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Towson looks for 4-0 start Saturday at NC Central

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

DURHAM, N.C. – After posting a 49-7 victory over Delaware State University in their home opener on Saturday evening, Coach Rob Ambrose and the fourth-ranked Towson University football team will try to keep their perfect record intact when the Tigers face North Carolina Central in Durham, N.C. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.

The game will be broadcast back to the Towson area on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan, Damon Lewis and Zach Maskavich calling the action.

Ranked fourth in the nation for the second week in a row, the undefeated Tigers bring a 3-0 record to North Carolina Central. After opening the season with a 33-18 victory over Connecticut, Towson posted back-to-back victories by the identical 49-7 margin. After beating Holy Cross by 49-7 on Sept. 7, the Tigers handed Delaware State a 49-7 loss last Saturday night.

The Tigers, who have won seven games in a row, have the second-longest winning streak in NCAA FCS football, a mark that is topped by defending national champion North Dakota State. The Bison own an 11-game winning streak.

For the third time in four games, the Tigers will be on the road again this week. Ironically, five of the Tigers’ seven consecutive victories have come on the road. Last year, Towson posted wins at No. 22 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware and No. 7 New Hampshire to close out the season.

Thanks to a very impressive defense, the Tigers have been dominant the last two weeks, outscoring their opponents by a 98-14 margin.

The Tigers, who have allowed only four touchdowns in their first three games, are ranked third in NCAA FCS in scoring defense, allowing 10.7 points per game. Towson also leads NCAA FCS in Red Zone defense with a .333 mark. The Tigers have been very stingy against the run, allowing 71.0 rushing yards per game, a mark that ranks fifth in the nation. Towson has yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season.

Towson is also sixth in total defense, allowing 267.3 yards per game. With 11 sacks in three games, the Tigers are tied for eighth in the nation. Towson is also ranked among the national leaders in turnover margin with a plus-six ratio. The Tigers have forced eight turnovers while only turning the ball over twice.

Coach Ambrose has been very pleased with the way the Tigers are playing defense. He says, “The defensive staff has done a great job putting together schemes. We have the talent to make those schemes work and it’s not just 11 guys. We have a lot of guys who also contribute and they’ve been pretty darn good.”

Senior linebackers Telvion Clark and Monte Gaddis have been the Tigers’ top defensive performers this season. Clark leads the Tigers with 25 tackles while Gaddis has made 13 tackles. Led by Gaddis, the Tigers have intercepted five passes this season. Gaddis has two of them.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens has done an outstanding job running the Tiger offense. The Tigers are averaging 43.7 points per game this season while Athens has completed 46 of 67 passes for 633 yards and four touchdowns. He has only thrown one interception and has not been sacked.

The Tigers have also been led by junior running back Terrance West. The third-leading rusher in the Colonial Athletic Association, West has rushed for 359 yards on 69 carries, an average of 119.7 yards per game. After tying the school record with five rushing touchdowns in the win over Delaware State, West has nine touchdowns in three games this season. He is tied for the national lead.

West has scored 53 touchdowns in his career, a school record.

Towson will be playing North Carolina Central for the first time. The Eagles are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and are off to a 2-1 start.

After their trip to North Carolina Central, the Tigers will open CAA action next weekend when they visit Stony Brook on Sept. 28 for a 6:00 p.m. contest.

TIGER TALES: West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after scoring five touchdowns against Delaware State … It was the fifth time in his career that he earned the honor … West has now received nine CAA weekly awards during his career, tying the record he shares with Andrew Pierce of Delaware.

Towson’s seven-game winning streak is the Tigers’ longest winning streak since 1984 when they opened the season with seven consecutive victories … The Tigers are 8-for-10 on fourth down this season and they have scored touchdowns on five of their fourth down plays.

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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 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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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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