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Record 22 teams watch RB West at Towson Pro Day

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Scouts from 22 National Football League teams came to campus on Monday to attend the Tigers’ annual Pro Day.

On Monday afternoon, the scouts tested, timed and measured a talented group of Tiger seniors with aspirations to play pro football.

While Terrance West was the main focus of attention, offensive linemen Eric Pike, Doug Shaw and Randall Harris had a chance to impress the scouts. In addition, linebackers Telvion Clark and Monte Gaddis were targets of attention by the NFL scouts. Quarterback Peter Athens, defensive back Ryan Mays, cornerback Jordan Love and running back Sterlin Phifer also participated.

The afternoon began with all the Tigers being measured. From there, it was on to the weight room for further tests. After that, everyone tolerated a rain storm to watch the Tigers on the field at Unitas Stadium.

A large contingent of media members was also present.

“To get this many NFL scouts to come to campus is such a positive thing,” said Coach Rob Ambrose. ”We are excited that they came to campus to get to know our young men.”

Monday’s gathering was clearly the highest number of scouts to attend the Tigers’ Pro Day.

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ESPN’s Yasinkas believes former Towson RB West could rise up draft boards

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Audio

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Five Towson football players named to College Sports Journal All-America Team

Posted on 28 January 2014 by WNST Staff

FIVE TIGERS NAMED TO COLLEGE SPORTS JOURNAL ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Terrance West Honored As CSJ Offensive Player of the Year

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Led by junior running running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), five members of the NCAA FCS runner-up Towson University football team were named to the FCS All-America team, selected by the College Sports Journal.

A consensus first team All-American, West was named as the CSJ Offensive Player of the Year. Also named as the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, West led the Tigers to a 13-3 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game by rushing for an NCAA FCS record 2,509 yards with an FCS record 41 rushing touchdowns.

Senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior cornerbackTye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) were also named to the 63-member All-America team. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) earned honorable mention All-America notice.

West’s 42 total touchdowns and 252 points were both NCAA FCS single season records, breaking two marks held by Omar Cuff of Delaware. When West scampered for 354 yards on 29 carries in a 49-39 NCAA FCS quarterfinal win over Eastern Illinois in a snow storm, it shattered the standard for FCS single-game playoff rushing yards previously held by Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern (333 rushing yards, set in 1999 against Massachusetts).

A 6-5, 298-pount tackle, Pike earned first team All-CAA honors as a junior and senior. He was a third team All-CAA selection in 2011 when he was a sophomore. A two-year co-captain, Pike set a school record by playing in 50 career games. He also started every game of his college career.

A first team All-CAA selection, Holder caught 16 passes for 172 yards and scored three touchdowns this season. An outstanding blocker, he is a two-year starter at fullback who was a Freshman All-American selection last year.

A starter in 13 of 14 games, Love earned first team All-CAA honors this season. He ranked seventh on the team with 64 tackles. He also ranked second on the team by breaking up 10 passes.

A second team All-CAA selection, Smith is a three-year starter. He made 103 tackles this season, third on the team. Smith also led the Tigers by breaking up 12 passes. He also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark earned first team All-CAA notice. He led the Tigers with 145 tackles and made 10.5 tackles for lost yardage. He led the CAA with five forced fumbles and he had three fumble recoveries. Clark also had 4.5 sacks.

National champion North Dakota State led all teams with six players on the CSJ All-America team and one additional athlete on the honorable mention team for a total of seven honorees. NCAA FCS runner-up Towson was second with five players on the 63-man squad and one more honorable mention pick for a total of six honorees.

