TIGERS NAMED AS ECAC FCS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Towson Finished As NCAA FCS Runners-Up
CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced today that Towson University has been named as the 2013 ECAC Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Team of the Year.
This is Towson’s first-ever ECAC Division I FCS Team of the Year honor and fourth overall, as the Tigers had previously won the ECAC Division II Team of the Year in 1983, 1984 and 1986. Towson was selected as the most outstanding team by the coaches within the ECAC Division I FCS membership and members of the media.
The Tigers will be honored on March 27, at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet, hosted by the ECAC at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Eastern College Football Awards Banquet with feature the presentation of the ECAC Football Awards as well as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards. Towson was also recently chosen as the Lambert Meadowlands Division I FCS Award winner.
Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tigers were one of the nation’s elite teams this season, compiling a 13-3 record en route to an appearance in the FCS National Championship game. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 10-2 record. They went on to defeat Fordham University, Eastern Illinois and Eastern Washington in the NCAA FCS Playoffs before falling to North Dakota State University in the championship game.
“What a great honor it is for Towson University to be named as the ECAC FCS Team of the Year,” said Ambrose. “It is quite validating that the hard work done by so many has once again garnered another great honor for our institution.”
Led by a group of 19 seniors, the Tiger offense averaged nearly 40 points per game this season (38.5) and was No. 12 in all of NCAA FCS in total offense.
Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was the catalyst of the offense, as he produced a record-breaking season in 2013. West, the ECAC Division I FCS Offensive Player of the Year, rushed for an FCS single season record 2,509 yards, shattering the previous mark of 2,326 yards held by Colgate’s Jamaal Branch. He also set the FCS single season record with 42 touchdowns, eclipsing the previous total of 39 set by Delaware’s Omar Cuff.
West scored at least one touchdown in all 16 games the Tigers played this season and rushed for over 100 yards on 12 occasions, four of which went for over 200 yards. In Towson’s NCAA FCS quarterfinal win over Eastern Illinois, West set an FCS playoff record with 354 yards on the ground and scored five touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.) was just as impressive, throwing for 3,461 yards and 19 touchdowns. He completed over 64 per cent of his passes and had a quarterback efficiency rating of 151.6
The Tigers outscored their opponents by over 15 points per game, due in large part to a strong defense. Junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Bloomfield H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) spent most of the season in the opponent’s backfield, registering 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) made 145 tackles on the season, including 89 solo stops and 10.5 tackles for loss. Clark also forced five fumbles and recovered three. The Tiger defense forced opponents to turn the ball over 34 times, recording 18 fumble recoveries and 16 interceptions. Sophomores Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) and Donnell Lewis (Woodside H.S./Newport News, Va.) each picked off four passes and returned one for a touchdown.
Duke University was selected as the ECAC FBS Team of the Year while West Chester was honored as the ECAC Division II Team of the Year. Wesley College was named as the ECAC Division III Team of the Year.
About the ECAC
The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized annually. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men’s and women’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse.