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Six Towson football players honored by ECAC

Posted on 26 December 2013 by WNST Staff

SIX TIGERS DOMINATE ECAC FCS ALL-STAR TEAM    

West Honored As ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year

CENTERVILLE, Mass. –  Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of NCAA FCS finalist Towson University leads a contingent of six Tigers who were named to the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Football Championship Sub-Division (FCS) All-Star team.

West, who leads all of college football with an FCS record 2,410 rushing yards and an FCS record 41 touchdowns, was honored as the ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year. A consensus first team All-American, West broke the FCS rushing single season rushing record held by Jamaal Branch of Colgate when the Tigers beat Eastern Washington last week.

West was named as the recipient of the first Division I FCS Athletics Directors Association Running Back of the Year Award and was the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Year.

The teams are comprised of student-athletes from a possible 88 institutions from 17 different conferences, and the balloting was completed by head coaches within the ECAC Division I FCS membership.

Senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), senior tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) were also named to the All-ECAC FCS team.

While Towson led all FCS schools with six selections, Fordham had four players honored. Brown and Princeton each had three all-stars.

Another consensus first team All-American selection at tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who has set a school record by appearing in 49 career games. A starter in all 49 games of his college career, Pike has been a valuable leader on the Tigers’ offensive line. He has been named as an All-CAA first team selection twice. Harris, a three-year starter at right tackle, has also been named as an All-CAA first team honoree the last two seasons.

Clark, a starter at outside linebacker the last two seasons, has led the Tigers in tackles all season. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark has 139 tackles in 15 games and ranks fourth in the CAA with 9.3 tackles per game. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and ranks second in the CAA with three fumble recoveries. Clark was named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond in October.

A two-year starter at cornerback, Love has made 62 tackles, seventh on the team. He is second on the team by breaking up 10 passes and has made two tackles for lost yardage.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire leads the Tigers with 11.5 sacks, a mark that places him 10th in the nation. He has made 64 tackles and leads the CAA with four fumble recoveries. He also made 17.5 tackles for lost yardage, the top mark in the CAA.

West, Pike, Harris, Clark, Love and Delaire were also named to the All-CAA first team.

The Tigers’ six All-ECAC FCS selections have led Towson to a 13-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game on Jan. 4. The Tigers will face defending NCAA FCS champion North Dakota State in the finals.

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.

2013 ECAC FCS All-Star Team

Offense

Quarterback – Michael Nebrich, Jr., Fordham University

Running Back – John Spooney, Sr., Brown University

Running Back – Terrance West, Jr., Towson University

Wide Receiver – Sam Ajala, Jr., Fordham University

Wide Receiver – Lee Kurfis, Sr., Lehigh University

Tight End – Dan Light, Jr., Harvard University

Offensive Line – Nick Easton, Jr., Harvard University

Offensive Line – Spenser Huston, Jr., Princeton University

Offensive Line – Joe Gross, Jr., Princeton University

Offensive Line – Jeff Gakos, Sr., University of Maine

Offensive Line – Randall Harris, Sr., Towson University

Offensive Line – Eric Pike, Sr., Towson University

Defense

Defensive Line – Zach Hodges, Jr., Harvard University

Defensive Line – Caraun Reid, Sr., Princeton University

Defensive Line – Rakim Cox, Sr., Villanova University

Defensive Line – Ryan Delaire, Jr., Towson University

Defensive Line – Mike Reilly, Jr., College of William & Mary

Defensive Line – Jeff Covitz, Jr., Bryant University

Linebacker – Telvion Clark, Sr., Towson University

Linebacker – Stephon Robertson, Sr., James Madison University

Linebacker – Stephen Hodge, Jr., Fordham University

Defensive Back – Emory Polley, Sr., Brown University

Defensive Back – Kendall James, Sr., University of Maine

Defensive Back – Jordan Love, Sr., Towson University

Defensive Back – Jerome Couplin III, Sr., College of William & Mary

Defensive Back – Mike Armiento, Jr., Colgate University

Defensive Back – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College

Special Teams

Place Kicker – Alexander Norocea, Sr., Brown University

Punter – Lawrence Forbes, Fr., Morgan State University

Return Specialist – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College

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Five Towson football players named to Sports Network All-America team

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

FIVE TIGERS LEAD THE SPORTS NETWORK’S FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Terrance West, Eric Pike Earn First Team Honors

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) of Towson University were named as All-America first team selections on the FCS All-America team that was selected by The Sports Network on Wednesday.

They were two of five Tigers named to The Sports Network’s three All-America teams. Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) were named to the second team while senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) earned third team honors.

Towson and Eastern Illinois led all schools with five All-Americans on the 102-member teams.

West, who leads all of college football with 2,295 rushing yards, earned first team All-America honors from TSN for the second time in his career. He was also named as first team All-American selection in 2011 when he won the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football. The 2013 CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year, West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week four times.

A three-time All-CAA first team selection, West has scored 39 touchdowns this season, tying the FCS record for touchdowns in a season. He leads all of college football in touchdowns scored.

