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Ravens-Browns: Five predictions for Sunday

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Ravens-Browns: Five predictions for Sunday

Posted on 20 September 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens will attempt to go 2-1 against the AFC North to begin the 2014 season, but the Cleveland Browns stand in their way while feeling good about themselves following last week’s surprising win over the New Orleans Saints.

While Baltimore has benefited from extra rest after a Thursday night win over rival Pittsburgh in Week 2, Cleveland has used a strong running game led by Towson product Terrance West while committing no turnovers through the first two weeks of the season. The Browns’ summer quarterback controversy between veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel has also subsided with the former off to an efficient start in his return from a season-ending knee injury last season.

Sunday marks the 31st all-time meeting between these AFC North rivals with the Ravens enjoying a 22-8 advantage and a 10-5 edge at FirstEnergy Stadium. Baltimore is 11-1 against the Browns since 2008 with last year’s 24-18 loss in Cleveland the first defeat over that stretch.

Here’s what to expect as the Ravens try to win their sixth game in seven tries in Cleveland in the John Harbaugh era …

1. Torrey Smith finally gets his 2014 season going, making six catches for 95 yards and a long touchdown reception. Aside from a long touchdown to Steve Smith on a broken play in the season opener, quarterback Joe Flacco hasn’t taken many deep shots, but that could change on Sunday with the Browns looking to clean up their run defense and fully aware of Gary Kubiak’s use of Steve Smith and the tight ends in the short-to-intermediate passing game. Torrey Smith has been held to just four catches for 60 yards in his first two games, but that will change on Sunday as he catches a 40-plus-yard touchdown to beat Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine in the first half.

2. The Browns running game picks up 130 yards on the ground to win the time of possession battle. The Ravens defense was very physical against Pittsburgh, but it’s difficult to determine how much of that was about playing their biggest rival in a prime-time game and handling an inferior offensive line. Cleveland has averaged an impressive 5.1 yards per carry and won’t match that impressive clip, but West and fellow rookie Isaiah Crowell will grind out tough yards to keep the Baltimore defense on the field too long. A key matchup will be Pro Bowl center Alex Mack going up against second-year nose tackle Brandon Williams, and the Browns will have the edge there to find some running room inside.

3. Terrell Suggs collects his first sack of the year in a difficult battle against Browns tackle Joe Thomas. The six-time Pro Bowl linebacker has more career sacks (15) against Cleveland than any opponent, but only seven have come since 2007 when the Browns drafted the seven-time Pro Bowl selection Thomas. Even though the Ravens insist Suggs has played very well and Pro Football Focus has graded Suggs as the team’s best defensive player through two weeks, the 12-year pass rusher has collected only one sack in his last 10 games dating back to last season and hasn’t been making high-impact plays since the first half of 2013. Suggs and fellow rusher Elvis Dumervil need to put heat on Hoyer, and Suggs will break through for his first sack since Week 16 of last year.

4. Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins beats a rusty Lardarius Webb for a touchdown catch from the slot. With Webb listed as probable on the final injury report, it appears the Ravens will have their full secondary at their disposal for the first time since the beginning of training camp. However, it remains to be seen how much rust the sixth-year corner will need to shake off even after practicing fully for the last three weeks. Meanwhile, the Browns are without suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon, but the shifty Hawkins has been very effective out of the slot where he has lined up more than half of the time, leading the team with 14 catches for 157 yards. He’ll catch his first touchdown on a quick out route as Webb misses the tackle on the play.

5. A fourth-quarter touchdown run by West is the difference as the Ravens’ road struggles from last season carry over to Sunday in a 20-17 loss to Cleveland. It’s easy to be encouraged by what Baltimore did playing at home last Thursday night, but the Ravens have almost always played well at home even in some of their worst seasons. A 2-6 road record in 2013 is difficult to forget, particularly because it was the Ravens defense that struggled in allowing 26.4 points per game on the road compared to 17.6 points surrendered per home contest. A typical, ugly game between the Browns and Ravens will play out once again, but the Cleveland defense bounces back from its poor start to the season while the Baltimore defense is worn down by the running game in the final quarter.

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Secondary remains fluid as Ravens turn attention toward Cleveland

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Secondary remains fluid as Ravens turn attention toward Cleveland

Posted on 15 September 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Returning to work to begin preparations for a Week 3 showdown with the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens weren’t offering clues about the projected state of their secondary.

