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Towson ranked 11th in FCS preseason poll

Posted on 15 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED 11th IN SPORTS NETWORK PRE-SEASON POLL 
Tigers Ranked In Top Ten By Two Other Publications

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championship seasons, the Towson University football team has been ranked 11th in the in the NCAA FCS Pre-Season Top 25 by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who have been ranked among the NCAA FCS Top 25 by The Sports Network for 27 consecutive weeks, finished the 2012 season as the 17th-ranked team in the nation. The Tigers, who finished the season with a four-game winning streak, earned a share of the CAA championship with a 6-2 record.

Despite closing out the regular season with impressive wins over Villanova, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, the Tigers did not earn a berth in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

One of six CAA schools listed in The Sports Network’s poll, Towson has a veteran team. Coach Rob Ambrose enters his fifth season with a squad that returns eight starters on offense and seven starters on defense.

Senior tackles Eric Pike (Duval H.S./Lanham, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) return to lead the Tigers’ offensive line. Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) also returns after rushing for 2,340 yards with 44 touchdowns in his first two seasons. He was named first team All-CAA as a freshman and sophomore and also earned All-American honors twice.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) returns to lead the Tiger defense, along with senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior cornerbackTye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.).

Last season, the Tigers had the top-ranked defense in the CAA.

The Tigers were also selected among the Top 25 in pre-season rankings by Athlon College Football Magazine, Lindy’s College Football Magazine and The Sporting News College Football Magazine.

Towson was ranked eighth by Athlon College Football Magazine and Lindy’s College Football MagazineThe Sporting News College Football Magazine ranked Towson 13th in the nation in the pre-season.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (14-1) was ranked as the number one team in FCS in all four polls. Georgia Southern (10-4), Montana State (11-2) and Eastern Washington (11-3) also received pre-season accolades as the top teams in FCS football.

In the Athlon College Football Magazine pre-season poll, Towson was ranked behind North Dakota State, Montana State, Georgia Southern, Sam Houston State, Villanova, Appalachian State and Eastern Washington. In addition to Villanova and Towson, four other Colonial Athletic Association teams were ranked in the Top 25 by Athlon. No. 11 New Hampshire (8-4), No. 12 Richmond (8-3), No. 17 James Madison (7-4) and No. 22 Delaware (5-6) were also ranked.

No. 8 Towson was ranked behind North Dakota State, Georgia Southern, Montana State, South Dakota State, Wofford, Eastern Washington and Central Arkansas in Lindy’s College Football Magazine. Villanova was ninth while No. 11 New Hampshire, Mo. 14 Stony Brook (10-3) and No. 21 Richmond (8-3) were also ranked.

Towson was one of five CAA teams ranked in The Sporting News College Football Magazine’s Top 25.

The Tigers enter the 2013 season with the fourth-longest winning streak in FCS football. North Dakota State has won nine straight games while Arkansas-Pine Bluff has a seven-game winning streak. San Diego has won six straight contests while Towson, Richmond and North Carolina A&T have each won four consecutive games.

The Tigers will open the 2013 season on Thursday, August 29 at Connecticut.

The Sports Network 2013 FCS Pre-Season Poll

Team (First-place votes)                                 2012 Record          Points      Previous Rank

1.          North Dakota State Bison (127)               14-1                         3340         1

2.         Montana State Bobcats (1)                      11-2                         3079                     5

3.         Sam Houston State Bearkats (5)             11-4                         2941          2

4.         Eastern Washington Eagles                     11-3                         2873                     4

5.         Villanova Wildcats                                 8-4                         2334         15

6.         South Dakota State Jackrabbits              9-4                         2268         14

7.         Central Arkansas Bears                          9-3                         2244         10

8.         Wofford Terriers                                    9-4                         2089         7

9.         Georgia Southern Eagles (1)                    10-4                        2002         3

10.        New Hampshire Wildcats                       8-4                         1920          13

11.         Towson Tigers                                     7-4                         1871          17

12.        Appalachian State Mountaineers             8-4                         1696          9

13.        Illinois State Redbirds                            9-4                         1657          8

14.        Cal Poly Mustangs                                 9-3                         1646          12

15.        Richmond Spiders                                  8-3                         1384          18

16.        Stony Brook Seawolves                          10-3                        1178           11

17.        Northern Iowa Panthers                         5-6                         1106           NR

18.        Northern Arizona Lumberjacks               8-3                         988           20

19.        James Madison Dukes                            7-4                         964           19

20.       Montana Grizzlies                                  5-6                         813            NR

21.        Eastern Illinois Panthers                        7-5                         686           NR

22.       Lehigh Mountain Hawks                         10-1                         587           16

23.       Bethune-Cookman Wildcats                    9-3                         514            22

24.       Chattanooga Mocs                                 6-5                         505           NR

25.       Coastal Carolina Chanticleers                8-5                         489           24\

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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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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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Six Towson Tigers named to Phil Steele FCS All-America teams

