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Two Towson football players pick up freshman All-America honors

Posted on 18 January 2014 by WNST Staff


Tiger Freshmen Led Towson To National Championship Game

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Running back Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) and wide receiver Andre Dessenberg (Green Lakes H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) of the Towson University football team have been named to The College Sports Journal’s Freshman All-America team.

Victor and Dessenberg helped the Tigers post the best season in program history. The Tigers, who compiled a 13-3 record, reached the NCAA FCS championship game where they lost to North Dakota State. Towson was ranked second in the nation in the final polls.

Wide receiver Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington University was named as the winner of the third annual College Sports Journal FCS All-Freshman team player of the year. He joins running back Terrance West of Towson (2011) and the duo of Villanova quarterback John Robertson (2012) and Appalachian State wide receiver Sean Price (2012) as winners of CSJ’s top freshman award.

Victor earned first team Freshman All-America notice while Dessenberg was a second team selection.

Named as the winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Freshman of the Year award, Victor helped the Tigers was the team’s second-leading rusher. He ran for 629 yards on 98 carries and led the CAA by averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He also caught five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

In the Tigers’ post-season run to the NCAA FCS championship game, Victor rushed for 219 yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 52 yards and scored a touchdown.

Dessenberg appeared in 15 games and started four times. He caught 18 passes for 305 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 16.9 yards per catch, second on the team.

He was even more effective in the post-season. With injuries depleting the Tigers’ ranks, he stepped up and led the Tigers’ receivers with 13 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown. He caught a 46-yard touchdown pass in Towson’s win over Fordham in the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Overall, the Southern Conference led all leagues with 11 selections.

About College Sports Journal

The College Sports Journal was the first major news organization to begin recognizing an All-Freshman team at the FCS level.

The All-Freshman team was selected by a blue ribbon panel of FCS experts put together by College Sports Journal executive editor David Coulson and CSJ publisher and managing editor Chuck Burton.

2013 College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision All-Freshman Team

Freshman of the Year:                                 Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Wide Receiver

First-Team Offense

Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State, Quarterback

R. J. Noel, Sacred Heart, Quarterback

Marcus Cox, Running Back, Appalachian State

Martin Ruiz, Running Back, Youngstown State

Darius Victor, All-Purpose Back, Towson

Drew Potter, Fullback, South Dakota

Riley Donovan, Wide Receiver, South Dakota

Karel Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Samford

Barrett Burns, Tight End, Appalachian State

Jimmy Lowery, Tackle, Eastern Illinois

Anton Wahrby, Tackle, Wofford

Matt Fisher, Guard Cal Poly

Jacob Julian, Guard, Northern Arizona

Tad McNeely, Center, New Hampshire


First-Team Defense

Javancy Jones, Defensive End, Jackson State

JeMarcus Marshall, Defensive End, Northwestern State

Austin Black, Defensive Tackle, Southeast Missouri State

Robert Torgerson, Defensive Tackle, Southern Utah

John Law, Linebacker, Appalachian State

Christophe Mulumba, Linebacker, Maine

James Rentz, Linebacker, Sacred Heart

Gage Steele, Linebacker, James Madison

Michael Jones, Cornerback, North Carolina Central

Foyesade Oluokun, Cornerback, Yale

Trey Robinson, Safety, Furman

Jameel Smith, Safety, Youngstown State


First-Team Special Teams

Anthony Prevost, Place Kicker, Hampton

Bentley Critcher, Punter, Appalachian State

Jatavious Wilson, Kickoff Returner, Central Arkansas

Anthony Warrum, Punt Returner, Illinois State

Chandler Dowell, Long Snapper, Southern Utah


Second-Team Offense

Drew Reed, Quarterback, Lafayette

John Russ, Quarterback, Mercer

Tarik Cohen, Running Back, North Carolina A&T

C.J. Williams, Running Back, Bucknell

Kade Harrington, All-Purpose Back, Lamar

Josh Barge, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville State

Devin Borders, Wide Receiver, Eastern Kentucky

Andre Dessenberg, Wide Receiver, Towson

Eric Saubert, Tight End, Drake

JP Flynn, Tackle, Montana State

Javarius Leamon, Tackle, South Carolina State

Jessamen Dunker, Guard, Tennessee State

Corey Levin, Guard, Chattanooga

Aubrey Beal, Bryant, Center


Second-Team Defense

Boston Bryant, Defensive End, Wofford

Samson Ebukam, Defensive End, Eastern Washington

Winston Craig, Defensive Tackle, Richmond

Patrick Richard, Defensive Tackle, Maine

Kourtney Berry, Linebacker, Alabama State

Aaron Reed, Linebacker, Duquesne

Marquis Smith, Linebacker, Savannah State

Jameer Thurman, Linebacker, Indiana State

Demetrius Johnson, Cornerback, Texas Southern

Trey Morgan, Cornerback, Western Carolina

Cam Kuksa, Safety, North Dakota

Donald Payne, Safety, Stetson


Second-Team Special Teams

Warren Handrahan, Place Kicker, Samford

Eric Enderson, Punter, Delaware

Devin Brown, Kickoff Returner, Coastal Carolina

Chris Crawford. Punt Returner, Stetson

Austin Barth, Long Snapper, Montana State

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