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Five Towson football players named to Sports Network All-America team

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff


Terrance West, Eric Pike Earn First Team Honors

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) of Towson University were named as All-America first team selections on the FCS All-America team that was selected by The Sports Network on Wednesday.

They were two of five Tigers named to The Sports Network’s three All-America teams. Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) were named to the second team while senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) earned third team honors.

Towson and Eastern Illinois led all schools with five All-Americans on the 102-member teams.

West, who leads all of college football with 2,295 rushing yards, earned first team All-America honors from TSN for the second time in his career. He was also named as first team All-American selection in 2011 when he won the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football. The 2013 CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year, West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week four times.

A three-time All-CAA first team selection, West has scored 39 touchdowns this season, tying the FCS record for touchdowns in a season. He leads all of college football in touchdowns scored.

A four-year starter on the offensive line, Pike was a third team All-American last season. A two-year team captain, he has played in 48 career games, setting a school record for most games played. The Tigers’ starter at left tackle, Pike is a two-time All-CAA first team selection.

An outstanding blocker in the backfield, Holder earned All-CAA first team honors. He caught 13 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Another first team All-CAA selection, Love is a two-year starter at cornerback. He has made 59 tackles and ranks second on the team by breaking up 10 passes.

A third team All-American, Clark leads the Tigers with 131 tackles in 14 games. He is second in the CAA in tackles and leads the CAA with five forced fumbles.

All five of the All-American selections will lead Towson into its NCAA FCS semi-final game against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The game will be televised on ESPNU.

The Tigers bring a 12-2 record into the semi-final game.

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Seven Towson football players named to BSN All-America Team

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff


West, Pike Earn First Team All-America Honors

TOWSON, Md. – Seven members of the Towson University football team have been named to the All-America teams selected by Beyond Sports Network, a web site that covers college football.

Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) were named to BSN’s All-America first team.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Green Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) earned spots on the All-America second team.

Junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) was honored as third team All-American while senior tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) was an honorable mention selection.

Named as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Offensive Player of the Year, West has rushed for 1,941 yards and scored 34 touchdowns this season. A three-time All-CAA first team selection, he is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award.

One of the Tiger co-captains, Pike has started in all 47 games of his college career, a school record.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark earned All-CAA first team honors after making 116 tackles in 13 games. Another All-CAA first team selection, Love has made 51 tackles and has broken up nine passes this season. Holder, who was also named All-CAA first team, has caught 12 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Tiger offense with his blocking skills.

Delaire, who was also named first team All-CAA, is sixth on the team with 56 tackles. He led the Tigers with 9.5 sacks.

A two-time All-CAA first team honoree, Harris has been a two-year starter at tackle who has been a key to Towson’s offensive success.

The Tigers, who have reached the quarter-finals of the NCAA FCS playoffs, will face No. 2 Eastern Illinois on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. (EST). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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Towson football set to open preseason camp this week

Posted on 30 July 2013 by WNST Staff

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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Preseason Player of the Year West among seven Towson Tigers named All-CAA

Posted on 24 July 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Led by junior running back Terrance West, who was named as the Colonial Athletic Association Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, the Tigers had seven players selected to the CAA Football Pre-Season All-Conference Team, which was selected by a vote of CAA coaches and sports information directors.

The CAA Football Pre-Season All-Conference team was announced at the CAA’s annual Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium on Wednesday.

Villanova University, which shared the 2012 CAA championship with New Hampshire, Towson and Richmond, was chosen as the CAA pre-season favorite. The Wildcats received 11 of a possible 22 first-place votes. Towson received three first-place votes and was picked to finish second while New Hampshire was third. Richmond was predicted to finish fourth while James Madison received four first place votes and was selected fifth.

Towson led all CAA institutions with seven selections to the All-CAA Pre-Season team. In addition to West, sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder, senior tackle Eric Pike, and senior tackle Randall Harris, senior linebacker Monte Gaddis, senior cornerback Jordan Love and junior cornerback Tye Smith were honored.

The winner of the 2011 Jerry Rice Award, presented to the top freshman in FCS football, West has rushed for 2,340 yards and scored 44 touchdowns in his first two seasons for the Tigers. He was named first team All-CAA as a freshman and sophomore and also earned All-American honors twice. As a freshman, West ran for 1,294 yards and scored a school record 29 touchdowns in 11 games. A Walter Camp All-American first team selection as a freshman, he averaged 6.7 yards per carry. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,046 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.

Holder enjoyed a very productive freshman season. In addition to providing excellent blocking for the Tigers’ running game, he caught six passes for 60 yards and three touchdowns.

A two-time All-CAA selection at left tackle, Pike has started all 34 games of his college. One of the best tackles ever to play for the Tigers, he has been a leader on the offensive line for the last three years.

In his first season as the Tigers’ right tackle, Harris earned first team All-CAA. He gave the Tigers the distinction of having both tackles on the All-CAA first team.

Gaddis started 10 of 11 games for the Tigers at middle linebacker. He made 74 tackles with 12 tackles for lost yardage. He also had five sacks and ranked 10th in the CAA with 7.4 tackles per game.

A transfer from Georgia prior to last season, Love was named second team All-CAA in 2012. In 11 games, he made 35 tackles and broke up five passes. He also had two interceptions, including a game-clinching pickoff in overtime during Towson’s 34-27 win at Delaware.

A two-year starter at cornerback, Smith was a third team All-CAA selection last year. He led the Tigers with 75 tackles and intercepted one pass. He also broke up five passes, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble.

