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Former Towson players look to impress scouts at Pro Day Tuesday

Posted on 12 March 2013 by WNST Staff


NFL Scouts To Visit Campus To Evaluate Tiger Seniors

TOWSON, Md. – Members of the Towson University football team will be demonstrating their athletics skills and showing off their potential when National Football League scouts visit campus for the Tigers’ annual “Pro Day” on Tuesday, March 12 starting at 2:00 p.m.

The Pro Day activities will begin in the weight room in the Towson Center at 2:00 p.m. From there, the scouts and players will move to the playing field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium for additional tests and drills.

A contingent of seven Tiger seniors will receive most of the attention from the NFL scouts. All-Americans Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.) will be getting long looks from the scouts. A second team All-American safety, Dangerfield was a three-year starter for the Tigers who made 258 tackles in his career. He was also named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team twice.

A three-year starter at defensive end, Beltre earned honorable mention All-American notice as a senior.  A three-time All-CAA selection, he finished his career with 232 tackles, including 38 tackles for lost yardage and 11 sacks.

Defensive end Romale Tucker (Cardozo H.S./Washington, D.C.), a four-year starter who earned third team All-CAA honors as a senior, will also participate. Tucker made 191 tackles in his career, including 25.5 tackles for lost yardage and 10 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and recovered two in his career.

Dangerfield, Beltre and Tucker were all part of a Tiger defensive unit that lead the CAA by allowing 313.2 total yards per game.

Scouts will also be evaluating four offensive standouts from a Towson unit that averaged 31.9 points per game last season. A second team All-CAA selection at quarterback, Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) was a two-year starter for the Tigers who led Towson to a 16-6 record and two CAA championships. In his career, he passed for 4,413 yards and 35 touchdowns with only 16 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,002 yards in 22 games.

Wide receivers Tom Ryan (Father Judge H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.) and Gerrard Sheppard (McDonough H.S./Owings Mills, Md.) are also scheduled to participate. In his career, Ryan caught 127 passes for 1,528 yards and eight touchdowns. As a senior, he earned third team All-CAA notice. A transfer from the University of Connecticut, Sheppard caught 52 passes for 584 and five TD’s in his career.

Versatile Cody Kirby (Kent Island H.S./Chester, Md.) will also be evaluated. A three-year performer for the Tigers, he saw action at tackle, long snapper and tight end for the Tigers. In his career, he caught 10 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

“We are very excited about having a Pro Day with so many teams coming on campus,” says Coach Rob Ambrose. “This is another indication of the growth of our program. Since the end of our season, every NFL team has sent someone to campus to look at film. They know we have players who should be evaluated.”

Beltre, Dangerfield, Enders, Kirby, Ryan, Sheppard and Tucker were key parts of the dramatic turnaround of Tiger football. In the last two seasons, Towson posted a 16-7 record, including a 16-4 mark against NCAA FCS opponents. The Tigers, who won the 2011 CAA championship outright, were CAA co-champions last year. Towson has a 13-3 record against CAA opponents the last two years.

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All-America honors for Towson’s Beltre, Dangerfield

Posted on 11 December 2012 by WNST Staff


Tiger Defensive Standouts Honored By The Sports Network

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.) and senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) of Towson University have been named to The Sports Network’s Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America team.

Beltre and Dangerfield, who led the Tigers to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championships, earned third team All-America honors.

A two-time All-CAA first team selection, Beltre was one of the top defensive linemen in the CAA the last three years. A three-year starter at defensive end, he was seventh on the team with 36 tackles as a senior. He tied for the team lead with five quarterback sacks as Towson led the CAA with 31 sacks. He was also tied for fourth in the CAA in sacks. Beltre was also third on the team with 7.5 tackles for lost yardage. He also forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery.

Beltre, who played in all 45 career games, finished his career with 232 tackles, 20th on Towson’s all-time list. He also had 38 tackles for lost yardage, 11 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

A two-year co-captain and a three-year starter at free safety, Dangerfield also earned first team All-CAA first team honors for the second time. Despite missing the final game of the season, he was fourth on the team with 69 tackles. Dangerfield, who also 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, 11th on Towson’s career list. He also broke up 13 passes and recovered four fumbles.

Dangerfield was also honored as a second team All-American by Beyond Sports Network.