 

2013 College Sports Journal All-America Team

Offensive Player of the Year:        Terrance West, Junior, Running Back, Towson 

Defensive Player of the Year:       Caraun Reid, Senior, Defensive Tackle, Princeton

Coach of the Year:                         Joe Moorhead, Fordham

Lineman of the Year:                     Billy Turner, Senior, Tackle, North Dakota State

Special Teams Player of the Year: Xavier Roberson, Sophomore Southeastern Louisiana

FCS Playoff Most Valuable Player: Brock Jensen, Senior, Quarterback, North Dakota State

Freshman of the Year:                   Cooper Kupp, Wide Receiver, Eastern Washington

OFFENSE

Quarterback                                    Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington, Sophomore

Quarterback                                    Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana, Junior

Quarterback                                    Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, Senior

Quarterback                                    Brock Jensen, North Dakota State, Senior

Quarterback                                    Jeff Mathews, Cornell, Senior

Quarterback                                    Michael Nebrich, Fordham, Junior

Quarterback/All-Purpose Back         Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern, Senior*

Quarterback/All-Purpose Back         John Robertson, Villanova, Sophomore*

Quarterback/All-Purpose Back         Quinn Epperly, Princeton, Junior

Running Back                                  Zach Bauman, Northern Arizona, Senior 

Running Back                                  Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina, Senior

Running Back                                 Terrance West, Towson, Junior*

Running Back                                  Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, Sophomore*

Fullback                                          Andrew Grothmann, North Dakota State, Senior

Fullback                                         Emmanuel Holder, Towson, Sophomore

Wide Receiver                                 Sam Ajala, Fordham, Junior

Wide Receiver                                 Greg Hardin, North Dakota, Senior

Wide Receiver                                 Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Freshman

Wide Receiver                                 Lee Kurfis, Lehigh, Senior

Wide Receiver                                 Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, Senior

Wide Receiver                                 Walter Powell, Murray State, Senior

Tight End                                        MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois, Senior

Tight End                                        Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville, Junior

Tight End                                        Dan Light, Fordham

Tackle                                            Dakota Dozier, Furman, Senior

Tackle                                            Danny Kistler, Montana, Junior

Tackle                                            Eric Pike, Towson, Senior

Tackle                                            Billy Turner, North Dakota State, Senior*

Guard                                              Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State, Senior

Guard                                              Arinze Agada, McNeese State, Senior

Guard                                              Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois, Junior

Center                                            Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington, Senior

Center                                            Jared Singleton, Wofford, Senior 

DEFENSE

Defensive End                                 Brad Daly, Montana State, Senior

Defensive End                                 Terrence Fede, Marist, Senior

Defensive End                                 Zach Hodges, Harvard, Junior

Defensive End                                 Shaquille Riddick, Gardner-Webb, Junior

Defensive End                                 Davis Tull, Chattanooga, Sophomore* 

Defensive Tackle                             Ryan Drevlow, North Dakota State, Senior

Defensive Tackle                             Sullivan Grosz, Cal Poly, Senior

Defensive Tackle                             Zachariah Kerr, Delaware, Senior

Defensive Tackle                             Caraun Reid, Princeton, Senior*

Defensive Tackle                             Robert Simpson, Mississippi Valley State, Senior

Inside Linebacker                            Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Senior*

Inside Linebacker                            Justin Shade, Samford, Senior

Inside Linebacker                            Joe Thomas, South Carolina State, Senior

Outside Linebacker                          Tyler Starr, South Dakota, Senior

Outside Linebacker                          Lynden Trail, Norfolk State, Junior

Outside Linebacker                          Jordan Tripp, Montana, Senior*

Cornerback                                     Kendall James, Maine, Senior

Cornerback                                     T.J. Lee, Eastern Washington, Senior

Cornerback                                    Jordan Love, Towson, Senior

Cornerback                                    Tye Smith, Towson, Junior

Cornerback                                     Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, Senior*

Strong Safety                                  Colten Heagle, North Dakota State, Junior  

Free Safety                                     Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State, Junior

Free Safety                                     Jerome Couplin, William & Mary, Senior 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kickoff Returner                              Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana, Sophomore

Punt Returner                                  Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State, Senior

Return                                            Specialist Fabian Truss, Samford, Senior

Kicker                                             Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville State, Senior

Punter                                            Kyle Loomis, Portland State, Junior

Long Snapper                                  Richard Wright, Liberty, Senior

*Denotes players selected to the 2012 CSJ FCS All-America team

 

Honorable Mention By Position:

 

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Mason Mills, San Diego, Senior