Posted on 23 July 2013 by WNST Staff

SIX TIGERS NAMED TO PHIL STEELE FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS 
Terrance West Named To First Team; Eric Pike, Jordan Love Named To Second Team

TOWSON, Md. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University leads a contingent of six Tigers who have been named to the FCS Pre-Season All-America team, announced by the Phil Steele FCS Preview Magazine.

West, who earned first team Pre-Season All-America honors for the second year in a row, was joined on the FCS Pre-Season All-America team by senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.), offensive tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), offensive center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.).

Pike and Love were named to the FCS Pre-Season All-America second team while Harris, Shaw and Smith earned third team All-America honors.

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. He was named first team All-Colonial Athletic Association 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.

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.

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.

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. Shaw earned second team All-CAA honors last year. He has been the Tigers’ starting center since the middle of the 2010 season and has started 27 of Towson’s last 28 games. Shaw was one of three Tiger linemen who was named All-CAA last season and was one of the captains of the 2012 Tigers.

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.

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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Three Towson Tigers receiving preseason All-American recognition

Posted on 20 June 2013 by WNST Staff

PIKE, WEST, LOVE NAMED AS FCS ALL-AMERICANS BY BSN

Pike Named As First Team Offensive Tackle

TOWSON, Md. – Senior offensive tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) of Towson University have been named to the 2013 FCS Pre-Season All-American team, as selected byBeyond Sports Network.

A three-year starter at left tackle, Pike was named to the All-America first team while West earned third team All-America notice. Love was named as an honorable mention All-America cornerback.

A first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection as junior, Pike has been mainstay on the offensive line for the Tigers the last two years. A third team All-CAA selection as a sophomore in 2011, he had led the Tigers to back-to-back CAA championships. Pike has started all 34 games of his college career. Led by Pike, Towson has had one of the most productive offenses in FCS football the last two years while compiling a 16-7 record.

Honored as the winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football in 2011, West has earned first team All-CAA honors the last two years. In two seasons with the Tigers, he has rushed for 2,340 yards and scored 44 touchdowns. As a freshman, he set a school record with 29 rushing touchdowns. In 2012, he was second in the CAA with 1,046 rushing yards and led the CAA with 15 touchdowns scored. West has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times in his career.

A transfer from Georgia, Love started all 11 games at cornerback for the Tigers last season and earned second team All-CAA notice. He finished eighth on the team with 35 tackles and broke up five passes. Love also led the Tigers with two interceptions. His overtime interception at Delaware clinched Towson’s 34-27 victory.

The Tigers, who won the 2011 CAA championship and shared the 2012 title, have posted an impressive 16-7 record the last two years. In addition, Towson has a 16-4 mark against NCAA FCS opponents during that time. During the last two years, the Tigers have lost to FBS opponents Kent State, Maryland and Louisiana State.

Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tigers open their 2013 season on August 30 against the University of Connecticut.

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Towson holds Tiger Bowl III Saturday

Posted on 27 April 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championship seasons, the Towson University football team will hold Tiger Bowl III on Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. on Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Last year, the Tiger Bowl attracted more than 1,500 fans to Unitas Stadium. Admission to the Tiger Bowl is free and it is open to the public.

Current 2013 season ticket holders are invited to a prime location to enjoy Tiger Bowl III. Held in the back of the East end zone opposite the videoboard, this special area will feature complimentary sandwiches provided by Chick-fil-A at Towson Town Center and 2013 football posters.

A registration table will be located by the entrance of this premium location for all current season ticket holders to gain entrance into this area.

New season tickets can be purchased at the box office of Johnny Unitas® Stadium or online here. Only current or new season ticket holders will be allowed into this area.

As the season ticket renewal deadline approaches on April 27, fans are encouraged to contact the Towson Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER or renew online here.

