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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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Towson OT Pike, RB West pick up more All-America honors

Posted on 23 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ERIC PIKE, TERRANCE WEST NAMED FIRST TEAM AFCA ALL-AMERICANS

Tigers One of Five Schools With Two All-Americans

WACO, TEX. — Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) of Towson University have been named as members of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team announced today by the AFCA.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best – the coaches themselves.

West and Pike have led the Tigers to a 13-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS Championship Game on Jan. 4.

The leading rusher in all of college football, West has rushed for 2,410 yards on 391 carries, setting an NCAA FCS single season record. The Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, he also leads college football with 41 touchdowns scored, including 40 rushing TD’s. His 41 touchdowns are also an FCS single season record.

A 6-5, 298-pound tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who has started all 49 games of his college career. A two-time All-CAA first team tackle, he set a school record by playing in 49 games.

West and Pike were also named to the Walter Camp All-America first team and The Sports Network All-American first team.

Towson was one of five schools with two players named to the first team. Eastern Illinois, Eastern Washington, North Dakota State and Montana also had two All-American selections.

 

2013 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team

Offense

Pos      Name                           Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  School                   Coach                Hometown (High School)

WR        Cooper Kupp                  6-2   195   Fr.  Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin      Yakima, Wash. (Davis)

WR        *Erik Lora                     5-11  190   Sr.  Eastern Illinois        Dino Babers        Miami, Fla. (Columbus)

TE         MyCole Pruitt                6-3   250  Jr.  Southern Illinois      Dale Lennon        St. Louis, Mo. (Kirkwood)

OL        Eric Pike                       6-5   298  Sr.  Towson                   Rob Ambrose      Landover, Md. (DuVal)

OL        Dakota Dozier               6-5   303  Sr.  Furman                   Bruce Fowler      West Columbia, S.C. (Brookland-Cayce)

C          Jared Singleton             6-2   309  Sr.  Wofford                   Mike Ayers         Lugoff, S.C. (Lugoff-Elgin)

OL        Billy Turner                   6-6   314   Sr.  North Dakota State  Craig Bohl          Shoreview, Minn. (Mounds View)

OL        Danny Kistler, Jr.          6-8   315   Sr.  Montana                  Mick Delaney      Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea)

QB        Jimmy Garoppolo          6-3   222  Sr.  Eastern Illinois        Dino Babers        Arlington Heights, Ill. (Rolling Meadows)

RB        Terrance West               5-11  223  Jr.  Towson                   Rob Ambrose      Baltimore, Md. (Northwestern)

RB        *Zach Zenner                6-0   220  Jr.  South Dakota St.      John Stiegelmeier      Eagan, Minn. (Eagan)

 

Defense

Pos      Name                           Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  School                   Coach                Hometown (High School)

DL        Zach Hodges                 6-3   235  Jr.  Harvard                  Tim Murphy        Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Exeter Academy)

DL        *Davis Tull                    6-3   240  Jr.  Tenn.-Chattanooga Russ Huesman    Knoxville, Tenn. (Bearden)

DL        Colton Underwood         6-4   255  Sr.  Illinois St.               Brock Spack       Washington, Ill. (Washington)

DL        Brad Daly                      6-1    240  Sr.  Montana St.             Rob Ash              Helena, Mont. (Capital)

LB        Jordan Tripp                  6-3   237  Sr.  Montana                  Mick Delaney      Missoula, Mont. (Big Sky)

LB        Stephon Robertson         5-11  230  Sr.  James Madison        Mickey Matthews       Alexandria, Va. (Edison)

LB        Cqulin Hubert                6-1    250  Sr.  SE Louisiana            Ron Roberts        Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)

DB        Emory Polley                 5-9   175   Sr.  Brown                     Phil Estes           University Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Hts)

DB        T.J. Lee III                    5-9   190   Sr.  Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin      Seattle, Wash. (West Seattle)

DB        *Marcus Williams          5-11  192   Sr.  North Dakota St.      Craig Bohl          Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins)

DB        Daniel Fitzpatrick          6-2   210   Jr.  Tennessee St.          Rod Reed            Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Concordia Lutheran)

 

Specialists

Pos      Name                           Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  School                   Coach                Hometown (High School)

P          Kyle Loomis                  6-2   210   Jr.  Portland St.             Nigel Burton       Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg)

PK        Tyler Sievertsen            6-2   185   Sr.  Northern Iowa         Mark Farley        Cedar Rapids, Iowa (C.R. Kennedy)

AP        Fabian Truss                  5-9   185   Sr.  Samford                  Pat Sullivan        Birmingham, Ala. (Shades Valley)

*-2012 All-American

Team Background: The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.