Marcus Wasilewski, Maine, Senior

Running Back

Kyle Harbridge, Saint Francis, Senior

Tim Flanders, Sam Houston State, Senior

David Johnson, Northern Iowa, Junior

Carlton Koonce, Fordham, Senior

Keshaudas Spence, Sacred Heart, Junior

Fullback

Darien Robinson, The Citadel, Junior

All-Purpose Back

Rob Holloman, Central Connecticut State, Junior

Wide Receiver

Jeremy Butler, Tennessee-Martin

Jordan Harris, Bryant, Senior

R.J. Harris, New Hampshire, Senior

Roman Wilson, Princeton, Senior

Tight End

Jeff Lepak, Eastern Illinois, Junior

Justin Perillo, Maine, Senior

Tackle

Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State, Senior

Guard

Robert Booker, Missouri State, Sophomore

Center

Matt Crisafi, William & Mary, Senior

Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State, Junior

 

DEFENSE

Defensive End

Rakim Cox, Villanova, Senior

Colton Underwood, Illinois State, Senior

Zack Wagenmann, Montana, Junior

Defensive Tackle

Antoine Lewis, Villanova, Senior

Linebacker

Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina, Junior

Telvion Clark, Towson, Senior

Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman, Senior

Coqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana, Senior

Stephen Hodge, Fordham, Junior

Grant Olson, North Dakota State, Senior

Cornerback

Walt Aikens, Liberty, Senior

Lavelle Westbrooks, Georgia Southern, Senior

Strong Safety

Jestin Love, Senior, Central Arkansas

Free Safety

Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman, Junior

Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State Junior

Dean Marlowe, James Madison, Junior

Jaquiski Tartt, Samford, Junior

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker

Colton Cook, Senior, Southern Utah

Seth Sebastian, Southeastern Louisiana, Senior

Tyler Sievertsen, Northern Iowa, Senior

Punter

Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech, Senior

Kick Returner

Tony Washington, Senior, Appalachian State

Punt Returner

Tavoris Doss, Alcorn State, Senior

Long Snapper

Chris Maikranz, Lamar, Senior

Hudson Smith, Gardner-Webb, Senior

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NFL.com’s Huguenin says Towson’s West will be 2nd or 3rd Round pick

Posted on 11 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Luke Jones

In honor of the first Tuesday Top 7 of 2014, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction selected their top seven local sports figures to watch in 2014.

Some of the names are predictable while others may just be establishing themselves on the local sports scene, but each is worth following closely in 2014 for different reasons.

To listen to Jones’ full explanation for his list, click HERE. Forrester’s breakdown of his seven names can be found HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 Local Sports Figures to Watch in 2014 …

7. Towson running back and NFL Draft prospect Terrance West
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Skinny: Not only will the FCS record-breaking back be drafted, but it will be fun to watch his progress and to see how his skills translate to the next level.

6. Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs
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Skinny: Questions will linger about the Terps’ ability to compete in the Big Ten, but a breakout 2014 campaign would likely have the offensive playmaker thinking carefully about the NFL.

5. Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman
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Skinny: Assuming the Orioles’ offseason continues at its current pace, the 23-year-old right-hander’s development will be critical in determining whether the club remains in contention.

4. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs
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Skinny: The 2011 Defensive Player of the Year may have already played his final game in Baltimore if he’s not willing to adjust his $12.4 million salary cap number for the 2014 season.

3. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado
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Skinny: Coming off knee surgery and entering just his second full season in the majors, the 21-year-old will be counted on to not only be healthy but to take his already-impressive game to the next level.

2. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco
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Skinny: The spotlight on the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player will be brighter than ever after a disappointing 2013 season and considering his cap number balloons to $14.8 million in 2014.

1. Orioles manager Buck Showalter
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Skinny: After two poor offseasons in a row, does the Baltimore skipper reach his breaking point with an organization lacking the commitment to build on its recent success?

CONTINUE FOR DREW FORRESTER’S TOP 7 LOCAL SPORTS FIGURES TO WATCH IN 2014 >>>>>

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Towson RB West decides to enter NFL Draft

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Towson RB West decides to enter NFL Draft

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

After a record-setting season in which he was the runner-up for the FCS player of the year, Towson running back Terrance West will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

According to CBS Sports, the junior received a draft grade of the third round and scouts have suggested he could go even higher after helping the Tigers make it to their first FCS championship game. He rushed for an incredible 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns in 16 games this season.