Tiger Bowl III will conclude the Tiger football team’s spring season. The Tigers, who have posted a 16-7 record the last two seasons and have posted a 13-3 two-season CAA record, have a very strong nucleus returning. On offense, the Tigers will rely on an experienced offensive line which includes three All-CAA selections, rising seniors Eric Pike, Randall Harris and Doug Shaw. Running back Terrance West also returns after earning first team All-CAA honors twice.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis, cornerback Jordan Love and defensive tackle Arnold Farmer are some of the top veterans returning on the defense, a unit that led the CAA last season.

After the conclusion of Tiger Bowl III, the Tiger men’s lacrosse team will honor its seniors when the Tigers host St. Joseph’s in a vital CAA matchup in Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-855-TU-TIGER or click here.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 27

7 a.m.               Tiger Football Captain’s Breakfast

11:30 a.m.          Tiger Bowl III; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Softball (second game of doubleheader) vs. George Mason; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Baseball vs. UNC Wilmington; Admission is Free

7 p.m.               Towson Men’s Lacrosse vs. St. Joseph’s; Senior Night

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Towson announces Tiger Bowl III April 27

Posted on 19 March 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGER BOWL III SET FOR APRIL 27 IN UNITAS STADIUM

Tiger Bowl To Conclude Tigers’ Spring Season

 

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championship seasons, the Towson University football team will hold Tiger Bowl III on Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. on Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Last year, the Tiger Bowl attracted more than 1,500 fans to Unitas Stadium. Admission to the Tiger Bowl is free and it is open to the public.

Current 2013 season ticket holders are invited to a prime location to enjoy Tiger Bowl III. Held in the back of the East end zone opposite the videoboard, this special area will feature complimentary sandwiches provided by Chick-fil-A and 2013 football posters.

A registration table will be located by the entrance of this premium location for all current season ticket holders to gain entrance into this area.

New season tickets can be purchased at the box office of Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Only current or new season ticket holders will be allowed into this area.

As the season ticket renewal deadline approaches on April 27, fans are encouraged to contact the Towson Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER.

Tiger Bowl III will conclude the Tiger football team’s spring season. The Tigers, who have posted a 16-7 record the last two seasons and have posted a 13-3 two-season CAA record, have a very strong nucleus returning. On offense, the Tigers will rely on an experienced offensive line which includes three All-CAA selections, rising seniors Eric Pike, Randall Harris and Doug Shaw. Running back Terrance West also returns after earning first team All-CAA honors twice.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis, cornerback Jordan Love and defensive tackle Arnold Farmer are some of the top veterans returning on the defense, a unit that led the CAA last season.

After the conclusion of Tiger Bowl III, the Tiger men’s lacrosse team will honor its seniors when the Tigers host St. Joseph’s in a vital CAA matchup in Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-855-TU-TIGER.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 27

7 a.m.               Tiger Football Captain’s Breakfast

11:30 a.m.          Tiger Bowl III; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Softball (second game of doubleheader) vs. George Mason; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Baseball vs. UNC Wilmington; Admission is Free

7 p.m.               Towson Men’s Lacrosse vs. St. Joseph’s; Senior Night

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Towson’s West, Dangerfield, Pike receive All-America honors

Posted on 26 December 2012 by WNST Staff

WEST, DANGERFIELD, PIKE NAMED AS PHIL STEELE ALL-AMERICA PICKS

West Honored As Second Team Honoree; Dangerfield, Pike Named To Fourth Team

 

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and junior offensive tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) of Towson University have been named to the 2012 Phil Steele Magazine  Football Championship Subdivision All-America team.

West, who led the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing with 1,046 yards in 10 games, earned second team honors. Dangerfield and Pike were named as fourth team All-American selections.

A two-time All-CAA first team selection, West ran for 1,046 yards on 195 carries in 2012. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry and scored 14 rushing touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. With 15 touchdowns scored, he led the CAA for the second year in a row. The 23rd-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, he was ninth in the nation.

In two seasons with the Tigers, West has rushed for 2,340 yards and he is already the fifth-leading rusher in school history. He has scored 44 touchdowns in his 21-game career, just three shy of the school record held by Jason Corle, ’01.

A two-year co-captain for the Tigers, Dangerfield was a defensive leader for the top defensive team in the CAA. A starter in 10 games, he was third on the team with 69 tackles. A two-time All-CAA first team honoree, Dangerfield also led the Tigers with six pass breakups. He also forced one fumble and recovered another.