With starting cornerback Lardarius Webb (back) still waiting to make his 2014 debut and reserve Asa Jackson sustaining a concussion against Pittsburgh last Thursday, the third level of the defense remains fluid as the Ravens look to improve to 2-1 in their three AFC North contests to begin the regular season. Head coach John Harbaugh didn’t shed any light on the status of Jackson or Webb when he met with reporters on Monday afternoon.

“I’m just not going to get into injuries,” Harbaugh said, “because there is just no strategic advantage for us in doing it and putting that information out there. … I’m really optimistic about all our guys — I will say that, with [Jackson] included — but I’ve been optimistic in the past and guys haven’t played. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Webb has practiced fully over the last two weeks, but the sixth-year defensive back missed all of training camp and the preseason after suffering back spasms on July 25, the second day of full-team workouts. The Ravens and Webb are reportedly targeting this Sunday’s game for him to make his return, but doubts will remain until he’s suited up to play on Sunday.

After going with the trio of Jimmy Smith, Chykie Brown, and Jackson in the nickel package in the season opener, defensive coordinator Dean Pees used a different alignment against the Steelers with strong safety Matt Elam defending the slot and reserve Jeromy Miles playing safety in the nickel alignment. Smith and Jackson started the game at the outside corner spots — with Brown on the sideline — before a concussion ended Jackson’s night in the first half and forced Brown into duty.

With Brown shaky in outside coverage throughout the summer and Jackson missing a couple tackles from the nickel spot against the Bengals, the Ravens went with the versatile Elam to provide more support from the nickel against the run. Harbaugh complimented Elam’s ability to pick up the intricacies of playing the position to provide more flexibility for the Baltimore defense.

“We’re blessed with safety depth, so it’s not a bad thing to get those guys on the field,” Harbaugh said. “But a guy like Matt being in there playing [the nickel] gives you a nice little run-nickel package, because he’ll fly around and hit you and tackle you. He’ll be the first to tell you he tackled better in the second half than he did the first half. It builds our defensive package in good ways, because now you have a guy in there playing that can really defend the run, too.”

Against Pittsburgh, Elam played all 59 defensive snaps — most of them from the nickel position — while Miles participated in 48, a major change for a fifth-year safety primarily known for his special-teams ability.

West playing hometown team

Former Towson standout and Northwestern High product Terrance West’s NFL career is off to a strong start with the Browns, which has drawn plenty of attention from Ravens fans who clamored for the organization to draft him back in May.

West became the first rookie running back to collect at least 90 yards from scrimmage in his team’s first two games since Chris Johnson and Matt Forte — two Pro Bowl running backs — did it in 2008. In the wake of the Ray Rice release, it would be understandable for the Ravens to lament the inability to come away with the local product after he was selected with the 94th overall pick by Cleveland. Baltimore selected safety Terrence Brooks with the 79th overall pick and tight end Crockett Gillmore at 99th after West had just come off the board.

“Terrance is a guy that we really liked, as you know,” Harbaugh said. “We had designs on him in the draft, certainly, and Cleveland jumped up there and got him, and he has not disappointed. He has played really downhill, [and is a] hard runner, make-you-miss type of back [who] understands the scheme they’re running really well.”

West is receiving a heavier workload than anticipated with Browns veteran Ben Tate currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Hill reinstated before Week 7?

Despite reports suggesting suspended safety Will Hill could have his ban reduced under the terms of the NFL’s new drug policy, Harbaugh offered no indication whether that would happen when posed the question.

Hill is in the midst of a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. After receiving limited reps in the summer due to his situation, he could be an intriguing option at the safety position whenever he is reinstated.

“I have no sense of [a possible reduction] at all,” Harbaugh said. “No one has spoken to me about that, and I don’t know a thing about that right now. I’m interested in it though.”

Odds & ends

Harbaugh defended linebacker Courtney Upshaw’s technique on the penalized hit against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the opening drive of Thursday’s game, insisting he did exactly what he’s been coached and to play it differently would have put him at risk for injury. “We’re never going to put our player in position to coach him to drop his head. Football has always been about seeing what you hit — heads-up football keeping your eyes up.” … Asked about the chances of seeing Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel on the field, Harbaugh said the Ravens will be prepared for the first-round pick while also going out of his way to praise starter Brian Hoyer. “He’s the best quarterback they’ve had in a number of years. He’s playing great. Then, they have Johnny Manziel as part of their arsenal. So, it’s something to contend with for sure.” … The Ravens signed rookie free agent cornerback Lou Young to their practice squad Monday to fill the spot vacated by cornerback Jamell Fleming, who was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to their 53-man roster last week.