“Terrance and his family decided to sign [with] an agent and declare for the draft last night,” Towson coach Rob Ambrose wrote on his official Twitter account Tuesday morning. “We wish him all the best. He did promise me, however, that he would finish his degree.”

In Towson’s 35-7 defeat to North Dakota State on Saturday, the 22-year-old West rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

West reportedly hired agent Marc Lillibridge to represent him through the draft process.

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Towson RB West undecided on future after title game loss

Posted on 05 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Following Towson University’s 35-7 loss to North Dakota State, junior RB Terrance West was asked about his potential NFL future.

West (Northwestern) became the first player in FCS history to rush for 0ver 2,500 yards in the loss, pushing his career numbers to nearly 5,000 yards in three seasons since joining Rob Ambrose’s program. West finished the season with a single season record 42 total touchdowns as well.

“I’m not sure yet”, West said after the title game according to the Baltimore Sun. “Ask me that question in a couple more days.”

West had told WNST’s Glenn Clark on “The Reality Check” Friday of his potential NFL future “let me just bring the trophy home and then we’ll worry about that.”

Many analysts believe West will bypass his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks recently said of the Walter Payton Award finalist “my eyes tell me West has the goods to be a solid pro down the road”. West (5’11″, 223 pounds) doesn’t possess particularly great speed (4.59 second 40 yard dash) but could still end up being a mid to late round pick should he choose to declare for the Draft.

According to PressBox, Ambrose says he plans to chat with West about his future in the coming days.

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Towson looks for first ever FCS championship Saturday in Frisco

Posted on 03 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS TO FACE No. 1 NORTH DAKOTA STATE FOR NATIONAL TITLE

Tigers Seek To End Bison’s 23-Game Winning Streak

FRISCO, Tex. – Seeking their first national championship, Coach Rob Ambrose and the No. 5 Towson University football team will try to complete their magical playoff run when the Tigers face two-time defending national champion North Dakota State in the NCAA FCS championship game at Toyota Field on Saturday, January 4 at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Anish Shroff and Kelly Stouffer calling the action.

The Tigers, who are 13-2 on the season, will be trying to end the Bison’s 23-game winning streak. The Tigers, who have won 16 of their last 18 games, earned a berth in the championship game with NCAA FCS playoff wins over No. 9 Fordham, No. 2 Eastern Illinois and No. 3 Eastern Washington.

Although this is not technically a road game, the Tigers have been an outstanding road team. Towson has a 9-0 record on the road this season, the best mark in college football. Northern Illinois has the second-best record with a 7-0 road mark.

In fact, Towson has won 12 consecutive road games dating back to last season.

The Tigers’ road to the NCAA FCS championship game has included victories at Eastern Illinois and Eastern Washington, two of the top three teams in the nation. The Tigers have won their last five games in a row. Dating back to last season, the Tigers have won 16 of 18 games.

North Dakota State, now 14-0 on the year, has the top defense in FCS football and presents the toughest opponent that Towson has played since the Tigers visited Louisiana State in September, 2012.

“North Dakota State is perfect,” says Coach Ambrose. “It’s not just their record. Their program is perfect. Looking for holes on their offense or defense or special teams, they don’t have them. The 11 players they put on the field are as good, if not better at their positions, than anybody else in the country.

“There’s a reason that they’re undefeated and have not lost a game in no-one-knows-how-long. They have resources, they have a following, and they are consistent. They are the Ivan Drago of I-AA football. They are perfect.”

Ambrose’s reference to Ivan Drago refers to a boxer in the movie “Rocky IV.” Played by actor Dolph Lundgren,“Drago” was the behemoth from the Soviet Union who compiled a 100-1-0 record as an amateur, boasted a punching power that was three times as devastating as the average boxer’s, and was trained as the top physical specimen in his sport.

The Tigers are led by All-American running back Terrance West (Northeast H.S./Baltimore, Md.), who has set NCAA FCS single season records with 2,410 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns. In the Tigers’ 49-39 quarter-final win over Eastern Illinois, West scored five touchdowns and ran for an NCAA FCS playoff record with 354 rushing yards.