Beltre and Dangerfield were keys to the best defense in the CAA. En route to a 7-4 final record, the Tigers led the CAA in fewest yards allowed (313.2) and pass defense (174.3 ypg). Towson also topped the CAA in sacks with 31.

The No. 15 Tigers claimed a share of the CAA championship as they tied for first place with New Hampshire (8-4, 6-2), Richmond (8-3, 6-2) and Villanova (8-4, 6-2). Playing the fourth-toughest schedule in NCAA FCS, the Tigers won their final four games of the season, beating No. 19 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware and No. 7 New Hampshire on the road.

Towson has a 16-7 over the last two seasons, including an impressive 13-3 mark in CAA games. In games against FCS programs the last two years, Towson has a 16-4 mark.

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Towson sees 14 players named to All-CAA teams

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff


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)


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



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)


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



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)


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



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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Ambrose says Towson didn’t need “NCAA Board Room” validation

Posted on 18 November 2012 by WNST Staff


Tigers Not Chosen For NCAA FCS Playoffs

TOWSON, Md. – Although Towson University finished the regular season with four consecutive victories and earned a share of the Colonial Athletic Association championship, the Tigers were not selected to play in the NCAA FCS playoffs. The NCAA announced its 20-team field on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers, who finished the season with a 7-4 record and went 6-2 in the CAA, assembled in their locker room to watch the NCAA selection show. They sat in stunned silence when they learned that Towson was not selected.

“I can’t think of any time when I’ve been more disappointed,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “These players deserve better than this and they earned the right to play in the NCAA post-season again.

“These guys are champions,” Ambrose added. “We don’t need some people sitting in an NCAA Board Room to validate us. The goal should be to have the best 20 teams competing for the championship.”

The Tigers, who shared the CAA title with New Hampshire (8-3, 6-2), Villanova (8-3, 6-2) and Richmond (8-3, 6-2), were seeking their second straight appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs. UNH and Villanova were selected to advance to the post-season while Towson and Richmond were overlooked.

In the final four weeks of the season, Towson posted convincing wins over Villanova (49-35) and New Hampshire (64-35). When Towson handed UNH a decisive 64-35 in the regular season finale on Saturday, it seemed like the Tigers had played their way into the NCAA FCS playoff field.

Over the last two seasons, Towson has posted a 13-3 record in CAA games and has won seven of eight CAA road games.

The Tigers also played the third-toughest schedule in FCS football, a slate that included losses to a pair of NCAA FBS teams that are having very good seasons, Louisiana State and Kent State.

Towson loses 14 seniors from this year’s team, including wide receiver Erron Banks (Bound Brook H.S./Bound Brook, N.J.), defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.), wide receiver Alex Blake (Friendly H.S./Fort Washington, Md.),  linebacker Brian Boateng (Gaithersburg H.S./Burtonsville, Md.), running back Dominique Booker (Hermitage H.S./Richmond, Va.), defensive end Ben Chroniger (DeMatha H.S./Crofton, Md.), safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.), tight end Cory Kirby (Kent Island H.S./Chester, Md.), defensive tackle Matt Morgan (Horseheads H.S./Horseheads, N.Y.), linebacker Nick Ranko (Foxborough H.S./Foxborough, Mass.), wide receiver Tom Ryan (Father Judge H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh H.S./Owings Mills, Md.) and defensive end Romale Tucker (Ballou H.S./Washington, D.C.).

Beltre and Dangerfield were All-American performers while Enders was a two-year starter at quarterback. He posted an impressive 16-6 record as the Towson signal-caller.

“These players will always be special to this program,” said Ambrose. “They changed the culture around here and brought respect to this football program.”

TIGER TALES:  In their season-ending four-game winning streak, the Tigers outscored their opponents by a 188-107 margin … In the last four contests, Towson averaged 525.5 yards of total offense per game while allowing 332.2 yards per game … Towson led the CAA in total defense, allowing 313.2 yards per contest.

In their four-game winning streak, the Tigers had a plus-five turnover ratio … Towson turned the ball over only once in the final four games of the year … Towson’s four-game winning streak is their longest winning streak since 2006 when the Tigers opened the season with four wins in a row.


– TowsonTigers.com –

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Towson picked to repeat as CAA champs

Posted on 25 July 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – What a difference a year makes for the Tigers’ football team.

For the first time ever, the Tigers have been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association pre-season favorites, it was announced by CAA officials at the annual CAA Football Media Day at M & T Bank Stadium on Wednesday morning.

