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Towson eyes 6-0 start Saturday against New Hampshire

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff


No. 3 Tigers Seeking 10th Consecutive Win

TOWSON, Md. –  Riding a nine-game winning streak, the undefeated Towson University football team (5-0, 1-0) returns to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5 when the Tigers host No. 19 New Hampshire (1-2, 0-0) in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game at 12:00 noon.

The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet-Plus. Scott Graham and Andy Gresh will call the action.

A home game will be a welcome respite for the Tigers from the grind that found Towson playing four of its first five games on the road. After opening the season with a 33-18 win at Connecticut, the Tigers beat Holy Cross on the road, 49-7. On Sept. 14, the Tigers played their home opener and beat Delaware State, 49-7. However, it was back on the road the following week where Towson beat North Carolina Central, 35-17. Last week, the Tigers pulled out a 35-21 victory at Stony Brook.

In the opening weeks of the season, Towson traveled 2,548 miles to pick up four road victories. Dating back to last season, the Tigers have played seven of their last nine games on the road – and they have won all of them. Towson’s seven-game road winning streak is the longest in school history.

“We are road-weary,” admits Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “I feel like we are that Cleveland Indians team in the movie, ‘Major League.’ That team was always on a bus and that’s how we feel.

“However, it will be great to take the field on Saturday afternoon with a large crowd of our fans cheering us on,” he adds. “I know that will energize us.”

New Hampshire comes to Unitas Stadium with a deceptive 1-2 record. The Wildcats, who have qualified for the NCAA FCS playoffs eight years in a row, opened their season with a 24-21 loss at Central Michigan. After beating Colgate in their home opener, the Wildcats dropped a 34-27 decision at undefeated Lehigh last week.

Saturday’s game will be the 10th meeting between the two teams. UNH owns a 7-2 series lead, but the Tigers have won the last two matchups. Two years ago, Towson edged UNH, 56-42. Last season, the Tigers traveled to New Hampshire for the regular season finale and shocked the No. 7 Wildcats, 64-35. That win earned the Tigers a share of the CAA championship.

When Towson hosts New Hampshire, it will be the first time the teams have played where the Tigers had a higher national ranking. It will also match the top offensive team in the CAA against the top defensive team. New Hampshire comes into the game averaging 459.0 total yards per game as well as 236.7 rushing yards per contest. The Tigers allow 271.6 total yards per contest and only 70.8 rushing yards per game.

Towson ranks fourth in the NCAA FCS in rushing defense and sixth in total defense.

Offensively, the Tigers will be counting on junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.). The leading rusher in the CAA with 648 yards on 126 carries, he has scored 12 touchdowns this season, a mark that leads NCAA FCS. West has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in four of five games. The only time he didn’t reach the 100-yard plateau was a 49-7 win over Delaware State when he left the game early in the third quarter. He did score five touchdowns against the Hornets.

The third-leading rusher in school history, West needs only 12 rushing yards to become the third player in program history to rush for 3,000 yards. He has scored 56 career touchdowns in 26 games.

In two games against New Hampshire, West has run for 497 yards on 42 carries and six touchdowns.

Junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Windsor, Conn.) leads the Tiger defense with 6.5 sacks. He ranks fourth in the nation in sacks. Led by Delaire, the Tiger defense ranks second in the nation with 21 sacks in five games.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 44 tackles in five games. He made a career high 14 tackles and had one sack at Stony Brook. Junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) is second on the team with 28 tackles.

The Tigers’ game against New Hampshire will be the first of back-to-back home games against the top teams in the CAA. After hosting No. 19 UNH, the Tigers host No. 20 Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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Towson visits Stony Brook Saturday for CAA opener

Posted on 27 September 2013 by WNST Staff

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Seeking their ninth consecutive victory, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tiger football team will open its Colonial Athletic Association schedule on Saturday night at Stony Brook at 6:00 p.m.

Stony Brook is a first-year member of CAA football. Last season, the Seawolves posted a 10-3 record and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Stony Brook, which was a Top 25 team until losing at Villanova last week, has a 1-2 record this season, including a 1-1 CAA mark.

The Towson-Stony Brook game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com. Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan, Zach Maskavich and Damon Lewis will call the action.

With a 4-0 record, the Tigers have the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. They are playing their fourth road game this season. Towson has played only one home game.

The Tigers’ current eight-game winning streak is remarkable because six of those victories came on the road. Towson ended the 2012 season with road victories at No. 22 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware and No. 7 New Hampshire. To date, the Tigers have posted victories at Connecticut, Holy Cross and North Carolina Central.

The Tigers come into the Stony Brook game with one of the top defenses in FCS football. The Tigers are ranked fourth in the nation, allowing only 12.3 points per game. The Tigers have been very tough against the run, allowing only 53.0 yards per game. That mark places the Tigers third in the nation. Towson has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season.

