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Towson return man Joseph named to CFPA Award watch list

Posted on 22 July 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Towson’s Derrick Joseph has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Kickoff Returner Award Watch List, as announced by College Football Performance Awards officials.

The initial watch list includes 40 returning performers, vying for the top kickoff returner award in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

“Congratulations to Derrick Joseph on earning a spot on this year’s watch list,” said CFPA Executive DirectorBrad Smith. “With four career kickoff return touchdowns, Joseph will be one of the nation’s top return specialists to watch in 2014.”

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

CFPA is now entering its seventh season of recognition. The CFPA’s player and team performance index, employed since 2008, ranks success in all three phases of the game — offense, defense, and special teams.

Towson’s Terrance West was a two-time winner of the CFPA’s Running Back of the Year Award. CFPA also recognized Towson with the conference’s top team rushing performance over the past three seasons.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

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Towson shows improvement during second preseason scrimmage

Posted on 17 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Derrick Joseph Has Productive Performance

 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’s Joseph named CAA Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted on 24 September 2012 by WNST Staff

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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West leads way for Towson in Homecoming victory

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West leads way for Towson in Homecoming victory

Posted on 22 September 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore running back Terrance West ran for three scores to set a new Towson touchdown rushing record as the 13th-ranked Tigers handled St. Francis, 46-17, Saturday night in front of a homecoming crowd of 9,828 fans at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

West, who rushed for 62 yards on just eight carries, now owns the school touchdown rushing record with 34 scores in just 14 career games.

West wasn’t the only star of the game though as senior quarterback Grant Enders completed 14-of-18 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Derrick Joseph piled up 148 yards on a pair of kickoff returns, including a 99-yard touchdown return in the first quarter. It marked the second longest kickoff return in Towson history, just one yard behind David Meggett’s 100-yard touchdown return in 1988.

Towson (2-1) fell behind early as St. Francis (2-2) took advantage of an Enders interception which gave the Red Flash the ball in Tiger territory. Senior running back Keion Wade capped off the short St. Francis drive with a two-yard touchdown scamper to give the Red Flash a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.

The Tigers would respond though with 29 consecutive points, sparked by the Joseph return that tied the game. West scored his first touchdown of the game on a two-yard run at the 8:11 mark of the first quarter and he then broke free on a 25-yard scoring run to put the Tigers up 21-7 with 2:15 remaining in the opening period.

The first West score was set up by a St. Francis fumble which was caused by junior Arnold Farmer and recovered by sophomore Tye Smith. The fumble recovery was the first turnover forced by the Towson defense this season.

Towson capped off its impressive scoring run on a Tom Ryan eight-yard touchdown reception from Enders. The Tigers pulled off a trick play after the Ryan score as junior kicker D.J. Soven took the direct snap on the point-after try and ran it in for a two-point conversion that put the home team up 29-7 at the 8:12 mark of the second quarter.

St. Francis’ Dan Conley scored on a six-yard touchdown run to halt the Towson scoring spurt on the ensuing drive for the Red Flash. However, a  49-yard kickoff return from Joseph set up the record-setting touchdown from West. The sophomore scored his fifth touchdown of the season and 34th of his career on a three-yard dash with 5:47 remaining in the opening half to put the Tigers ahead 36-14.

Towson scored the final touchdown of the half, and game, with just 23 second remaining in the second quarter as Enders found senior wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard for a 23-yard strike to send the Tigers into the intermission with a 43-14 lead.

In a low-scoring second half, each team connected on a field goal. The Tigers attempted just two passing plays in the second half.

Towson outgained St. Francis 441-233 in total yards and scored all four times it reached the red zone.

Senior Jordan Dangerfield and freshman Bryton Barr led the Tigers with eight tackles each, while senior Romale Tucker paced the defense with a pair of sack.

The Tigers will travel to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe Louisiana State on Saturday, Sept. 29. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPNU.

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