In a poll of the 11 CAA coaches and sports information directors, the Tigers received 12 of a possible 22 first place votes. Towson edged Old Dominion University for the top spot in the pre-season. ODU received seven first place votes. Ironically, last season Towson was picked to finish 11th in the pre-season while ODU was picked to finished 10th. The Tigers and the Monarchs finished one-two in the final CAA standings.

James Madison was picked to finish third with one first place vote while New Hampshire (two first place votes) was picked fourth. Delaware was picked to finish fifth and was followed by Maine, William and Mary, Villanova, Richmond, Rhode Island and Georgia State.

“It is a humbling honor to have earned the respect of the football community in being picked as the top team in our incredible league,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose who led the Tigers to their first-ever CAA championship last season.  “It’s great that we have been recognized for what we did last year but in truth, last year is gone.  Every game is a war in this league and when we strap it up, rankings, predictions and accolades mean very little.”

Last year, the Tigers were predicted to finish last in the CAA. Towson had posted a 1-10 record in 2010 and was winless in the CAA. However, the “Turnaround Tigers” were the most improved team in Division I football, improving by 7.5 games. The Tigers, who entered last season with 26 losses in their 28 previous CAA games, won the CAA titles with a 7-1 record, beating six nationally-ranked CAA teams on their road to the championship. The Tigers clinched the CAA title with a 28-17 victory at Rhode Island on November 19.

When the Tigers earned the CAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs, Towson became the first program ever to earn NCAA post-season bids at the Division II, Division III and FCS levels.

One of five CAA teams to earn an NCAA FCS playoff berth in 2011, the Tigers finished the year as the ninth-ranked team in NCAA FCS football.

While the Tigers were tabbed as the CAA’s pre-season favorite, sophomore running back Terrance West, senior defensive end Frank Beltre and senior defensive back Jordan Dangerfield represented Towson on the Pre-Season All-CAA team.

The only Tiger named to the Pre-Season All-CAA offense, West was named as the CAA Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year. As a freshman, West was honored as the winner of the Jerry Rice Award, which is presented to the top freshman in FCS football. West, who was also the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2011, rushed for 1,294 yards as a first-year freshman and averaged 6.7 yards per carry. The second-leading rusher in the CAA, he scored 29 touchdowns to set an NCAA FCS record for freshmen. The top scorer in the NCAA FCS last season, he also set a Towson single season record with 29 TD’s. He was also named as a Walter Camp first team All-American.

A repeat selection as an All-CAA Pre-Season selection, Beltre is a third-year starter at defensive. Last season, he ranked among the team leaders with 68 tackles. He also led Towson with 12 tackles for lost yardage and had four sacks. Beltre, who has made nearly 200 tackles in his college career, was also named to the All-CAA first team after last season. He was also named to the 2012 Pre-Season All-America team by The Sports Network.

A two-year starter at free safety, Dangerfield (below) has led the Tigers in each of the last two seasons. Despite missing two games last season, he led the team with 93 tackles, a mark that placed him second among all CAA defensive backs. He also intercepted two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered a pair of fumbles. Honored as a pre-season All-American third team selection by The Sports Network, Dangerfield was one of the Tiger co-captains last season. A first team All-CAA selection last year, he made a team-leading 96 tackles as a sophomore.


Delaware, Old Dominion and Maine led all schools with five selections on the Pre-Season All-CAA team. James Madison had four honorees while Towson had three. New Hampshire, William and Mary and Villanova each placed two players on the Pre-Season All-CAA team.


TIGER TALES: This marked the sixth consecutive season that the CAA held its Football Media Day in Baltimore … Prior to being selected first this season, Towson had been predicted to finish last four years in a row … Last season, William and Mary was the pre-season favorite … Villanova was the pre-season favorite to win the 2010 CAA championship.


While West was chosen as the CAA’s Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker Matt Evans of New Hampshire was the CAA’s Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year … In January, both Evans and West were in Frisco, Texas where they earned two of the top awards in FCS football … Evans was the winner of the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in FCS football while West was honored as the winner of the Jerry Rice Award … Coach Rob Ambrose of Towson was also honored as the winner of the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year in Frisco.


With the selection of Beltre, Dangerfield and West as Pre-Season All-CAA selections, it marked the first time that Towson had more than one representative on the Pre-Season All-CAA team.


Towson opens its season on August 30 at Kent State at 7 p.m.


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