A four-year starter on the offensive line, Pike was a third team All-American last season. A two-year team captain, he has played in 48 career games, setting a school record for most games played. The Tigers’ starter at left tackle, Pike is a two-time All-CAA first team selection.

An outstanding blocker in the backfield, Holder earned All-CAA first team honors. He caught 13 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Another first team All-CAA selection, Love is a two-year starter at cornerback. He has made 59 tackles and ranks second on the team by breaking up 10 passes.

A third team All-American, Clark leads the Tigers with 131 tackles in 14 games. He is second in the CAA in tackles and leads the CAA with five forced fumbles.

All five of the All-American selections will lead Towson into its NCAA FCS semi-final game against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The game will be televised on ESPNU.

The Tigers bring a 12-2 record into the semi-final game.

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Seven Towson football players named to BSN All-America Team

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

SEVEN TIGERS NAMED TO BSN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

West, Pike Earn First Team All-America Honors

TOWSON, Md. – Seven members of the Towson University football team have been named to the All-America teams selected by Beyond Sports Network, a web site that covers college football.

Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) were named to BSN’s All-America first team.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Green Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) earned spots on the All-America second team.

Junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) was honored as third team All-American while senior tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) was an honorable mention selection.

Named as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Offensive Player of the Year, West has rushed for 1,941 yards and scored 34 touchdowns this season. A three-time All-CAA first team selection, he is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award.

One of the Tiger co-captains, Pike has started in all 47 games of his college career, a school record.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark earned All-CAA first team honors after making 116 tackles in 13 games. Another All-CAA first team selection, Love has made 51 tackles and has broken up nine passes this season. Holder, who was also named All-CAA first team, has caught 12 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Tiger offense with his blocking skills.

Delaire, who was also named first team All-CAA, is sixth on the team with 56 tackles. He led the Tigers with 9.5 sacks.

A two-time All-CAA first team honoree, Harris has been a two-year starter at tackle who has been a key to Towson’s offensive success.

The Tigers, who have reached the quarter-finals of the NCAA FCS playoffs, will face No. 2 Eastern Illinois on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. (EST). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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Towson LB Clark receives weekly national honor

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TELVION CLARK NAMED AS FCS NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Clark Honored For Leading Tigers To Win Over Richmond

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.  – Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) of Towson University has been named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week, it has been announced by The Sports Network.

Clark is the first Tiger football player ever to be named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week

Honored as the co-winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week award, Clark led the No. 7 Tigers to a 48-32 victory at the University of Richmond on Saturday. It was the Tigers’ ninth consecutive road victory, a streak that started with a 49-35 win at Villanova on Oct. 27, 2012.

Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, Clark led the Tigers with a career-high 16 tackles in their win at Richmond.

In addition, he made one of the biggest plays of the game when he sacked Richmond quarterback Michael Strauss,forced a fumble, recovered the fumble and ran 32 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a commanding 41-18 lead with 12:19 remaining in the game.

In the win over Richmond, Clark also recovered another fumble and had two tackles for lost yardage.

With 88 tackles in nine games, Clark is second in the CAA in tackles. He also has four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Clark is tied for the CAA lead in both categories. He also ranks 13th in the CAA with eight tackles for lost yardage.

The Tigers, who are 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the CAA, will return to action on Saturday night when they host No. 21 Delaware at 7:00 p.m.

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Towson RB West, LB Clark honored by CAA

Posted on 28 October 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 28, 2013) – CAA Football’s Player of the Week honorees for the ninth week of the 2013 season were announced on Monday. A link to each school’s release will be added to the player’s name over the course of the day as releases become available.

Offensive Player of the Week: Terrance West, Jr., RB, Towson
West earns his league-best 11th weekly honor on the heels of yet another historic performance in Towson’s 48-32 road win over Richmond. The Walter Payton Award Watch List member ran for a career-high 272 yards on 29 carries to become the program’s all-time leading rusher with 3,742 yards over 30 career games. West also tied a single-game school record with five touchdowns, including four on the ground, and currently ranks fourth in conference history with 68 touchdowns and tops in the nation with 24 scores this season.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Telvion Clark, Sr., LB, Towson
Clark led the Tiger defense with a career-high 16 tackles in Saturday’s victory. The senior highlighted the day with a sensational play in which he forced a fumble while sacking Spider quarterback Michael Strauss, recovered the fumble and proceeded to return it 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The forced fumble was one of his two in the win, which was Towson’s ninth straight on the road.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Stephon Robertson, Sr., LB, James Madison
Robertson was everywhere in what was a career day for the senior standout. The Buck Buchanan Watch Lister turned in a game-high 15 tackles, including a career-high 5.0 for loss and a sack, to go with a forced fumble and a pass breakup as he paced a Dukes defense that held William & Mary to just 250 yards of total offense on Saturday. Robertson has now recorded double-digit tackles in six of JMU’s eight games this season and is tied for seventh in the program annals with 399 for his career.