With 17 sacks in four games, Towson is fourth nationally. Junior Ryan Delaire leads the Tigers with 3.5 sacks while freshman Max Tejada has two sacks.

Coach Ambrose says, “The sacks are a total team effort. Sometimes they are caused by pass coverage. Our defensive line has played extremely well and those guys keep shuttling in and out. We don’t have a superstar which is good. If you are counting on one guy to get all of your sacks, he will get double-teamed.”

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark leads the Tigers with 30 tackles in four games. Monte Gaddis is second on the team with 19 tackles.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens continues to lead the Tiger offense. He has completed 66 of 100 passes in four games. He has thrown for 885 yards and five touchdowns with only two interceptions. He is rated 20th in the nation in pass efficiency.

The Tigers, who have won or shared the last two CAA championships, will also be counting on junior Terrance West. West is averaging 124.5 yards per game and leads NCAA FCS with 11 touchdowns. He has scored 55 touchdowns in 25 career games.

For the fifth year in a row, Coach Ambrose and his coaching staff will join their coaching colleagues across the nation by participating in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) “Coach to Cure MD” event when Towson plays at Stony Brook.

As part of the program, Tiger coaches wear shoulder patches on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the “Coach to Cure MD.”

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.

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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 maintains #4 ranking in FCS poll

Posted on 16 September 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers Own Second-Longest Winning Streak in FCS Football

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – For the second week in a row, the undefeated Towson University football team is ranked fourth in NCAA FCS football, according to the weekly poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers’ number four national ranking continues to be the highest national ranking at the FCS level that they’ve ever received.

Towson was ranked 11th in the pre-season and moved up to fifth after a season-opening win at Connecticut. Back-to-back victories over Holy Cross and Delaware State enabled the Tigers to move up to fourth, ahead of Sam Houston State.

Their 49-7 victory over Delaware State extended the Tigers’ winning streak to seven games in a row. Towson closed out the 2012 season with four straight wins and has won their first three games in 2013.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (2-0) received 154 of a possible 156 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-1) got the other two first place votes and is ranked second. Montana State (2-1) 1s ranked third, some 48 points ahead of Towson. Sam Houston State (2-1) is fifth, nearly 200 points behind the Tigers.

The Tigers, who have outscored their opponents by a 131-32 margin through three games, are sixth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 43.7 points per game.

However, the Tiger defense is ranked near the top of FCS in all of the major categories. The Tigers are allowing 10.7 points per game, third in the nation behind Idaho State (8.3) and Bethune-Cookman.

The Towson defense leads FCS in red-zone defense (.333) and the Tigers are fifth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 71.0 yards per game. The Tigers are also sixth in total defense, giving up 267.3 yards per contest.

Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (1-1) is ranked 11th while Stony Brook (1-1) is 16th nationally. James Madison (2-1) is 17th this week while Villanova (0-2) is 20th. Richmond (1-2) fell to 23rd in the nation after losing to Gardner-Webb.

The Tigers, who have the program’s longest winning streak since 1984, will be seeking their eighth win in a row when they visit North Carolina Central on Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (154)                                2-0                3,898                   1

2.      Eastern Washington (2)                                   2-1                 3,462                   2

3.      Montana State                                                2-1                 3,460                   3

4.      Towson University                                          3-0                3,412                   4

5.      Sam Houston State                                         2-1                 3,235                   5

6.      South Dakota State                                         3-0                3,054                  6

7.      Northern Iowa                                                2-0                3,004                  7

8.      Eastern Illinois                                               3-0                2,778                   9

9.      Montana                                                         2-0                2,450                  11

10.     Wofford                                                          2-1                 2,365                   16

11.      New Hampshire                                              1-1                  2,273                   12

12.     McNeese State                                               3-0                2,134                   13

13.     Central Arkansas                                            1-2                 1,496                    8

14.     Georgia Southern                                            2-1                 1,420                   10

15.     Coastal Carolina                                             3-0                1,274                   21

16.     Stony Brook                                                   1-1                  1,201                    17

17.     James Madison                                               2-1                 1,186                    20

18.     Cal Poly                                                         1-2                 1,165                    14

19.     Bethune-Cookman                                          3-0                1,053                   23

20.    Villanova                                                       0-2                767                     19

21.     Fordham                                                        3-0                733                     NR

22.    Lehigh                                                           2-0                677                     22

23.    Richmond                                                       1-2                 653                     15

24.    Tennessee-Martin                                           2-1                 561                     NR

25.    Northern Arizona                                            1-1                  556                    25

Others receiving votes: Illinois State 493, Youngstown State 370, Samford 281, Maine 255, William & Mary 155, North Carolina A&T 118, Southern Utah 114, Delaware 113, Jacksonville State 111, Gardner-Webb 100, Chattanooga 85, Eastern Kentucky 29, Appalachian State 28, Southeastern Louisiana 24, Liberty 24, South Carolina State 22, Penn 21, South Dakota 19, Tennessee State 18, Harvard 18, Southern Illinois 10, Western Illinois 10, Murray State 5, Indiana State 4, Tennessee Tech 3, Northwestern State 2, Sacred Heart 1.