As a junior, Dangerfield made a team high 93 tackles despite missing two games with an injury. He was ranked seventh in the CAA in tackles and placed second among CAA defensive backs. Dangerfield also intercepted two passes last year and tied for the CAA lead with two fumble recoveries. He finished his three-year career with the Tigers with 258 tackles, tied for 11th on Towson’s all-time list. He also broke up 13 passes and recovered four fumbles.

Led by Dangerfield, the Tiger defense led the CAA by allowing 313.2 yards of total offense per game. Towson also led the CAA in pass defense, surrendering 174.27 passing yards per game. Towson ranked 16th in NCAA FCS in total defense.

As a senior, Dangerfield helped the No. 15 Tigers post a 7-4 record against a very difficult schedule that included Kent State and Louisiana State, a pair of bowl-bound NCAA FBS Top 25 teams. He also led Towson to its second straight CAA championship as the Tigers shared the championship with New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova.

The 6-5, 298-pound Pike has been a fixture at left tackle for the last three years. In fact, he has started 34 consecutive games and has been a key to the Tigers’ offense. In 2012, the Tiger offensive line allowed only 14 sacks in 11 games to rank 21st in NCAA FCS. The Tiger offense averaged 441.0 yards per game to rank 14th in the nation while the Tigers’ rushing offense averaged 229.0 yards per contest, 13th in the nation.

In addition, 12 Tigers were named to Phil Steele’s 2012 All-CAA team. Five Tigers were named to the All-CAA first team, including West, Dangerfield and Pike. Junior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior offensive center Doug Shaw (Loyola H.S./Woodbine, Md.) were also named to the All-CAA first team.

Junior offensive tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Largo, Md.), senior defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.), senior defensive end Romale Tucker (Ballou H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) were named second team All-CAA.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.), freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) were named third team All-CAA.

Towson finished the season with four consecutive wins, beating No. 19 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware, Rhode Island and No. 7 New Hampshire to earn a share of the CAA championship. The Tigers have compiled a 13-3 record in CAA games the last two years.

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All-America recognition for Towson’s Dangerfield, Pike

Posted on 08 December 2012 by WNST Staff

JORDAN DANGERFIELD, ERIC PIKE EARN ALL-AMERICA NOTICE FROM BSN

Dangerfield Named To Second Team

 

LEESBURG, Va. – Senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and junior offensive tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) of Towson University have been named to the Beyond Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America team.

A two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association first team selection, Dangerfield was honored as a second team All-American by BSN. A three-year starter at left tackle, Pike earned honorable mention All-American honors.

A two-year co-captain for the Tigers, Dangerfield was a defensive leader for the top defensive team in the CAA. A starter in 10 games, he was third on the team with 69 tackles. Dangerfield also the Tigers with six pass breakups. He also forced one fumble and recovered another. As a junior, Dangerfield made a team high 93 tackles despite missing two games with an injury. He was ranked seventh in the CAA in tackles and placed second among CAA defensive backs. Dangerfield also intercepted two passes last year and tied for the CAA lead with two fumble recoveries. He finished his three-year career with the Tigers with 258 tackles, tied for 11th on Towson’s all-time list. He also broke up 13 passes and recovered four fumbles.

Led by Dangerfield, the Tiger defense led the CAA by allowing 313.2 yards of total offense per game. Towson also led the CAA in pass defense, surrendering 174.27 passing yards per game. Towson ranked 16th in NCAA FCS in total defense.

As a senior, Dangerfield helped the No. 15 Tigers post a 7-4 record against a very difficult schedule that included Kent State and Louisiana State, a pair of bowl-bound NCAA FBS Top 25 teams. He also led Towson to its second straight CAA championship as the Tigers shared the championship with New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova.

The 6-5, 298-pound Pike has been a fixture at left tackle for the last three years. In fact, he started 34 consecutive games and has been a key to the Tigers’ offense. In 2012, the Tiger offensive line allowed only 14 sacks in 11 games to rank 21st in NCAA FCS. The Tiger offense averaged 441.0 yards per game to rank 14th in the nation while the Tigers’ rushing offense averaged 229.0 yards per contest, 13th in the nation.

Towson finished the season with four consecutive wins, beating No. 19 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware, Rhode Island and No. 7 New Hampshire to earn a share of the CAA championship. The Tigers have compiled a 13-3 record in CAA games the last two years.

