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Terps pick up preseason All-Big Ten recognition

Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Led by wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, seven Maryland football players have been named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Big Ten Team, the publication announced Thursday.

Diggs and Long both earned first team honors as two of the three wide receivers on the squad. Diggs finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards last season despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

Long, who also missed the final five games of the season due to injury, averaged 15.3 yards per reception in 2013 and 69.9 yards per game. Long finished the season with 489 yards receiving with one touchdown.

Five Maryland defensive players earned spots on the defensive unit. Defensive back Sean Davis, linebacker Cole Farrand and defensive lineman Andre Monroe all were named to the third team. Davis led the team in tackles last season with 102 and had two interceptions.

Farrand ranked second on the team in tackles. The senior totaled 84 tackles including 4.5 for a loss. Monroe was a constant presence in the opponent’s backfield last season. Monroe led the team in tackles for loss (17.0) and sacks (9.5).

Defensive back William Likely and linebacker Matt Robinson were fourth team selections. Likely had a strong freshman campaign last season totaling a team-high seven passes defensed with one interception. Robinson finished fourth on the team in tackles (73) and racked up 10.0 tackles for loss.

After converting 21-of-24 field goals a season ago, kicker Brad Craddock earned a spot on the second team special teams unit. Likely also received a nod on special teams being named to the third team as a punt returner.

To see the full All-Big Ten team, visit philsteele.com.

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Navy QB Reynolds, LB Peterson recognized by Phil Steele

Posted on 23 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Reynolds And Peterson Named First-Team All-Independent By Phil Steele


ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds and senior linebacker Cody Peterson were the only Navy players selected first team All-Independent by Phil Steele.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds, who was also named the NAAA Athlete of the Week for the seventh time this fall, is well on his way to rewriting the school and national record books, establishing an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29 this season, tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent (7 vs. San Jose State), scoring a program-best 42 points against San Jose State, breaking a nearly 100-year-old season scoring mark at Navy with 176 points (174 by Bill Ingram in 1917) and smashing the school record for points responsible for in a season with 224. He needs one rushing touchdown to become just the fourth person in FBS history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single-season.

Peterson, Navy’s defensive captain, has had a standout senior campaign recording 135 tackles. He is ranked second nationally in solo tackles per game (7.7 per contest) and is tied for second nationally for total tackles per game (11.3).

Peterson’s 135 tackles this year are the most by a Navy player since Rob Caldwell had 140 tackles in 2005. He needs 11 tackles against Middle Tennessee State in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to land in the top five on Navy’s single-season tackles list.

Junior offensive tackle Bradyn Heap, junior safety Parris Gaines, freshman corner Brendon Clements and junior punter Pablo Beltran were named to the second team.

Navy will play Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 AM in Fort Worth, 11:45 AMin Annapolis.

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Six Towson Tigers named to Phil Steele FCS All-America teams

Posted on 23 July 2013 by WNST Staff

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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Towson’s West, Dangerfield, Pike receive All-America honors

Posted on 26 December 2012 by WNST Staff


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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