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Towson RB West named CAA Offensive Player of the Year

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff

14 TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-CAA FOOTBALL TEAMS

Terrance West Named As Offensive Player of the Year; Darius Victor Honored As CAA Rookie of Year

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year and is one of 14 Tigers named to the All-CAA teams that were announced by CAA officials on Tuesday.

In addition, freshman running back Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) was named as the CAA’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Tigers, who are seeded seventh in the NCAA FCS playoffs and earned a first round bye, led all CAA schools with 14 selections on the three All-CAA teams. Towson placed eight players on the All-CAA first team, including three players who were repeat selections.

West was named to the All-CAA first team for the third consecutive year. Senior tackles Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) were named first team All-CAA for the second year in a row. Pike was also an All-CAA third team honoree as a sophomore.

The Tigers, who led all CAA schools with eight first-team selections, placed two players on the All-CAA second team and had four players named third team.

William & Mary was second among CAA schools with 11 overall selections, including six first team picks. CAA champion Maine, Richmond and Villanova each had 10 honorees. Maine also had six players named first team All-CAA.

Delaware had nine players honored while New Hampshire placed eight on the All-CAA teams. James Madison had seven players honored and Rhode Island had six.

“Our guys play extremely hard for each other and it is massively gratifying to see their consistent play garner so much respect,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “To have this many young men celebrated for their achievements certainly signify the strength of our efforts and the strength of our program moving forward.”

Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), junior defensive end Ryan Delaire(Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), sophomore safety Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Glen Allen, Va.) rounded out the Tigers’ contingent of first team selections.

Love was a second team All-CAA selection last season.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) was named second team All-CAA for the second year in a row while junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S. /Raleigh, N.C.) also earned second team honors. Smith was a third team honoree last season.

Senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) junior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.), senior center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and junior kick returner Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) were named to the third team.

Kinnard and Wilkins are first-time honorees while Shaw was a second team selection last year. Joseph earned third team All-CAA honors for the second time. He was a second team All-CAA selection as a freshman.

One of the leading candidates for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the top player in FCS football, West leads NCAA FCS with 1,865 rushing yards in 12 games, an average of 155.4 yards per game. While averaging 6.2 yards per carry, he has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.  He has also topped the 200-yard mark three times. He is already the leading career rusher in Towson history with 4,205 yards.

A four-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, West leads the nation (all divisions) with 31 touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns – just 14 shy of the NCAA FCS record held by former NFL All-Pro Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

The second Tiger to be named as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, Victor ran for 410 yards in 10 games as West’s backup. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. He was named as the CAA Rookie of the Week in September.

Pike and Harris are the All-CAA first team tackles for the second year in a row. A two-year co-captain, Pike set a school record on Saturday when he became the first Towson football player to appear in 46 games. A four-year starter, he has started every game of his college career. Harris is a two-year starter at right tackle. Led by Pike and Harris, the Tiger offense set school records with 446 points scored and 5,519 yards of total offense.

A two-year starter at fullback, Holder caught 11 passes for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2013. He also provides the Tigers with a strong blocker in the backfield.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire started 11 of 12 games this season. He ranked sixth on the team with 51 tackles while leading the Tigers with 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. Delaire is second in the CAA in tackles for lost yardage and ranks third in the CAA in sacks.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark leads the Tigers with 107 tackles, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Honored as the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond, Clark is fifth in the CAA in tackles. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and is tied for the CAA lead with three fumble recoveries.

A first-year starter for the Tigers, Carpenter started 10 games at safety and made quite an impact. He made 65 tackles, fourth on the team and broke up four passes. He also intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles. In the Tigers’ win at Richmond, he returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

Despite missing the first two games of the season, Love was seventh on the team with 43 tackles. A transfer from Georgia prior to last season, Love also broke up nine passes, second on the team and fifth in the CAA.

A repeat selection on the All-CAA second team, Gaddis was one of the Tiger captains this season. He was second on the team and 19th in the CAA with 86 tackles. He had two interceptions and five tackles for lost yardage.

The CAA Defensive Player of the Week last week, Smith made 85 tackles, third on the team. He ranked fourth among CAA defensive backs in tackles and broke up 10 passes, third in the CAA. A member of the All-CAA third team last year, Smith also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.

Kinnard was named as a third team All-CAA selection for the first time. Before suffering a season-ending injury, he caught 43 passes for 664 yards and a touchdown. While averaging 60.4 receiving yards per game, he ranked ninth in the CAA. The versatile Kinnard also lined up at quarterback for the Tigers and returned punts and kickoffs.

Wilkins is also a first-time All-CAA selection. Like Kinnard, his season ended early due to an injury. In nine games, he caught 40 passes for 691 yards and four touchdowns. He led the CAA by averaging 17.3 yards per reception and ranked fifth with 76.8 receiving yards per game.

A second team All-CAA selection as a junior, Shaw earned third team honors this season. A starter in 40 of the last 41 games, he has been a fixture and a leader on the offensive line for four years.

Joseph earned All-CAA notice for the third time in his career. As a junior, he averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return and returned two kickoffs for touchdown. The Tigers’ career leader in kickoff returns, he has now returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, a school record.

The Tigers, who are 10-2, are seeded seventh in the FCS playoffs. After a first-round bye, the Tigers will host the winner of the Fordham-Sacred Heart game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers, who have a 26-9 record over the last three seasons, will be making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in three years. Over the last three years, the Tigers are 19-5 in CAA games. After winning the 2011 CAA championship, the Tigers shared the CAA title last year. They tied for second in the CAA with New Hampshire in 2013.