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Towson sees 14 players named to All-CAA teams

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

ALL-CAA FOOTBALL TEAM INCLUDES CONFERENCE HIGH 14 TIGERS

CAA Co-Champions Place Five On First Team

RICHMOND, Va. – A group of 14 standouts from Colonial Athletic Association co-champion Towson University, including five first team selections, has been named to the All-CAA team, it has been announced by CAA officials.

The Tigers led all CAA teams with 14 selections as Towson placed five players on the first team, five players on the second team and four players on the third team.

Villanova, one of the CAA’s other co-champions, had 12 players honored while New Hampshire and Richmond each had 11 players on the team.

Old Dominion, James Madison and William & Mary each placed 10 players on the All-CAA teams.

Senior defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.), senior safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and sophomore running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) were named to the All-CAA first team for the second year in a row.

A pair of offensive linemen, junior tackles Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) and Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), were also selected to the first team. Harris earned All-CAA honors for the first time while Pike was named to the All-CAA third team last year.

The Tigers’ five All-CAA first team selections are one more than Towson had during the last six seasons combined. Last year, Towson had three first team picks. Towson and Old Dominion were the only programs with five first team selections.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) and junior offensive center Doug Shaw(Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) represented the Tigers on the second team, along with senior defensive end Romale Tucker (Ballou H.S./Washington, D.C.), junior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) and junior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.).

The All-CAA third team included senior wide receiver Tom Ryan (Father Judge H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), sophomore kick return specialist Derrick Joseph (Maurice J. McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.), senior defensive tackle Matt Morgan (Horseheads H.S./Horseheads, N.Y.) and sophomore cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.).

Towson’s 14 all-conference selections are the most the Tigers have had in one season in program history.

“The greatest respect is earned from one’s peers,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “To have this many young men earn these impressive accolades speaks to their work ethic and their desire to achieve excellence.  I could not be happier to see these men celebrated for their hard work.  Towson University is thankful and grateful to have such fine representatives.”

A two-time first team All-CAA selection and an honorable mention All-American, Beltre was seventh on the team with 36 tackles this season. He also tied for the team lead with five quarterback sacks and had 7.5 tackles for lost yardage. A three-year starter on the defensive line, Beltre finished his career with 232 tackles, 20th on Towson’s all-time list.

A two-year co-captain and a three-year starter at free safety, Dangerfield was named first team All-CAA for the second time. Despite missing the final game of the regular season, he was fourth on the team with 69 tackles. Dangerfield, who earned pre-season All-America honors, led the Tigers with six pass breakups and had one fumble recovery. The Tigers’ top tackler as a sophomore and junior, Dangerfield finished his career with 258 tackles, 11thon Towson’s career list.

The second-leading rusher in the CAA, West rushed for 1,046 yards on 195 carries for a 5.4 average. He ran for more than 100 yards in five games and he led the CAA in touchdowns for the second year in a row. Honored as the CAA Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, he is already the fifth-leading rusher in school history with 2,340 yards. He has scored 44 touchdowns in his 21-game career, just three shy of the school record held by Jason Corle, ’01.

The Tigers’ two starting tackles were also named to the first team. Harris was one of the keys to the Tigers’ offensive success as he started nine games at right tackle. The 6-4, 285-pound veteran started the first two games of the season at left guard. In his career, he has made 19 career starts.

A third team All-CAA pick last year, the 6-5, 298-pound Pike has been a fixture on the Tigers’ offensive line for the last three years. A tremendous team leader, he has started all 34 games of his college career.

Enders leads the Tigers’ group of second team honorees. The third-leading passer in the CAA, he completed 208 of 317 passes for 2,332 yards and 19 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. The Tigers’ second-leading rusher with 615 yards on 105 carries, he also finished second in the CAA in total offense, averaging 267.9 yards per game. In his career, Enders made 22 starts and won 16 of them. In Saturday’s win at New Hampshire, he became the first quarterback in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career. He finished his career with 5,415 yards of total offense, the seventh-highest total in school history. His 4,413 passing yards place him ninth.

A second-year starter at offensive center, Shaw is one of three offensive linemen to be honored by the CAA. The 6-1, 265-pound center was one of the Tiger co-captains this season. Over the last two years, he has started 22 of 23 games.

A fixture on the defensive line, Tucker was a four-year starter who earned All-CAA notice for the first time. He made 42 tackles in 10 games as a senior and ranked eighth among all CAA defensive linemen. He was third on the team with four sacks and ranked 11th in the CAA. He finished his career with 191 tackles and 10 sacks.