 

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Former Towson RB West participating in NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Posted on 31 May 2014 by WNST Staff

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Former Towson football running back Terrance West will be among the group of 35 top rookies from the 2014 NFL Draft class who will come together in Los Angeles from May 29-31 to learn the business of football at the 20th annual National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Rookie Premiere.

Throughout the event, players will gain information to assist in the development of their professional careers. The union’s annual orientation includes seminars focused on financial planning, brand building, group player rights, and social media best practices.

Among the featured guest speakers are former and active NFL players Marshall FaulkWillie McGinestTorry HoltBrandon WilliamsDaunte CulpepperKevin BentleyJamaal CharlesIsrael Idonije and Austin Pettis. Additional speakers include NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFL Players Inc. (NFLPI) President Keith Gordon.

“NFLPA Rookie Premiere is an unparalleled opportunity for our partners to engage with tomorrow’s most influential athletes today,” said Gordon. “For the first time as professionals, players will learn about the business of football from fellow players, union leadership, and industry experts as they start to build a game plan to succeed beyond their playing careers.”

The three-day event, hosted by NFLPI, the marketing and licensing arm of the NFLPA, will also feature one of the most thrilling moments for any rookie – wearing their official Nike team uniforms for the first time during photo shoots with trading card companies Panini America and Topps at LA Memorial Coliseum.

Other notable rookies joining West at the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere include quarterback Blake Bortles (Central Florida, Jacksonville Jaguars), quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville, Minnesota Vikings), defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina, Houston Texans), wide receiver Marqise Lee (Southern Cal, Jacksonville Jaguars), linebacker Khalil Mack (Buffalo, Oakland Raiders), quarterback Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, Cleveland Browns) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Clemson, Buffalo Bills).

Launched in Los Angeles in 1994, NFLPA Rookie Premiere is unique across professional sports as the event provides business partners with unmatched access to many of the NFL’s most promising and marketable young stars. Each year, NFLPI facilitates approximately 100 individual player service deals for NFLPA Rookie Premiere participants.

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Terrance West receives one final honor from Towson

Posted on 13 May 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Terrance West of the football team and Kaitlin Burke of the women’s swimming and diving squad were named the Towson University Athletes of the Year on Monday night at the Golden PAWS event in SECU Arena. The event was held to honor and remember the successes achieved by the Tiger teams during the 2013-14 season.

“The Golden PAWS banquet is a night for our student-athletes to celebrate their accomplishments and the accomplishments of their peers during the 2013-14 season,” said Towson deputy director of athletics Tricia Turley Brandenburg. “From our football team’s trip to the FCS National Championship game to our women’s lacrosse team reaching its third-straight NCAA tournament, it’s been another successful year for Tiger athletics.

“We’re grateful for all our sport programs to be able to share their success and to celebrate our student-athletes.”

A three-time All-America running back, West was a consensus All-America first team selection in 2013 when he led all college football players with 2,509 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. Honored as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2013 Walter Payton Award, West led the Tigers to the NCAA FCS championship game. With 2,509 rushing yards, West shattered the NCAA FCS single season record of 2,326 yards set by Jamaal Branch of Colgate in 2003. He also broke the NCAA FCS record with 42 touchdowns, eclipsing the record of 39 set by Omar Cuff of Delaware in 2007.

Burke earned CAA Swimmer of the Year honors for the second straight season in 2013-14. She is one of two Tigers to win that award twice. Burke was undefeated in the dual meet season and won three individual events and a relay at the CAA meet. She earned honorable mention All-America honors after placing 11th at the NCAA Championship in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16:04. The senior captured the 1650-free (16:11.55) and the 500-free (4:41.07) for the third year in a row and took first place in the 200 free (1:46.46) for the third time in her career. She was also a member of the Tigers’ first-place 800 freestyle relay team.

Burke also took home the Female Senior Achievement award, while the Male Senior Achievement award went toEric Pike of the football team.

Burke is a two-time honorable mention All-America honoree. She was named the CAA Swimmer of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Burke was named the CAA Rookie Swimmer of the Year in 2011. She won nine individual events in the CAA Championship meet during her career. Burke was named the CAA Swimmer of the Week multiple times in her career including four weeks as a senior.