West runs behind an impressive offensive line that is led by senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.). A four-year starter at left tackle, the 6-5, 298-pound Pike will be starting his 50th career game when the Tigers face North Dakota State. Senior tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), senior guard Anthony Davis(Clover Hill H.S./Richmond, Va.) and senior center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) lead a rushing offense that averages just under 250 yards per game and has scored 54 rushing touchdowns.

The Tigers’ running game will be tested by a North Dakota State defense that leads the nation by allowing only 11.6 points per game and 90.2 rushing yards per contest. The Bison are ranked second in NCAA FCS, allowing 247.5 yards of total offense per game.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.) has played very well in the post-season. In three NCAA FCS playoff games, he has completed 29 of 37 passes for 560 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. He has an amazing passer rating of 250.11 in the post-season. Athens, who left the Eastern Washington game with an injury, has completed 228 of 353 passes for 3,198 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 139 tackles, a mark that places him fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association. Clark has forced five fumbles and has three fumble recoveries.

During their post-season run, the Tigers have outscored their opponents by a 132-98 margin while North Dakota State has a 138-35 advantage in its three playoff games.

TIGER TALES:  This is the second time that Towson and North Dakota State have met in an NCAA post-season game … In 1983, the Tigers dropped a 24-17 decision to the Bison in the quarter-finals of the NCAA Division II playoffs … The Bison went on to win the national championship.

Towson is the sixth different CAA team to reach the NCAA FCS championship game … Delaware has reached the finals four times and has a 1-3 record … Former CAA member Massachusetts reached the championship game three times and won the 1998 title … James Madison (2004), Richmond (2008) and Villanova (2009) won the national championship in their only appearance in the finals.

Both Towson and NDSU opened their seasons with wins over NCAA FBS teams … The Tigers beat Connecticut while the Bison beat Kansas State.

Towson has already shattered the school record for wins in a single season … Until Towson won 13 games this year, no Towson team had ever won more than 10 games.

In his fifth season as the Tigers’ coach, Ambrose has a winning record as the Towson coach … He enters the NCAA FCS championship game with a 32-28 record as the Tigers’ coach … However, he was 3-19 after two seasons … Over the last three years, he is 29-9.

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Fanfare perhaps dimmed, but no doubting Flacco as “Local Sportsperson of the Year”

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Fanfare perhaps dimmed, but no doubting Flacco as “Local Sportsperson of the Year”

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

After leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl title in 12 years with a brilliant 11 touchdown, zero interception performance in the playoffs, quarterback Joe Flacco was a near unanimous choice as WNST’s annual “Local Sportsperson of the Year” for 2013.

This probably would have been a more exciting announcement had we made it in April or May. Charm City sports fans are well aware of the up and down 2013 season Flacco had that ended with the team missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season-making the conversation leading up to the award perhaps a bit more interesting than it should have been considering exactly what Flacco accomplished in the first five weeks of calendar 2013.

It actually even lead to a bit of a surprise in WNST voting, as one WNST voter voted for Orioles 1B Chris Davis instead of voting for Joe Flacco. That voter will explain their decision in the coming days, but was the reason why Flacco was only a “near” unanimous choice instead of a completely unanimous choice.

For the rest of the WNST voters, the decision was quite simple. Here is a reminder of the criteria for our yearly honor.

First, the person must be local. They must be an athlete, coach or front office member for a pro, college or high school team in the state of Maryland. Individual sport athletes who represent the state of Maryland also qualify.

Second, the person must stand out from other people over the course of the 12 calendar months. The accomplishments of that individual must be comparable to if not greater than the accomplishments of others in the area.

And finally, that person’s year must stand out from other years during their tenure/career in the area.

It’s fairly simple criteria that has guided the choice made each year. Flacco joins Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps (2008), Morgan State basketball coach Todd Bozeman (2009), Former Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez (2010), Towson football coach Rob Ambrose (2011) and Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (2012) as winners of the award. Flacco is the first Baltimore Raven to receive the honor since inception.

Flacco beat out fellow finalists Davis, Stevenson lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Towson RB Terrance West in claiming the title.