This marks the first time that the Tigers have placed more than three players on the CAA Football Pre-Season All-Conference team

The Tigers, who posted a 7-4 record last season against a very difficult schedule, shared the CAA championship with Villanova, New Hampshire and Richmond. Towson was the outright CAA champion in 2011.

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14 Towson football players named Academic All-CAA

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff


Arnold Farmer Honored For Third Straight Year

RICHMOND, Va. – Led by junior defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), Towson University placed 14 student-athletes on the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Football Academic All-Conference team.

An economics and accounting double major, Farmer started all 11 games for the Tigers and made 25 tackles. He also forced two fumbles, blocked a kick and had one sack. Farmer was also named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference team in 2010 and 2011.

Freshman linebacker Bryton Barr (Mechanicsburg H.S./Camp Hill, Pa.), sophomore quarterback Joe Brennan (Camden Catholic H.S./Audubon, N.J.), freshman linebacker Riley Davis (River Hill H.S./Highland, Md.), junior place kicker Drew Evangelista (Cedar Grove H.S./Cedar Grove, N.J.), sophomore linebacker Greg Grant (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.), freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), sophomore tackle Jay Kenney (Malignon H.S./South Boston, Mass.), senior tight end Cory Kirby (Kent Island County H.S./Chester, Md.), junior cornerback Ryan Mays (Franklin H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) sophomore running back Clayton Minnott (Concord H.S./Wilmington, Md.), sophomore tackle Derek Pittman (Pallotti H.S./Lanham, Md.), sophomore wide receiver Mac Sanders (Providence Day School/Charlotte, N.C.) and junior linebacker Eric Schuster (Reservoir H.S./Laurel, Md.) joined Farmer as Towson representatives on the CAA Football Academic All-Conference squad.

“We are extremely proud of our young men who have committed themselves and have brought honor and distinction to Towson University,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose.  “Excellence in the classroom is critical to our overall success and these young men are leading the way.”

Last season, the Tigers were one of four teams that shared the Colonial Athletic Association championship. New Hampshire, Richmond, Villanova and the Tigers each posted 6-2 records in CAA action. For Towson, it was its second straight CAA championship. The Tigers, who played one of the toughest schedules in NCAA FCS football in 2012, finished the season with a 7-4 overall record and were ranked 17th in the nation.

With 14 student-athletes named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference, the Tigers were third in the CAA.

New Hampshire led all CAA football schools with 24 honorees. Georgia State had 16 players honored, followed by Towson (14). James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary each had 13 players honored. Rhode Island had 12 players honored, followed by Villanova (11), Old Dominion (10), Maine (8) and Delaware (7).

Towson’s 14 selections to the CAA Academic All-Conference team represent the highest single season total of Academic All-Conference honorees since the Tigers joined the CAA.  In each of the last three years, the Tigers had 12 players selected to the Academic All-Conference team.


Tigers’ CAA Academic All-Conference Selections

Name                              Pos.        Cl.       Hometown/High School                    Major

Bryton Barr                      LB           Fr.       Camp Hill, Pa./Mechanicsburg            Undeclared

Joe Brennan                     QB           So.      Audubon, N.J./Camden Catholic          Undeclared

Riley Davis                       LB           Fr.       Highland, Md./River Hill                     Undeclared

Drew Evangelista              PK           Jr.       Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove            Sport Management

Arnold Farmer                  DT           Jr.       Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Poly            Economics/Accounting

Greg Grant                       LB           So.      Olney, Md./Sherwood                          Mass Communication

Emmanuel Holder             FB           Fr.       Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall                Sport Management

Jay Kenney                      OT           So.      South Boston, Mass./Malignon             Comm. Studies

Cory Kirby                        TE            Sr.       Chester, Md./Kent Island County         Sociology

Ryan Mays                        CB           Jr.       Reisterstown, Md./Franklin                 Criminal Justice

Clayton Minnott                RB           So.      Wilmington, Del./Concord                   Exercise Science

Derek Pittman                 OT           So.      Lanham, Md./Pallotti                          History

Mac Sanders                     WR           So.      Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day           Undeclared

Eric Schuster                    LB           Jr.       Laurel, Md./Reservoir                         Business Administration

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Towson FB Holder named CAA Rookie of the Week

Posted on 05 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Freshman Fullback Scored First Two Collegiate Touchdowns In Win At Delaware
RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week ending Nov. 3, it has been announced by CAA officials.

Holder was honored for his role in Towson’s 34-27 overtime victory at Delaware on Saturday afternoon.

In the win at Delaware, Holder caught three passes for 36 yards and scored the first two touchdowns of his college career.

Holder, who had caught only two passes for 21 yards in the Tigers’ first eight games, gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead in the second quarter at Delaware when he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) on a fourth-and-one play. He caught a swing pass on the left side and followed a block by junior tight end James Oboh (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.) to score the first touchdown of his career.

With 44 seconds remaining in regulation, Holder caught a two-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal, giving the Tigers a 27-24 lead. After the Blue Hens sent the game into overtime, Towson pulled out a 34-27 victory.

“I am so happy for Emmanuel,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “Playing in this league as a first-year freshman is a challenge in itself. But one can’t help but smile for him to have such an impact in such an important game. I feel very good about our future at the fullback position.”

Holder is the first Tiger football player to be named as the CAA Rookie of the Week this season. Last year, Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was honored four times while cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) picked up the award once.

Ranked 17th in NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers put their two-game winning streak on the line on Saturday, Nov. 10 when they host the University of Rhode Island at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Towson has a 5-4 overall record and is tied for fourth in the CAA with a 4-2 record.
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