SIX TIGERS DOMINATE ECAC FCS ALL-STAR TEAM
West Honored As ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year
CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of NCAA FCS finalist Towson University leads a contingent of six Tigers who were named to the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Football Championship Sub-Division (FCS) All-Star team.
West, who leads all of college football with an FCS record 2,410 rushing yards and an FCS record 41 touchdowns, was honored as the ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year. A consensus first team All-American, West broke the FCS rushing single season rushing record held by Jamaal Branch of Colgate when the Tigers beat Eastern Washington last week.
West was named as the recipient of the first Division I FCS Athletics Directors Association Running Back of the Year Award and was the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Year.
The teams are comprised of student-athletes from a possible 88 institutions from 17 different conferences, and the balloting was completed by head coaches within the ECAC Division I FCS membership.
Senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), senior tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) were also named to the All-ECAC FCS team.
While Towson led all FCS schools with six selections, Fordham had four players honored. Brown and Princeton each had three all-stars.
Another consensus first team All-American selection at tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who has set a school record by appearing in 49 career games. A starter in all 49 games of his college career, Pike has been a valuable leader on the Tigers’ offensive line. He has been named as an All-CAA first team selection twice. Harris, a three-year starter at right tackle, has also been named as an All-CAA first team honoree the last two seasons.
Clark, a starter at outside linebacker the last two seasons, has led the Tigers in tackles all season. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark has 139 tackles in 15 games and ranks fourth in the CAA with 9.3 tackles per game. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and ranks second in the CAA with three fumble recoveries. Clark was named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond in October.
A two-year starter at cornerback, Love has made 62 tackles, seventh on the team. He is second on the team by breaking up 10 passes and has made two tackles for lost yardage.
A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire leads the Tigers with 11.5 sacks, a mark that places him 10th in the nation. He has made 64 tackles and leads the CAA with four fumble recoveries. He also made 17.5 tackles for lost yardage, the top mark in the CAA.
West, Pike, Harris, Clark, Love and Delaire were also named to the All-CAA first team.
The Tigers’ six All-ECAC FCS selections have led Towson to a 13-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game on Jan. 4. The Tigers will face defending NCAA FCS champion North Dakota State in the finals.
About the ECAC
The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports.
The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized annually.
2013 ECAC FCS All-Star Team
Quarterback – Michael Nebrich, Jr., Fordham University
Running Back – John Spooney, Sr., Brown University
Running Back – Terrance West, Jr., Towson University
Wide Receiver – Sam Ajala, Jr., Fordham University
Wide Receiver – Lee Kurfis, Sr., Lehigh University
Tight End – Dan Light, Jr., Harvard University
Offensive Line – Nick Easton, Jr., Harvard University
Offensive Line – Spenser Huston, Jr., Princeton University
Offensive Line – Joe Gross, Jr., Princeton University
Offensive Line – Jeff Gakos, Sr., University of Maine
Offensive Line – Randall Harris, Sr., Towson University
Offensive Line – Eric Pike, Sr., Towson University
Defensive Line – Zach Hodges, Jr., Harvard University
Defensive Line – Caraun Reid, Sr., Princeton University
Defensive Line – Rakim Cox, Sr., Villanova University
Defensive Line – Ryan Delaire, Jr., Towson University
Defensive Line – Mike Reilly, Jr., College of William & Mary
Defensive Line – Jeff Covitz, Jr., Bryant University
Linebacker – Telvion Clark, Sr., Towson University
Linebacker – Stephon Robertson, Sr., James Madison University
Linebacker – Stephen Hodge, Jr., Fordham University
Defensive Back – Emory Polley, Sr., Brown University
Defensive Back – Kendall James, Sr., University of Maine
Defensive Back – Jordan Love, Sr., Towson University
Defensive Back – Jerome Couplin III, Sr., College of William & Mary
Defensive Back – Mike Armiento, Jr., Colgate University
Defensive Back – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College
Place Kicker – Alexander Norocea, Sr., Brown University
Punter – Lawrence Forbes, Fr., Morgan State University
Return Specialist – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College