A pair of newcomers, Gaddis and Love, were also named to the second team. A transfer from Dean Junior College, Gaddis stepped in to the middle linebacker spot and led the Tigers with 74 tackles, tenth in the CAA. Gaddis also led Towson with 12 tackles for lost yardage, a mark that placed him second in the CAA. He also tied for the team lead with five sacks.

A transfer from the University of Georgia, Love made an immediate impact on the Tigers’ defense from his cornerback position. He made 35 tackles and was second on the team with five pass breakups. Love also had a team high two interceptions and averaged 20.6 yards on nine kickoff returns.

The Tiger defense, which led the CAA by allowing 313.2 yards per game, had a total of seven All-CAA players. Morgan and Smith complete the defensive contingent. A four-year starter on the defensive line, Morgan made 30 tackles as a senior defensive tackle. He also had three sacks. He finished his career with 97 tackles, including 10.5 sacks. After starting at defensive end in 2009 and 2010, he started at tackle the last two seasons.

A two-year starter at cornerback, Smith was second on the team with 74 tackles. He was fifth among all CAA defensive backs in tackles and broke up five passes. He also had one interception and forced two fumbles.

A second team All-CAA selection in 2011, Joseph made the third team as a kick returner. He averaged 26.3 yards per kickoff return and had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Tigers’ win over Saint Francis. In his career, he has two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

The Tigers’ top pass receiver the last two years, Ryan completes Towson’s All-CAA honorees. As a senior, he caught 44 passes for 533 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his career as the 13th-leading receiver in Towson history with 127 receptions for 1528 yards and eight touchdowns.

Towson finished the season with a 7-4 record and shared the CAA championship with New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova. All four teams posted 6-2 records in CAA play.

2012 CAA Football Major Awards

Coach of the Year:                                             Andy Talley, Villanova

Offensive Player of the Year:                         Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, Soph., Quarterback
Defensive Player of the Year:                        Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Jr., Linebacker
Special Teams Co-Player of the Year:         B.W. Webb, William and Mary, Sr., Punt Returner

Special Teams Co-Player of the Year:         Albert Wilson, Georgia State, Jr., Kick Returner
Offensive Rookie of the Year:                        John Robertson, Villanova, R-Fr., Quarterback
Defensive Rookie of the Year:                        Jeff Williams, Delaware, R-Fr., Linebacker

 

2012 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)

OFFENSE

Position            Player                                  School                               Class

QB                           Taylor Heinicke                              Old Dominion                              Sophomore

RB                           Kevin Monangai                             Villanova                         Sophomore

RB                    Terrance West                       Towson                             Sophomore

FB/HB                     Kendall Gaskins                             Richmond                        Senior

WR                          Ben Edwards                                  Richmond                        Junior

WR                          R.J. Harris                                       New Hampshire             Sophomore

WR                          Nick Mayers                                    Old Dominion                  Senior

TE                            Justin Perillo                                  Maine                               Junior

OL                    Randall Harris                       Towson                     Junior

OL                           Chris Howley                                  Maine                               Senior

OL                           Seamus O’Neill                              New Hampshire             Junior

OL                    Eric Pike                              Towson                     Junior

OL                           Earl Watford                                   James Madison             Senior

PK                           Jarod Brown                                  Old Dominion                  Junior

KR                           Albert Wilson                                  Georgia State                Junior

PR                           Ryan Smith                                     James Madison             Senior

                                                                          

DEFENSE

Position            Player                                  School                      Class

DL                    Frank Beltre                         Towson                              Senior

DL                           Chris Burnette                               Old Dominion                  Senior

DL                           Rakim Cox                                       Villanova                         Junior

DL                           Antoine Lewis                                Villanova                         Junior

DL                           Jared Smith                                   New Hampshire           Senior

LB                            Donte Dennis                                 Maine                          Senior

LB                            Matt Evans                                     New Hampshire           Senior

LB                            Stephon Robertson                      James Madison           Junior

LB                            Paul Worrilow                                 Delaware                     Senior

CB                           Eric Loper                                       Villanova                      Senior

CB                           B.W. Webb                                        William and Mary         Senior

S                      Jordan Dangerfield                  Towson                        Senior

S                              Dean Marlowe                                James Madison           Sophomore

S                              Cooper Taylor                                Richmond                    Senior

P                              Jonathan Plisco                            Old Dominion               Senior