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Towson welcomes Delaware State for home opener Saturday

Posted on 13 September 2013 by WNST Staff


No. 4 Tigers Seeking Seventh Consecutive Victory

TOWSON, Md. – After opening their season with back-to-back wins, Coach Rob Ambrose and the fourth-ranked Towson University football team will make their home debut on Saturday evening, Sept. 14 against Delaware State University at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

The Tigers, who are 2-0 on the season, will be facing a Delaware State team that opened its season with a loss at Delaware.

“It will be great to play a home game,” said Coach Ambrose. “Unitas Stadium is a great place to play and our players enjoy performing in front of our fans. Delaware State is extremely talented and athletic. Delaware State has a very rich football tradition. Delaware State may have one of the most explosive teams we will play this season.”

The Tigers, who earned their highest national ranking ever in FCS football, own the second-longest winning streak in NCAA FCS (six games). It is also the longest winning streak by a Tiger football team since 1996-97 when theTigers won six games in a row.

Towson and Delaware State are meeting for the 16th time in a series that began in 1980. However, the teams have not played since 1994. Towson owns a 9-6 series advantage.

Towson is hoping to extend its history of success in home openers. The Tigers are 34-10 in home openers and have won their last nine home openers. Coach Ambrose is 4-0 in his home openers with two wins over Coastal Carolina and a victory over Morgan State and a win over William & Mary.

The Tigers enter their home opener with an explosive offensive team and a defensive unit that has allowed only 25 points in two games.

Led by senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.), the Tiger offense is averaging 41.0 points and 459.0 yards per game. Athens has completed 30 of 43 passes for 424 yards with one interception and three touchdowns. He is 18th in NCAA FCS in pass efficiency after two games.

Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), a strong candidate for the Walter Payton Award, is tied for third in the nation in rushing, averaging 141 yards per game. West, who is the third-leading rusher in school history, has scored four touchdowns in the first two games. In his career, West has scored 48 touchdowns in 23 games.

Led by senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), the Tiger defense has allowed only three touchdowns in two games. The Tigers have yet to allow a rushing touchdown.

Towson’s defense ranks first in NCAA FCS in red-zone defense and has allowed only 33 per cent of teams reaching the red zone to score. Clark leads the team with 20 tackles.

Overall, the Tiger defense is ranked 12th in the nation, allowing 276.5 total yards per game.

The Tigers, who play four of their first five games on the road, will be back on the road next week when they visit North Carolina Central.

TIGER TALES: Last season, the Tigers were ranked third in FCS football in time of possession at 34:02 … In their first two games, the Tigers have controlled the clock for 36:13 … Towson is ranked sixth in FCS football.

With seven first downs in eight tries in the first two games, the Tigers lead FCS in fourth downs made and attempted … The Tigers have converted seven consecutive fourth down attempts and they have scored four touchdowns on those plays.

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Towson looks for 2-0 start at Holy Cross Saturday

Posted on 07 September 2013 by WNST Staff

WORCESTER, Mass. – Hoping to extend their five-game winning streak, Coach Rob Ambrose and the fifth-ranked Tiger football team will travel to Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon to face the Crusaders at Fitton Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers, who opened their season with an impressive 33-18 victory at Connecticut last week, have won their last five games dating back to last season. The Tigers finished off the 2012 season with four straight wins over Villanova, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The win over UConn extended the winning streak. Towson has the second-longest winning streak in FCS football, topped only by North Dakota State.

The Towson-Holy Cross game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com withSpiro Morekas, Ron Meehan and Zach Maskavich describing the action.

Strangely enough, this will be the third consecutive game that the Tigers will play in New England. They closed out the 2012 with a 64-35 win at New Hampshire and they opened the 2013 campaign with a win at UConn.

The Tigers, who have their highest-ever FCS national ranking this week, will be facing Holy Cross for the eighth time. The teams met seven times from 1997 to 2003 when both schools were members of the Patriot League. Towson owns a 4-3 series lead and won the last two contests between the schools. Holy Cross has a 2-1 record against Towson at Fitton Field.

“Holy Cross is a good football team,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “They are very good on offense and they can pile up a lot of yardage and a lot of points when they are clicking.”

The Tigers, who were ranked 11th in the nation prior to their win at Connecticut, were led by junior running backTerrance West and senior running back Sterlin Phifer in the win at UConn. Both West and Phifer scored two touchdowns in the win.