From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006.

 

Top Teams: Eastern Kentucky has been represented a total of 23 times by 21 players on the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team since 1979. The Colonels are followed by Appalachian State (23/17), Montana (23/22), Delaware (20/17), Eastern Washington (19/18), Furman (19/18), Northern Iowa (19/16), Georgia Southern (17/13), Lehigh (15/15), Portland State (15/15), Youngstown State (15/14), Grambling State (14/13), Stephen F. Austin (14/13), Eastern Illinois (14/12), New Hampshire (14/12), Jackson State (13/12), Weber State (13/12), Montana State (12/12) and James Madison (11/11) among current FCS schools.

 

Top Conference: The Colonial Athletic Association (formerly Atlantic 10) (122 appearances/112 players) is tops among all FCS conferences on the AFCA FCS Coaches All-America Team since 1979. Following the CAA is the Southern (111 appearances/97 players), Missouri Valley Football (formerly Gateway) (90/82), Big Sky (87/85), Ohio Valley (65/60), Southland (62/57), Southwestern Athletic (54/52), Patriot (48/47), Ivy League (33/33), Mid-Eastern Athletic (30/28), Northeast (15/13), Pioneer (13/13) and Big South (9/9). These totals reflect FCS selections only from current conference members. Several schools had additional players chosen when they played in divisions other than FCS.

 

2013 Conference-by-Conference Breakdown: Big Sky – 6; Missouri Valley – 6; Southern – 4; Colonial – 3; Ohio Valley – 3; Ivy – 2; Southland – 1.

 

Consecutive Years: Eastern Kentucky leads all schools, having had at least one player named to the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team in each of the first 15 years a FCS team was chosen (1979-93). Eastern Washington has the longest current streak at six straight years from 2008 to present.

 

Long Time Coming: Senior linebacker Cqulin Hubert makes the AFCA FCS All-America Team for Southeastern Louisiana, marking the first time the Lions’ have had a representative since 1985, when defensive lineman Willie Shepard made the team.

 

Repeat After Me: Eastern Illinois’ Erik Lora, South Dakota State’s Zach Zenner, Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Davis Tull and North Dakota State’s Marcus Williams were elected to the AFCA FCS All-American Team for the second consecutive year.

Linebackers Gary Reasons of Northwestern State (La.) (1981-83) and Dexter Coakley of Appalachian State (1994-96) are the only three-time AFCA All-Americans in Football Championship Subdivision.

 

Yearly Leaders: Alabama State (2012-OL Terren Jones, DB Kejuan Riley and P Bobby Wenzig) joins Grambling State (1979-DL Joe Gordon, LB Aldrich Allen and DB Robert Salters) and Jackson State (1996-QB Grailyn Pratt, LB Otha Evans and DB Sean Woodson) as the only schools to have more than two players named to the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team in one year.

 

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn Coaches’ All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon.

 

Class Distinction: This year’s AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 17 seniors, seven juniors and one freshman.

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Towson RB West, OT Pike pick up more All-America honors

Posted on 21 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ERIC PIKE, TERRANCE WEST EARN WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA HONORS

Tigers Honored After Leading Towson To FCS Semi-Finals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and junior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) of Towson University have been named to the Walter Camp 2013 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Championship Subdivision schools and certified by the accounting and auditing firm, Marcum LLP.

The Walter Camp All-America team is the oldest All-America team selected. Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.

West, the leading rusher in college football with 2,295 yards, also leads all of college football with 39 touchdowns scored. In the NCAA FCS semi-finals, West led the Tigers to a win over Eastern Illinois in the FCS quarter-finals by rushing for an FCS Championship record 354 yards while scoring five touchdowns.

A four-year starter at left tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who set a school record with 48 career games played. When the Tigers face Eastern Washington, he will start in his 49th consecutive game.

Towson was one of four schools with two players selected to the Walter Camp All-America team. Eastern Illinois, Eastern Washington and North Dakota State each had two first-team honorees.

In all, players from eight different conferences and 21 institutions are represented on the 2013 Walter Camp FCS All-America team.   The Big Sky Conference had the most selections with 5, while the Colonial Athletic Association and Missouri Valley Conference each had four honorees.