Special Teams Player of the Week: DeAndre Houston-Carson, Soph., CB, William & Mary
Houston-Carson cops his first conference honor after sparking one of the Tribe’s key plays in the team’s 17-7 Homecoming win over James Madison. The sophomore blocked Cameron Starke’s 31-yard field goal try in the third quarter, which would then lead to William & Mary’s go-ahead touchdown drive. Houston-Carson also secured six tackles, including three solo, and a pass breakup on the afternoon.

Rookie of the Week: Eric Enderson, R-Fr., P, Delaware
Enderson came up big in the Blue Hens’ kicking game as Delaware rolled to a 35-13 win over Rhode Island. The redshirt freshman sent three punts sailing an average of 55.5 yards, including a 69-yard punt that landed inside the Rams’ five-yard line. Enderson’s 69-yarder not only marked a career long, but also stands as the 10th-longest boot in school history.

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Towson LB Clark honored by CAA for first time in career

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TERRANCE WEST, TELVION CLARK HONORED BY CAA

West Named As CAA Offensive Player of the Week For Third Time

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) of Towson University have been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Week and the Defensive Player of the Week for their performances in the undefeated Tigers’ 44-28 victory over No. 19 New Hampshire, it has been announced by CAA officials.

For West, it is the third time that he has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week this season. It also marks the 10th time in his career he has received a weekly award from the CAA. With 10 CAA Football weekly awards, he holds the record for most individual weekly honors received by one player. Prior to this week, he had shared the distinction with Andrew Pierce of Delaware.

In his career, West has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week six times and was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Week four times.

Clark was named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He is the first Tiger to be named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week since Sept. 3, 2007 when former All-American linebacker Brian Bradford, ’08 was honored.

This marks the first time that Towson has ever had the CAA Offensive Player of the Week and the Defensive Player of the Week at the same time.

West, who is the fourth-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, led the Tigers to their 44-28 win over New Hampshire by rushing for 238 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns. With the Tigers trailing by 20-3 in the second quarter, West scored on a 50-yard touchdown run to cut the Tigers’ deficit to 20-10. With 6:51 left in the first half, his one-yard TD run pulled Towson to within 20-17.

West scored his final touchdown of the game with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter, upping the Tigers’ lead to 44-20.

For West, it was the third 200-yard game of his college career, and all of them have come against New Hampshire. In three career games against UNH, he has rushed for 735 yards on 70 carries for an amazing 10.5 average per carry. He has also scored nine career touchdowns against UNH.

West’s performance against New Hampshire enabled him to become the second-leading rusher in Towson history. He has now run for 3,226 yards in his career with 58 rushing touchdowns. He has scored 59 touchdowns in 27 career games.

With 15 touchdowns in six games this season, he leads NCAA FCS.

Clark led the Tigers’ defensive effort in their win over New Hampshire. He made a team high 11-tackles, including a sack. He also helped the Tigers’ come-from-behind performance by forcing two fumbles. The Tigers recovered both, leading to 10 points.

In six games, Clark leads the Tigers with 55 tackles. He also has three sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Tigers, who have won 10 games in a row, return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 when they host No. 15 Villanova in Unitas Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBCSports Network.

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Towson RB West honored by CAA for record 10th time

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 7, 2013) – CAA Football’s Player of the Week honorees for the sixth week of the 2013 season are featured below. A link to each school’s release will be added to the player’s name over the course of the week as releases become available.

Offensive Player of the Week: Terrance West, Jr., RB, Towson
West earns his 10th CAA Football weekly honor – the most in league history – after leading unbeaten Towson past nationally-ranked New Hampshire on Saturday. CAA Football’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, the junior finished the game with a season-high 238 yards on 28 carries and a three-touchdown effort highlighted by a 50-yard run. What’s more, West is now second in the program annals after surpassing the 3,000-yard mark (3,226) and his 59 career scores rank fifth all-time in CAA Football.

Defensive Player of the Week: Telvion Clark, Sr., LB, Towson
Clark paced Towson with a team-high 11 tackles, including six solo and a sack for a loss of nine yards, as the top-three Tigers turned in another solid defensive showing against UNH. The senior would also force a pair of fumbles, both of which led to touchdowns, for a Towson squad that leads the league with a +5 turnover margin and limited the Wildcats to just eight points over the final three quarters on Saturday.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Conner Arnone, Soph., P/PK, James Madison
Arnone had a stellar all-around day in the Dukes’ win over UAlbany, finishing with a 49.5-yard punt average on four punts that included a career-long 65-yarder. The sophomore also averaged 60.8 yards on eight kickoffs that featured three touchbacks in a special teams effort that forced the Great Danes to on average begin drives from their 27-yard line.

Rookie of the Week: Gage Steele, R-Fr., LB, James Madison
Steele broke open for a career day against the Great Danes, turning in an 18-tackle effort that leads the league through the opening six weeks of the season. The rookie racked up 13 solo stops and one sack in JMU’s dominant win, with four of his tackles ending Dane drives. Steele’s showing highlighted a defensive unit that held UAlbany to just 81 rushing yards and five of 19 third-down conversions on Saturday.

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