A two-year captain, Pike was a consensus first team All-America selection as a senior. He earned All-CAA honors three times, including first team notice as a junior and senior. During his career, he helped the Tigers win two CAA championships and make two appearances in the NCAA FCS playoffs. As a senior, he helped the Tigers post a 13-3 record and reach the national championship game. Pike was named as the winner of the Doc Minnegan Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player. He set a school record by starting all 50 games of his college career and is only the third offensive lineman to win the award which was started in 1969.

The Male and Female Rookie of the Year awards went to Darius Victor of the football team and Gabby Cha of the women’s lacrosse squad.

Victor earned first team freshman All-America notice from the College Sports Journal. Named as the winner of the CAA Offensive Freshman of the Year award, Victor was the team’s second-leading rusher. He ran for 629 yards on 98 carries and led the CAA by averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He also caught five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. In the Tigers’ post-season run to the NCAA FCS championship game, Victor rushed for 219 yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 52 yards and scored a touchdown.

Cha burst on to the scene for women’s lacrosse and played a key role through their CAA Championship run and first round NCAA Tournament game. Named the CAA Rookie of the Year, she finished third on the team with 36 points on 22 goals and 14 assists. She is the fourth Tiger and first since 2006 to earn CAA Rookie of the Year honors. Cha was a three-time CAA Rookie of the Week honoree. During CAA play, Cha tied for second in the league in assists per game (1.60). She recorded a point in 16 of the team’s 19 games this season and has three hat tricks on the year.

Honored for their work in the classroom as well as athletically, Joe Gunerman of the men’s golf team andMelanie Rowland from women’s swimming and diving were named the Scholar Athletes of the Year. The scholar athlete award was voted on by the Towson athletic advisors. In addition the Wayne Edwards Academic Team Awards went to men’s golf with a 3.286 cummulative GPA and the gymnastics squad who had a 3.61 GPA.

The strength and conditioning staff selected football’s Doug Shaw and gymnastics’ Alexa Davis as their strength and conditioning award winners. The athletic trainers named Joe McCargo of the football team and Andi Raymond from women’s lacrosse as the Comeback Players of the Year.

For the first time this year a Tiger Spirit Award was given to the student-athlete that exhibits well roundedness by excelling in areas including athletics, academics, community outreach, campus involvement and general positivity and support for the Towson Athletics Community. The players were nominated by the SAAC and voted on by all student-athletes. This year’s Tiger Spirit Award winners were Billy Pappas and Kendall Towe of the swimming and diving teams.

In addition each team had a leadership award winner selected and they are listed below.

Sport Recipient
Baseball Brandon Gonnella
Men’s Basketball Mike Burwell
Women’s Basketball LaTorri Hines-Allen
Cross Country Ashley Simmons
Field Hockey Kelsey Fielder
Football Arnold Farmer
Men’s Golf Matt Fry
Women’s Golf Larissa Spiess
Gymnastics Vicki Vesecky
Men’s Lacrosse John Fennessy
Women’s Lacrosse Kelly Murkey
Women’s Soccer Vasthy Delgado
Softball Maureen Hepner
Men’s Swimming & Diving Billy Pappas
Women’s Swimming & Diving Melanie Rowland
Tennis Nisha Shah
Indoor Track & Field Leslie Miles
Outdoor Track & Field Evan Campbell
Volleyball Paige Sekerak
Cheerleading Alexys Green-Lynch

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Former Towson Star To The Dawg Pound

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Former Towson Star To The Dawg Pound

Posted on 11 May 2014 by Brandon Sacks

Former Towson star running back Terrance West entered into the 2014 NFL Draft unsure of his future.  West, the second runner up for the Walter Payton FCS Player of the Year, was a predicted third round pick entering the draft.  Toward the end of day two, the draft entered into the 90th overall pick and some wondered if West would be taken in the round at all.

Needless to say, these skeptics were wrong.  Just as the prediction said, West was taken in the third round.  The Cleveland Browns traded up in the draft to choose him with the 94th overall pick in the draft, just five picks before the Ravens were set to choose.

West put up video game numbers on the year, amassing 2509 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns, including a 354 yard, five touchdown performance against Eastern Illinois.  This Eastern Illinois team was led by starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was taken 32 picks before West at 62nd overall.

West, a product of Northwestern High School in Baltimore City, played just three seasons as a Tiger.  In his three years, he put up 4584 yards and scored 84 touchdowns, both of which are school records.  He is joining a Browns team that went 4-12 last year and is looking to improve in the division.

Good luck to you, T West, in your NFL career.  We will be rooting for you 14 times a year.

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Former Towson RB West picked by Browns in round three

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Former Towson RB West picked by Browns in round three

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former Towson running back Terrance West was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2014 National Football League Draft on Friday night.