The Tigers face Eastern Washington in the NCAA FCS semi-finals on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

2013 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team

OFFENSE

Pos.        Name, School                                    Hgt     Wgt         Class          Hometown

WR           Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois #                5-10                   190             Sr.             Miami, Fla.

WR           Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington        6-2       195         Fr.              Yakima, Wash.

TE            Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville          6-3       210         Jr.              Sarasota, Fla.

OL           Dakota Dozier, Furman                       6-5       303        Sr.              West Columbia, S.C.

OL           Eric Pike, Towson                               6-5      298         Sr.              Landover, Md.

OL           Billy Turner, North Dakota State#       6-6      314          Sr.              Shoreview, Minn.

OL           Danny Kistler, Jr., Montana                 6-8      315          Sr.              Seattle, Wash.

C             Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington       6-2      300         Sr.              Vancouver, Wash.

QB           Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois       6-3      222         Sr.              Arlington Heights, Ill.

RB           Terrance West, Towson                       5-11     223         Jr.              Baltimore, Md.

RB           Zach Zenner, South Dakota State#      6-0      220         Jr.              Eagan, Minn.

PK           Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville               6-0       198         Sr.              Snellville, Ga.

DEFENSE

Pos.        Name, School                                    Hgt      Wgt               Class        Hometown

DL           Shaquille Riddick, Gardner-Webb         6-7        240            Jr.             Akron, Ohio

DL           Davis Tull, Chattanooga                      6-3       240             Jr.             Knoxville, Tenn.

DL           Brad Daly, Montana State                    6-1       240            Sr.             Helena, Mont.

DL           Terrance Fede, Marist                         6-5     270            Sr.             Nyack, N.Y.

LB           Justin Shade, Samford                        5-10      229            Sr.             Birmingham, Ala.

LB           Stephon Robertson, James Madison #  5-11        230            Sr.             Alexandria, Va.

LB           Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina            5-10     215                 Jr.             Greenwood, S.C.

DB           Jerome Couplin, William & Mary             6-2    215             Sr.             Upper Marlboro, Md.

DB           Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State          6-0    214          Jr.              Fair Grove, Mo.

DB           Marcus Williams, North Dakota State *  5-11   192             Sr.             Minneapolis, Minn.

DB           Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State      6-2    210          Jr.              Fort Wayne, Ind.

P             Kyle Loomis, Portland State                  6-2      210             Jr.             Roseburg, Ore.

KR           Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana 5-9  170          So.              Atlanta, Ga.

* – 2011 and 2012 Walter Camp FCS All-America selection

# – 2012 Walter Camp All-America selection

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Towson visits Eastern Washington Saturday with NCAA title game berth at stake

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

CHENEY, Wash. – With a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game on the line, Coach Rob Ambrose and the fifth-ranked Towson University football team will visit No. 3 Eastern Washington in a semi-final match-up on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU as Mark Neely and Jay Walker call the action.

The Tigers, who have won a school record 12 games, come into the game with a four-game winning streak and own an 11-game winning streak on the road. The Eagles, who are also 12-2, have a 7-0 record at home and a 10-game winning streak.

For the third consecutive game, the Tigers will be facing high-powered offense led by an outstanding quarterback. In the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs, the Tigers faced Fordham University and quarterback Michael Nebrich. The Rams came into the contest averaging 38.2 points per game but Towson prevailed, 48-28. Last week, the Tigers faced the top-ranked quarterback in FCS, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Eastern Illinois, the top scoring team in NCAA FCS with a 48.3 average. However, the Tigers came from behind to beat the Panthers, 49-39.

Eastern Washington is averaging 40.1 points per game and is ranked sixth nationally. The Eagles also rank fourth in NCAA FCS with 530.1 yards of total offense per game.

“It’s like the Pro Bowl times three,” says Ambrose of having to face a top-flight quarterback for the third straight week. “From Fordham, to Eastern Illinois to Eastern Washington, we’ll have faced the top three quarterbacks in the country by every stat you can imagine. The offense is great, the defense is good and each week the margin for error is smaller.”

In its two NCAA post-season games, the Tiger offense has been very efficient. While averaging 48.5 points per game, the Tigers are averaging 538.5 yards of total offense per contest. The Tigers are also averaging 8.5 yards per play.

All-American running back Terrance West is the focal point of the Tiger offense. West is coming off a record-setting effort against Eastern Illinois, a game in which he broke the NCAA FCS playoff record by running for 354 yards on 39 carries with five touchdowns. West  leads all of college football with 2,295 rushing yards and  earned first team All-America honors for the second time in his career.

