Richmond and made a career-high 13 tackles against Villanova. Carpenter made six tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over James Madison. He made nine tackles and recorded an interception in the win at Eastern Washington. Carpenter’s interception clinched the win over the Eagles with three seconds left.

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Six Towson football players honored by ECAC

Posted on 26 December 2013 by WNST Staff

SIX TIGERS DOMINATE ECAC FCS ALL-STAR TEAM    

West Honored As ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year

CENTERVILLE, Mass. –  Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of NCAA FCS finalist Towson University leads a contingent of six Tigers who were named to the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Football Championship Sub-Division (FCS) All-Star team.

West, who leads all of college football with an FCS record 2,410 rushing yards and an FCS record 41 touchdowns, was honored as the ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year. A consensus first team All-American, West broke the FCS rushing single season rushing record held by Jamaal Branch of Colgate when the Tigers beat Eastern Washington last week.

West was named as the recipient of the first Division I FCS Athletics Directors Association Running Back of the Year Award and was the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Year.

The teams are comprised of student-athletes from a possible 88 institutions from 17 different conferences, and the balloting was completed by head coaches within the ECAC Division I FCS membership.

Senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), senior tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) were also named to the All-ECAC FCS team.

While Towson led all FCS schools with six selections, Fordham had four players honored. Brown and Princeton each had three all-stars.

Another consensus first team All-American selection at tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who has set a school record by appearing in 49 career games. A starter in all 49 games of his college career, Pike has been a valuable leader on the Tigers’ offensive line. He has been named as an All-CAA first team selection twice. Harris, a three-year starter at right tackle, has also been named as an All-CAA first team honoree the last two seasons.

Clark, a starter at outside linebacker the last two seasons, has led the Tigers in tackles all season. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark has 139 tackles in 15 games and ranks fourth in the CAA with 9.3 tackles per game. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and ranks second in the CAA with three fumble recoveries. Clark was named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond in October.

A two-year starter at cornerback, Love has made 62 tackles, seventh on the team. He is second on the team by breaking up 10 passes and has made two tackles for lost yardage.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire leads the Tigers with 11.5 sacks, a mark that places him 10th in the nation. He has made 64 tackles and leads the CAA with four fumble recoveries. He also made 17.5 tackles for lost yardage, the top mark in the CAA.

West, Pike, Harris, Clark, Love and Delaire were also named to the All-CAA first team.

The Tigers’ six All-ECAC FCS selections have led Towson to a 13-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game on Jan. 4. The Tigers will face defending NCAA FCS champion North Dakota State in the finals.

About the ECAC

The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Divisions I, II,  and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports.

The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized annually.

2013 ECAC FCS All-Star Team

Offense

Quarterback – Michael Nebrich, Jr., Fordham University

Running Back – John Spooney, Sr., Brown University

Running Back – Terrance West, Jr., Towson University

Wide Receiver – Sam Ajala, Jr., Fordham University

Wide Receiver – Lee Kurfis, Sr., Lehigh University

Tight End – Dan Light, Jr., Harvard University

Offensive Line – Nick Easton, Jr., Harvard University

Offensive Line – Spenser Huston, Jr., Princeton University

Offensive Line – Joe Gross, Jr., Princeton University

Offensive Line – Jeff Gakos, Sr., University of Maine

Offensive Line – Randall Harris, Sr., Towson University

Offensive Line – Eric Pike, Sr., Towson University

Defense

Defensive Line – Zach Hodges, Jr., Harvard University

Defensive Line – Caraun Reid, Sr., Princeton University

Defensive Line – Rakim Cox, Sr., Villanova University

Defensive Line – Ryan Delaire, Jr., Towson University

Defensive Line – Mike Reilly, Jr., College of William & Mary

Defensive Line – Jeff Covitz, Jr., Bryant University

Linebacker – Telvion Clark, Sr., Towson University

Linebacker – Stephon Robertson, Sr., James Madison University

Linebacker – Stephen Hodge, Jr., Fordham University

Defensive Back – Emory Polley, Sr., Brown University

Defensive Back – Kendall James, Sr., University of Maine

Defensive Back – Jordan Love, Sr., Towson University

Defensive Back – Jerome Couplin III, Sr., College of William & Mary

Defensive Back – Mike Armiento, Jr., Colgate University

Defensive Back – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College

Special Teams

Place Kicker – Alexander Norocea, Sr., Brown University

Punter – Lawrence Forbes, Fr., Morgan State University

Return Specialist – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College

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