West was the sixth running back taken in this year’s draft and the 94th overall selection.

West becomes the fifth Towson football player to be drafted and the highest ever selection. Offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round at pick No. 125 overall in 2007. Running backs David Meggett (1989) and Tony Vinson (1995) were each chosen in the fifth round and kicker Randy Bielski was chosen in the 12th round in 1980.

West was Cleveland’s fourth pick in the first three rounds. The Browns selected cornerback Justin Gilbert with the eighth overall pick and then traded back into the first round to grab Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd overall pick. Cleveland selected offensive tackle Joel Bitonio with the third pick in the second round (No. 35 overall) and also picked outside linebacker Chris Kirksey from Iowa earlier in the third round.

A three-time All-America running back, West was a consensus All-America first team selection in 2013 when he led all college football players with 2,509 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns.

Honored as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2013 Walter Payton Award, West led the Tigers to the NCAA FCS championship game. With a record of 13-3, the Tigers were national runners-up.

With 2,509 rushing yards, West shattered the NCAA FCS single season record of 2,326 yards set by Jamaal Branch of Colgate in 2003. He also broke the NCAA FCS record with 42 touchdowns, eclipsing the record of 39 set by Omar Cuff of Delaware in 2007.

In his three-year career at Towson, West ran for 4,849 yards on 802 carries with 84 touchdowns. His 84 career rushing touchdowns tied the NCAA FCS record set by Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern from 1998 to 2001.

West, who also caught two touchdown passes in his career, ended his career with 86 total touchdowns scored. He ranks third on the NCAA FCS all-time list of touchdown scorers. Brian Westbrook of Villanova holds the record with 89 touchdowns while Peterson is second with 87 touchdowns.

The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in NCAA FCS in 2011, West earned All-CAA first team honors three times. During his career, West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week seven times.

In 2013, he scored at least one touchdown in all 16 games for the Tigers. He also ran for more than 100 yards 12 times and had four 200-plus-yard games. In the Tigers’ NCAA FCS quarterfinal victory over No. 2 Eastern Illinois, he set an NCAA FCS playoff record by rushing for 354 yards. He also scored five touchdowns against Eastern Illinois.

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OT Pike named Towson football MVP at annual awards banquet

Posted on 27 April 2014 by WNST Staff

ERIC PIKE NAMED AS TIGERS’ MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Tiger Football Honors NCAA FCS Runners-Up

TOWSON, Md. – 
Offensive tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) was named as the winner of the Doc Minnegan Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player at the annual Towson University football awards ceremony on Saturday, April 26.
Pike, who set a school record by starting all 50 games of his college career, is only the third offensive lineman to win the award which was started in 1969. He joins Mike Gunthrop (1992) and Joe Ripple (2005) as the only linemen to be honored with the award which was named in honor of former Towson Director of Athletics Doc Minnegan.
A two-year captain, Pike was a consensus first team All-American selection as a senior. He earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors three times, including first team notice as a junior and senior. During his career, he helped the Tigers win two CAA championships and make two appearances in the NCAA FCS playoffs. As a senior, he helped the Tigers post a 13-3 record and reach the national championship game.
Record-setting running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was named as the Tigers’ Offensive Player of the Year while linebacker Monte Gaddis (Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award winner.
The CAA Offensive Player of the Year, West set NCAA FCS records with 2,509 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. Gaddis made 124 tackles as a senior while earning second team All-CAA notice.
In addition, offensive guard Gavin Class (St. Paul’s School/Monkton, Md.), defensive tackle Arnold Farmer(Baltimore Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and offensive center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) shared the Tiger Award, presented to the player who best exemplifies the characteristics of a Tiger football player.
Freshman punter Jake Ryder (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.) was the winner of the Tiger Scholar-Athlete Award.
Quarterback Ryan Egolf (Bishop Shanahan H.S./Phoenixville, Md.) was the winner of the Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year award while linebacker James Simms (Reservoir H.S./Laurel, Md.) earned the Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year award. The Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year award was presented to defensive back Al Augustine (George Washington H.S./Wyncote, Pa.).
All of the members of the 2013 Tigers were presented with rings commemorating their historic march to the NCAA FCS championship game which included wins over Fordham, No. 2 Eastern Illinois and No. 3 Eastern Washington.
The Tigers’ 14 All-CAA selections were also presented with their awards while the 14 Tigers who were selected to the CAA Academic All-Conference also received their awards.

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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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