The 2013 Colonial Athletic Association 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.

For Eastern Washington, this is the Eagles’ third appearance in the FCS semi-finals in the last four years. The Eagles won the NCAA FCS championship in 2010.

The winner of the Towson-Eastern Washington game will advance to the NCAA FCS championship game on Jan. 4 in Plano, Texas.

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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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Towson RB West, OL Pike named AP All-American

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Ralph D. Russo | The Associated Press

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and fellow Walter Payton Award finalist Terrance West of Towson have been selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team.

Garoppolo passed for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns and won the Payton award as the top player in FCS. The senior led Eastern Illinois (12-2) to the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs.

West has run for 2,295 yards and tied an FCS record with 39 touchdowns to help Towson (12-2) reach this weekend’s semifinals after it eliminated Eastern Illinois last week.

Montana State defensive end Brad Daly, who won the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in FCS, was selected to the first-team defense, along with cornerback Marcus Williams of two-time defending national champion North Dakota State.

FIRST TEAM
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL YEAR
QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois Sr.
RB Terrance West Towson Jr.
RB Zach Zenner South Dakota State Sr.
OL Billy Turner North Dakota State Sr.
OL Eric Pike Towson Sr.
OL Dakota Dozier Furman Sr.
OL Ashton Miller Eastern Washington Sr.
OL Danny Kistler Montana Sr.
WR Erik Lora Eastern Illinois Sr.
WR Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington Redshirt Fr.
TE MyCole Pruitt Southern Illinois Jr.
All-purpose Fabian Truss Samford Sr.
K Seth Sebastien Southeastern Louisiana Sr.
DL Brad Daly Montana State Sr.
DL Shaquille Riddick Gardner-Webb Jr.
DL Davis Tull Chattanooga Jr.
DL Sullivan Grosz Cal Poly Sr.
LB Stephon Robertson James Madison Sr.
LB Justin Shade Samford Sr.
LB Jordan Tripp Montana Sr.
DB Daniel Fitzpatrick Tennessee State Jr.
DB Marcus Williams North Dakota State Sr.
DB Caleb Schaffitzel Missouri State Jr.
DB Jerome Couplin William & Mary Sr.
P Kyle Loomis Portland State Jr.

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Towson RB West wins major FCS award

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TERRANCE WEST EARNS FIRST FCS ADA RUNNING BACK OF THE YEAR AWARD

West Leads College Football In Rushing Yards and Touchdowns

TOWSON, Md. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University was named as the winner of the first Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Running Back of the Year award.

In coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices, the FCS ADA is recognizing the top student-athletes from its institutions at 11 different positions with the FCS ADA All-America Award. The inaugural class includes student-athletes from nine different institutions, representing five different conferences. Voting was conducted by a national panel, consisting of media and SIDs.

West, who leads all of college football with 2,295 rushing yards, has led Towson to a 12-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS semi-finals. The Tigers will face Eastern Washington in the national semi-finals on Saturdayafternoon.

A three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association first team selection, West also leads all college football players with 39 touchdowns and he has tied the NCAA FCS record set by Omar Cuff of Delaware in 2007. In his career, he has scored 83 touchdowns, six shy of the NCAA FCS record set by Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

As a freshman, West was named as the winner of 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.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, lineman Billy Turner of North Dakota State, tight end MyCole Pruitt of Southern Illinois, wide receiver Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois, defensive lineman Brad Daly of Montana State, linebacker Stephon Robertson of James Madison, defensive back Daniel Fitzpatrick of Tennessee State University, place kicker Seth Sebastian of Southeastern Louisiana, punter Kyle Loomis of Portland State and return specialist Xavier Roberson of Southeastern Louisiana were also honored.

 

– TowsonTigers.com –

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Towson RB West finishes 3rd in Payton Award voting

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Heads up, Tony Romo, there is another Eastern Illinois quarterback coming to the NFL.

And Jimmy Garoppolo is bringing his Walter Payton Award with him.

Monday night, Garoppolo became the second Payton Award winner from the Ohio Valley Conference school, following in Romo’s footsteps, by outdistancing Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams and Towson running back Terrance West in the voting for FCS outstanding player honors.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound senior, perhaps the leading offensive candidate from the FCS for the 2014 NFL Draft, gained just over half of the first-place votes – 74 of 147 – and 576 points from a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Adams was second with 446 points and West third with 370.

