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Former Towson players look to impress scouts at Pro Day Tuesday

Posted on 12 March 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGER FOOTBALL HOSTS PRO DAY ON TUESDAY

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

Posted on 18 November 2012 by WNST Staff

CAA CO-CHAMPION TIGERS OVERLOOKED BY NCAA

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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