                                                                          

2012 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)

OFFENSE

Position            Player                                  School                      Class

QB                    Grant Enders                        Towson                     Senior

RB                           Dae’Quan Scott                             James Madison           Junior

RB                           Nico Steriti                                     New Hampshire           Sophomore

FB/HB                     Brian Barlow                                   James Madison           Senior

WR                          Tre McBride                                    William and Mary         Sophomore

WR                          Antonio Vaughan                          Old Dominion               Sophomore

WR                          Nihja White                                     Delaware                     Senior

TE                            Kevin Finney                                   Richmond                    Senior

OL                           David Born                                     Old Dominion               Junior

OL                           Josh Bucci                                      Villanova                      Junior

OL                           Bobby Kennedy                             Delaware                     Junior

OL                           Mike Salazar                                   William and Mary         Senior

OL                    Doug Shaw                               Towson                        Junior

OL                           Josh Spearin                                  Maine                          Senior

PK                           Cameron Starke                            James Madison           Junior

KR                           Justin Grant                                   Richmond                    Sophomore

PR                           B.W. Webb                                        William and Mary         Senior

                                                                          

DEFENSE

Position            Player                                  School                   Class

DL                           Marlon Johnson                            Villanova                      Senior

DL                           Evan Kelly                                       Richmond                    Sophomore

DL                           Zach Kerr                                        Delaware                     Junior

DL                    Romale Tucker                          Towson                        Senior

LB                            Devon Bridges                               Villanova                      Senior

LB                    Monte Gaddis                           Towson                        Junior

LB                            Darius McMillan                             Richmond                    Senior

LB                            Jabrel Mines                                  William and Mary         Senior

LB                            Craig Wilkins                                   Old Dominion               Senior

CB                           Darlos James                                 Maine                          Senior

CB                    Jordan Love                              Towson                        Junior

CB                           Dontra Peters                                New Hampshire           Senior

S                              Manny Asam                                   New Hampshire           Junior

S                              Brian Thompson                            William and Mary         Senior

P                              Matt Hubbard                                Georgia State              Sophomore

                                                                          

2012 All-CAA Football Third Team (as voted on by the head coaches)

OFFENSE

Position            Player                                  School                   Class

QB                           John Robertson                            Villanova                      Freshman

RB                           Andrew Pierce                               Delaware                     Junior

RB                           Donald Russell                               Georgia State              Senior

WR                          Stephen Barnette                         Richmond                    Sophomore

WR                          Brandon Johnson-Farrell           Rhode Island               Senior

WR                    Tom Ryan                                  Towson                        Senior

WR                          Norman White                                Villanova                      Senior

WR                          Albert Wilson                                  Georgia State              Junior

TE                            Harold Spears                                New Hampshire           Sophomore

OL                           Mike Coccia                                     New Hampshire           Sophomore

OL                           Brandon Heath                              Delaware                     Junior

OL                           Vince Kowalski                               Villanova                      Sophomore

OL                           Jack Lowney                                  Old Dominion               Junior

OL                           Nick Ritcher                                    Richmond                    Sophomore

OL                           Chris Zarkoskie                             New Hampshire           Senior

PK                           Mike MacArthur                            New Hampshire           Junior

KR                    Derrick Joseph                          Towson                        Sophomore

PR                           Poppy Livers                                  Villanova                      Sophomore

                                                                          

DEFENSE

Position            Player                                  School                      Class

DL                           Dominique Guinn-Bailey              Old Dominion               Sophomore

DL                    Matt Morgan                                                         Towson                        Senior

DL                           Tyler Snow                                      James Madison           Junior

DL                           Nick Zaremba                                 William and Mary         Senior

LB                            Andrew Bose                                  Rhode Island               Sophomore

LB                            Luke Rhodes                                  William and Mary         Freshman

LB                            Jeff Williams                                   Delaware                     Freshman

LB                            Eric Wright                                      Richmond                    Sophomore

CB                           Jamaal Bess                                   Rhode Island               Junior

CB                           Darryl Hamilton                             Richmond                    Senior

CB                    Tye Smith                                  Towson                        Sophomore

S                              Jerome Couplin                             William and Mary         Junior

S                              Jakarie Jackson                            James Madison           Senior

S                              Joe Sarnese                                   Villanova                      Sophomore

P                              Drake Kuhn                                     William and Mary         Junior

P                              David Skahn                             James Madison           Senior

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