West, who was named as the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career, ran for 156 yards on 36 carries and scored touchdowns on a five-yard run and a six-yard run. Phifer, who transferred from Boston College prior to the 2011 season, caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Peter Athens and scored on a five-yard TD run at UConn. Phifer ran for 39 yards on eight carries against the Huskies.

West enters this week’s game with 2,496 rushing yards in his career. He has scored 46 touchdowns in 22 career games and will tie Jason Corle’s career record when he scores his next touchdown.

In the win over UConn, the Tigers’ defensive unit played very well, holding the Huskies to 287 yards of total offense, including 81 rushing yards. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark led the Tigers with a career high 13 tackles. He also recorded one of the Tigers’ five sacks in the win.

Sophomore linebacker Bryton Barr had eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for lost yardage. Sophomore defensive tackle Jon Desir had four tackles in the first start of his career. He also came up with one of the biggest plays of the game when he tipped a screen pass into the air and intercepted at the UConn 29-yard line. That play set up Phifer’s five-yard touchdown run which put the Tigers ahead to stay in the second quarter.

Playing in his first game as a Tiger, junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (made three tackles and had 1.5 sacks. Delaire is a transfer from the University of Massachusetts.

Delaire is one of two transfer students from UMass on the Tiger roster. Junior Brian Dowling  had an important 45-yard reception in the win over UConn.

Next week, the Tigers return home to host Delaware State on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

TIGER TALES: Towson was one of seven FCS programs to post a victory over an FBS team on the first weekend of the college football season … North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Eastern Washington, Southern Utah, McNeese State and Eastern Illinois also pulled off upsets.

When the Tigers beat Connecticut, it marked the 30th time that a CAA school had beaten an FBC program … CAA schools are responsible for some of the most surprising FBS/FCS upsets … In 2006, New Hampshire beat Northwestern (34-17) … In 2010, James Madison upset Virginia Tech (21-16).

Last season, the Tigers were ranked third in FCS football in time of possession at 34:02 … In their season opener, the Tigers continued that trend as they controlled the clock for 36:23 … That ranks seventh in FCS football.

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Ambrose says no such thing as “easy” win over FBS opponent

Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Audio

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Athens leads first practice after being named Towson starting QB

Posted on 23 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Only six days before the Tigers’ season opener at the University of Connecticut, fifth-year senior quarterback Peter Athens took control of the team’s offense at their Friday afternoon workout.

Athens, who started six games as a first-year freshman in 2009, was named as the team’s starting quarterback by Coach Rob Ambrose on Thursday afternoon. He had been engaged in a competition with sophomore Connor Frazier since the start of the pre-season.

“Pete earned the starting job because of his experience,” said Coach Ambrose. “We liked the way he took leadership of the offense and got the players to follow. He is an extremely good passer and we are confident he will do a great job.”

Athens calls the opportunity “a blessing.”

He added, “I am so grateful for this opportunity. Connor and I had a great competition for the last two weeks and we really pushed each other. We are great friends and he’s a good quarterback. He will get his chance.”

The Tigers will return to the practice field on Saturday night for a 7:15 practice under the lights at Unitas Stadium.

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Towson votes five football co-captains

Posted on 22 August 2013 by WNST Staff


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 QB’s solid in final preseason scrimmage

Posted on 21 August 2013 by WNST Staff


Athens, Frazier Continue To Compete For Starting Quarterback Job

TOWSON, Md. – With eight days remaining before the season opener at the University of Connecticut, the Tigers held their final scrimmage of the pre-season on Wednesday afternoon.

Coach Rob Ambrose guided his team through a 74-play scrimmage that featured some solid performances by the offense and some solid efforts by the defense. In addition, the team spent a lot of team on special teams play as well as situational offensive formations.

“This was a really good situational scrimmage for us,” said Coach Ambrose. “We did a lot of special teams work and ran our two-minute offense as well as red zone plays.

“I thought our first team offense and our first team defense looked sharp,” he added. “We aren’t ready to win a game yet but we will be ready by next Thursday.”

Senior Peter Athens and sophomore Connor Frazier turned in strong showings in their competition for the starting quarterback job.

On the first possession of the game, Athens drove the Tigers 75 yards in five plays for a very quick touchdown. On the drive, he completed all three pass attempts for 48 yards. He also capped off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to junior Spencer Wilkins.

With Frazier at the controls, the Tiger offense scored on the third possession of the game. Frazier directed a 74-yard, nine-play march in which he completed all four pass attempts for 49 yards. Senior Sterlin Phifer capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

Senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard provided the biggest play of the drive when he made an acrobatic catch for a 35-yard gain to the defense’s 22-yard line.

Athens finished the scrimmage by completing six of nine passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Frazier was also impressive a s he completed 12 passes in 16 attempts for 128 yards.

The Tigers will have a day off on Thursday before they start final preparations for the season opener next Thursday night.

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