In the first few years of WNST determining a “Local Sportsperson of the Year”, D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction host Drew Forrester said something about a particular vote that has resonated in years that followed in making the decision. Forrester identified who he was voting for and then said “he made more people smile this year than anyone else.”

It was that thought process that made the choice of Flacco fairly easy to most at WNST. For all of the accomplishments of the other finalists-Cantabene guiding a team to the first national championship in ANY sport in school history, Davis crushing a team record 53 home runs, West crushing the record for most records broken in a single season (Editor’s note: that might not be factual. It just certainly feels that way)-none did more for the city of Baltimore than the quarterback did to start the year.

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We’re announcing “Local Sportsperson of the Year” Tuesday. Here are the finalists.

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We’re announcing “Local Sportsperson of the Year” Tuesday. Here are the finalists.

Posted on 30 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

We’ll make our annual “Local Sportsperson of the Year” announcement Tuesday here at WNST. The announcement is scheduled for 3pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check” here on AM1570 WNST.net.

We discussed a slew of names for Local Sportsperson of the Year this year. Here is a reminder of our previous winners.

2008-Michael Phelps
2009-Todd Bozeman
2010-Greivis Vasquez
2011-Rob Ambrose
2012-Buck Showalter

We discussed a number of names for “Local Sportsperson of the Year” in 2013. As a reminder, there are only three qualifications when it comes to the award.

First, the person must be local. They must be an athlete, coach or front office member for a pro, college or high school team in the state of Maryland. Individual sport athletes who represent the state of Maryland also qualify.

Second, the person must stand out from other people over the course of the 12 calendar months. The accomplishments of that individual must be comparable to if not greater than the accomplishments of others in the area.

And finally, that person’s year must stand out from other years during their tenure/career in the area.

Here are our five finalists for 2013 in alphabetical order by last name.

Paul Cantabene (Stevenson Lacrosse Coach)

Cantabene guided the Mustangs to the Division III National Championship, the first national championship of any kind in school history. Cantabene has steadily built the program as a major national power since his arrival in Owings Mills and has himself become a very hot commodity in the world of college lacrosse coaching. Cantabene is not a native Baltimorean but is about as close as can be, having coached at Johns Hopkins, Towson and Maryland after finishing his playing career at Loyola.

Chris Davis (Baltimore Orioles 1B)

Davis finished third in AL MVP voting in 2013 and was named “Most Valuable Oriole” by local media after a remarkable season that saw him break Brady Anderson’s club single season home run record with 53. Davis was far from a one trick pony, adding 42 doubles to hit .286 with a .370 on base percentage and added 138 RBI. Davis also played a high level of defense in his first full season at first base, helping the Orioles to a winning record for a second straight season.

Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens QB)

While Flacco’s (and the Ravens’) 2013 season sputtered following the signing of a long-term contract extension, it cannot be forgotten how Calendar 2013 began. Flacco’s remarkable 11 touchdown, zero interception postseason run ended with the quarterback claiming Super Bowl XLVII honors and bringing Charm City their first championship in over a decade. Despite Flacco’s underwhelming numbers, he was still a finalist for Most Valuable Raven in the 2013 season and came up with a number of spectacular throws during the season.

John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens Head Coach)

The conversation surrounding Flacco must also include Harbaugh, who deftly guided the Ravens to that Super Bowl title. Harbaugh’s run of reaching the playoffs in every season as head coach ended in 2013, but the calendar year began with the coach finishing his finest season since replacing Brian Billick.

Terrance West (Towson RB)

West is the only native Baltimorean to be named a finalist in 2013, leading the Tigers to the NCAA FCS Championship Game January 4. West seemingly smashed every school record in the process, being named All-American, CAA Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award-FCS’ equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. The junior back is Baltimore through and through, having attended Northwestern High School and growing up watching and rooting for the Baltimore Ravens.

(Other candidates who were considered for this year’s honor included Ravens K Justin Tucker, Orioles 3B Manny Machado, UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi, University of Maryland midfielder/Tewaaraton Trophy winner Katie Schwarzmann, Former St. Frances basketball player Tevon Saddler and more.)

Who do you think should receive the annual WNST honor? We’ll make the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

-G

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