When Towson earned its first NCAA FCS playoff bid in 2011, Towson became the first NCAA school to earn playoff bids at three different levels. Towson went to the Division III playoffs in 1976. The Tigers competed for the Division II championship in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

2013 CAA Football Major Awards (as voted on by the head coaches)

Coach of the Year:                               Jack Cosgrove, Maine, 21 seasons

Offensive Player of the Year:              Terrance West, Towson, Jr., Running Back

Defensive Player of the Year:             Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr., Linebacker

Special Teams Player of the Year:       Tre McBride, William & Mary, Jr., Kick/Punt Returner

Offensive Rookie of the Year:             Darius Victor, Towson, Fr., Running Back

Defensive Rookie of the Year:            Christophe Mulumba, Maine, R-Fr., Linebacker

 

2013 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB Marcus Wasilewski Maine Senior
RB Omar Osbourne UAlbany Junior
RB Dae’Quan Scott James Madison Senior
RB Terrance West (1) # Towson Junior
FB/HB Emmanuel Holder Towson Sophomore
WR Ben Edwards Richmond Senior
WR R.J. Harris New Hampshire Junior
WR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
TE Justin Perillo Maine Senior
OL Matt Crisafi William & Mary Senior
OL Jeff Gakos Maine Senior
OL Austin Gund Richmond Junior
OL Randall Harris (1) Towson Senior
OL Eric Pike (1) % Towson Senior
PK Sean Decloux Maine Sophomore
KR Mackenzie Elliott Rhode Island Senior
PR Rob Jones Delaware Senior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Rakim Cox Villanova Senior
DL Ryan Delaire Towson Junior
DL Zach Kerr Delaware Senior
DL Mike Reilly William & Mary Junior
DL Jordan Stanton James Madison Senior
LB Telvion Clark Towson Senior
LB Airek Green William & Mary Junior
LB Christophe Mulumba Maine Freshman
LB Luke Rhodes William & Mary Sophomore
LB Stephon Robertson James Madison Senior
CB Kendall James Maine Senior
CB Jordan Love (2) Towson Senior
S Christian Carpenter Towson Sophomore
S Jerome Couplin III William & Mary Senior
P Nick Ferrara Stony Brook Senior
2013 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB John Robertson Villanova Sophomore
RB Andrew Pierce Delaware Senior
RB Nico Steriti New Hampshire Junior
FB/HB Seth Fisher Richmond Sophomore
WR Stephen Barnette Richmond Junior
WR Malcolm Eugene Stony Brook Senior
WR Michael Johnson Delaware Junior
TE Nick Boyle Delaware Junior
OL Ricky Archer New Hampshire Senior
OL Josh Bucci Villanova Senior
OL Joe Hook Maine Senior
OL Bobby Kennedy Delaware Senior
OL Josh Wells James Madison Senior
PK Brandon Jordi Richmond Sophomore
KR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
PR Robbie Jackson Rhode Island Junior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Michael Cole Maine Senior
DL Evan Kelly Richmond Sophomore
DL Antoine Lewis Villanova Senior
DL Josh Moody Rhode Island Senior
DL Tyler Snow James Madison Senior
LB Andrew Bose Rhode Island Junior
LB Pat Callaway Delaware Junior
LB Don Cherry Villanova Sophomore
LB Jawara Dudley Stony Brook Senior
LB Monte Gaddis (2)

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Towson votes five football co-captains

Posted on 22 August 2013 by WNST Staff

BARR, DAVIS, GADDIS, PIKE, SHAW NAMED AS TIGER CO-CAPTAINS

Three Offensive Linemen Highlight Tiger Captains

TOWSON, Md. – Seniors Anthony Davis (Clover Hill H.S./Richmond, Va.), Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central H.S./Cleveland, Ohio), Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) and Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) join sophomore Bryton Barr (Mechanicsburg Area H.S./Camp Hill, Pa.) as the captains of the 2013 Towson University football team, it has been announced by Coach Rob Ambrose.

For Pike and Shaw, this marks their second season as Tiger co-captains. Pike was one of the Tiger co-captains in 2011 while Shaw was a co-captain last season.

A two-year starter at left guard for the Tigers, Davis is a 6-3, 300-pound veteran. In his career, he has also seen playing time at offensive center. He has appeared in 29 games in his career with 20 starts.

A second-year starter at inside linebacker, Gaddis was named to the 2013 Pre-Season All-Colonial Athletic Association team. As a junior, he earned second team All-CAA notice when he made 74 tackles in 10 games. A second team All-American selection by College Sports Madness, Gaddis led the Tigers with 12 tackles for lost yardage. He also tied for the team lead with five quarterback sacks.

A starter at left tackle in all 34 games of his career, the 6-5, 298-pound Pike earned All-CAA first team honors as junior and third team notice as a sophomore. One of the top tackles ever to play for Towson, Pike was named to the 2013 Pre-Season All-American second team by The Sports Network.

Shaw, who was one of the Tiger co-captains last season along with Grant Enders and Jordan Dangerfield, is a two-year starter at center. A 6-1, 265-pound lineman, he was named second team All-CAA in 2012. Shaw has started 28 of the Tigers’ last 29 games.

Only the second sophomore ever to be named as a Tiger co-captain, Barr had a remarkable season for the Tigers as a first-year freshman. A 6-0, 220-pound outside linebacker, he started all 11 games and finished second on the team with 74 tackles. He also had five tackles for lost yardage and recorded two sacks. Barr led the Tigers with two fumble recoveries.

The Tigers, who have won back-to-back CAA championships, open their season at the University of Connecticut onThursday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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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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