Garoppolo was spectacular during the regular season when Eastern Illinois went 11-1, won a second straight outright OVC championship and was ranked No. 2 in the nation, losing only to FBS member Northern Illinois by four points.

He ranked first in the FCS in passing yards (4,489), passing yards per game (374.1) and touchdown passes (48), second in total offense (377.9 yards per game) and points responsible for (25.8 per game), third in passing efficiency (170.6), and fourth in completions per game (26.7).

An easy choice for OVC offensive player of the year, Garoppolo threw for seven touchdowns against Illinois State and six against both Northern Illinois and UT Martin. He even caught a touchdown against Jacksonville State

The native of Arlington Heights, Ill. continued to build on his many Eastern Illinois and OVC records throughout the FCS playoffs this month. He finished the Panthers’ 12-2 season completing 375-of-568 pass attempts (66 percent) for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns with only nine interceptions.

“Jimmy has had the best season from a college quarterback that I have ever seen, with the exception of maybe Robert Griffin when he won the Heisman at Baylor,” said EIU coach Dino Babers, in his second season since arriving from Baylor. “He is the engine that makes us go.

“I’m happy for Jimmy, his family and his teammates for all the success he has had on the field this season and these types of awards are rightly deserved.”

Romo, the Dallas Cowboys’ star signal caller, won the Payton Award in 2002.

Adams, a 6-foot, 190-pound redshirt sophomore from Pasadena, Calif., finished EWU’s 10-2 regular season with 4,059 passing yards and a conference-record 46 touchdown passes. With another 491 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, the Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year led the FCS in total offensive yards per game (379.2) as well as passing efficiency rating (185.7).

Adams has taken Eastern Washington to two FCS playoff wins and into the national semifinals. Overall, he is 291-for-444 for 4,600 yards and 53 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He’s raised his rushing yards to 540.

West, a 5-11, 223-pound junior from Baltimore, led the FCS in rushing yards (1,875) and scoring (31 touchdowns) during Towson’s 10-2 regular season. The CAA Football offensive player of the year averaged 6.2 yards on a workhorse 301 carries.

Towson has won two playoff games and West will next square off with Adams in the national semifinals. After rushing for a playoff-record 354 yards against Eastern Illinois in the quarterfinals, West’s amazing season totals are 364 carries for 2,295 yards as well as 39 total touchdowns, which ties the FCS single-season record.

The three Payton Award finalists were feted at The Sports Network’s FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation along with the winners of the Buck Buchanan Award (Montana State defensive end Brad Daly, FCS outstanding defensive player), Jerry Rice Award (Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, FCS freshman of the year) and Eddie Robinson Award (North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl, FCS coach of the year).

Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, who enjoyed his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bears, presented the 27th Payton Award at the national banquet.

There were 147 ballots cast in the 2013 Walter Payton Award voting. The results:

2013 Walter Payton Award Voting
Name School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1. Jimmy Garoppolo E Illinois 74 37 13 8 3 576
2. Vernon Adams E Washington 30 47 26 13 4 446
3. Terrance West Towson 22 22 35 27 13 370
4. Brock Jensen North Dakota St. 8 9 12 13 11 149
5. Michael Nebrich Fordham 3 5 11 9 20 106
6. Zach Zenner South Dakota St. 2 2 10 12 14 86
7. Erik Lora Eastern Illinois 0 3 9 14 18 85
8. Bryan Bennett SE Louisiana 5 1 6 13 8 81
9. John Robertson Villanova 0 2 6 9 6 50
10. Quinn Epperly Princeton 0 6 3 3 9 48
11. Lorenzo Taliaferro Coastal Car. 0 3 6 4 8 46
12. Zach Bauman Northern Arizona 1 2 1 4 5 29
13. Kyle Harbridge Saint Francis 1 3 1 2 4 28
14. Fabian Truss Samford 1 2 1 2 6 26
15. Mason Mills San Diego 0 0 1 7 5 22
16. Timothy Flanders Sam Houston St. 0 0 3 3 4 19
17. Walter Powell Murray St. 0 3 0 1 3 17
18. Lee Kurfis Lehigh 0 0 0 3 4 10
19. Jeff Mathews Cornell 0 0 2 0 0 6
20. Isaiah Crowell Alabama St. 0 0 1 0 2 5

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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 visits Eastern Illinois Friday night in FCS quarterfinal

Posted on 12 December 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 5 TIGERS VISIT No. 2 EASTERN ILLINOIS IN FCS QUARTER-FINALS

Tigers, Panthers To Vie For Spot in FCS Semi-Finals

TOWSON, Md. –  Coming off an impressive 48-28 victory over Fordham University in the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs, Coach Rob Ambrose and the fifth-ranked Towson University football team will travel to No. 2 Eastern Illinois on Friday, Dec. 13 in one of the FCS quarter-final games. Kickoff at O’Brien Field is set for 8:00 p.m. (EST)

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Anish Shroff and Kelly Stouffer calling the action while Brooke Weisbrod serves as the sideline reporter.

The Tigers, who are 11-2 on the season, will be seeking their 11th consecutive road victory when they visit O’Brien Field. During the 2013 season, Towson had the best road record in NCAA FCS with a 7-0 mark. No. 1 North Dakota State and Harvard were 5-0 on the road.

The NCAA FCS quarter-final game will also be a matchup of two of the three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, junior running back Terrance West (Northeast H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson and senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois. West and Garoppolo will be in Philadelphia on Monday evening when the winner of the Walter Payton award is announced.

The Panthers run a fast-paced offense that has compiled some very impressive numbers this season. Garoppolo has thrown 51 touchdown passes and has thrown for 4,729 yards.

Eastern Illinois leads NCAA FCS in scoring, averaging 48.9 points per game. The Panthers have scored at least 34 points in every game this season. Eastern Illinois has topped the 50-point mark seven times in 13 games. Eastern Illinois also leads NCAA FCS in total offense, averaging 595.5 yards per game.

While Eastern Illinois enjoys very quick scoring drives, the Tigers have relied on a solid ground game. Towson is averaging 231.6 rushing yards per game and have scored a school record 44 rushing touchdowns.

West leads the Tiger offense, averaging an FCS-leading 149.3 rushing yards per game. He also leads all of college football with 34 total touchdowns, including 33 rushing TD’s. He is five touchdowns shy of matching the NCAA FCS record for touchdowns scored in a season. Former All-American running back Omar Cuff of Delaware scored 39 touchdowns in 2007.

Last week, freshman Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) turned in a career high performance in the Tigers’ win over Fordham. Victor ran for a career high 105 yards on 12 carries and scored a rushing touchdown. He also scored a 41-yard touchdown on a screen pass to give Towson a 21-7 first half lead.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.) had one of the best games of his college career against Fordham. He completed 13 of 15 passes for 301 yards and a career high three touchdowns. Athens, who has completed 212 of 331 passes for 2,935 yards and 17 touchdowns, ranks third in the Colonial Athletic Association in passing efficiency.

Over the last few weeks, Athens has been working with a new group of receivers since injuries to Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) and Leon Kinnard (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) ended their seasons prematurely. Freshman Andre Dessenberg (Ocean Lakes H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) responded with a big game against Fordham. He caught three passes for 94 yards and caught a 46-yard touchdown pass on a play where the Fordham defensive back was penalized for pass interference.

In the win over Fordham, Athens completed passes to eight different receivers.

The Tiger defense is facing a tough challenge this week against Eastern Illinois. Both of the Tiger cornerbacks, senior Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) have played very well this season. Love, who has 51 tackles, has broken up nine passes and earned All-CAA first team honors. A second team All-CAA selection, Smith has made 87 tackles and has broken up 11 passes.

A first team All-CAA selection, sophomore Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) has made 75 tackles in 11 games. He is second on the team with three interceptions and has recovered two fumbles. The Tigers’ other safety, sophomore Donnell Lewis (Woodside H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.), was the CAA Defensive Player of the Week twice this season. He leads the team with four interceptions and has scored two touchdowns on defense. With 75 tackles, Lewis is tied for fourth on the team.

Senior linebackers Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) and Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) are the Tigers’ leading tacklers. Clark leads the team with 116 tackles, including 10.5 for lost yardage. A first team All-CAA selection, Clark was the CAA Defensive Player of the Week twice this season. He leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and he is tied for the CAA lead with three fumble recoveries.

Gaddis, a second team All-CAA selection, is second on the team with 96 tackles. He also has two interceptions and recovered a fumble.

Strangely enough, these two programs are complete strangers from each other. Towson has never played Eastern Illinois and the Tigers have never played any team from the Ohio Valley Conference. Likewise, Eastern Illinois has never played any teams from the Colonial Athletic Association.

The winner of the Towson-Eastern Illinois game will face the winner of the game between Eastern Washington and Jacksonville State in the semi-finals.

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