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

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TERRANCE WEST, ERIC PIKE NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Ryan Delaire Earns Third Team All-America Honors From College Sports Madness

TOWSON, Md. –  Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior offensive tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) of Towson University have been named as first team selections on the College Sports Madness FCS All-America teams.

In addition, junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) earned third team All-America notice.

West, the leading rusher and touchdown scorer in NCAA FCS, was also named as the College Sports Madness Offensive Player of the Year.

All three Tigers will lead Towson into its second round NCAA FCS playoff game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Now 10-2 on the season, the Tigers are hosting Fordham (12-1).

One of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, West leads NCAA FCS with 155.4 rushing yards per game. He has rushed for 1,865 yards on 301 attempts, an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He needs 135 rushing yards to become the 12th player in FCS history to run for 2,000 yards in a season. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year, West has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.

With a total of 31 touchdowns, West leads all of college football in touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns in 33 games. He also earned first team All-CAA honors for the third straight year.

Pike has been a force on the Tigers’ offensive line for the last four years. In the Tigers’ regular season finale, he set a school record by becoming the first player in school history to play in 46 career games. The 6-5, 298-pound tackle has also started all 46 games.

A two-year co-captain, Pike has been a two-time All-CAA first team selection. He also earned third team notice as a sophomore.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire led the Tigers with 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. A first team All-CAA honoree, he was sixth on the team with 51 tackles. He was also second in the CAA in sacks.

Towson was one of six teams with two All-America first team selections. No. 1 North Dakota State, No. 2 Eastern Illinois, No. 3 Eastern Washington, South Dakota State and Samford also had a pair of first team honorees.

The Tigers were also one of 10 schools with more than two All-American selections.

FCS Football 2013 Madness All-American Teams

SPORTS MADNESS FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

National Coach of the Year:                                         Dino Babers, Eastern Illinois

Offensive Player of the Year:                              Terrance West, Towson University

Defensive Player of the Year:                              Stephon Robertson, James Madison

Freshman of the Year:                                         Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB-           Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

RB-           Zach Zenner, South Dakota State

RB-           Terrance West, Towson University

WR-           Sam Alaja, Fordham

WR-           Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois

WR-           Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

TE-            A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State

OL-           Eric Pike, Towson University

OL-           Billy Turner, North Dakota State

OL-           Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State

OL-           Garrett Frye, Georgia Southern

OL-           Dakota Dozier, Furman

PK-           Colton Cook, Southern Utah

KR-           Xavier Robertson, Southeastern Louisiana

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL-           Sullivan Grosz, Cal Poly

DL-           Davis Tull, Chattanooga

DL-           Zach Hodges, Harvard

DL-           Brad Daly, Montana State

LB-            Stephon Robertson, James Madison

LB-            Justin Shade, Samford

LB-            Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina

LB-            Tyler Starr, South Dakota

DB-           T.J. Lee, Eastern Washington

DB-           Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State

DB-           Marcus Williams, North Dakota State

DB-           Jaquiski Tartt, Samford

P-             Kyle Loomis, Portland State

PR-           Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB-           Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington

RB-           D.J. Adams, Portland State

RB-           Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina

WR-           Lee Kurfis, Lehigh

WR-           Greg Hardin, North Dakota

WR-           Jeremy Butler, Tennessee

TE-            Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville

OL-           Josh Wells, James Madison

OL-           Joe Hook, Maine

OL-           Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington

OL-           Danny Kistler, Montana

OL-           Chris Elkins, Youngstown State

OL-           Dakota Dozier, Furman

PK-           Ray Early, Furman

KR-           Shawn Johnson, Montana State

 

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL-           Collin Albretch, Northern Iowa

DL-           Colton Underwood, Illinois State

DL-           Terrence Fede, Marist

DL-           Mike Reilly, William & Mary

LB-            Jordan Tripp, Montana

LB-            R.C. Kilgore, South Dakota State

LB-            Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington

LB-            Joe Thomas, South Carolina State

DB-           Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman

DB-           Lucky Dozier, Northern Arizona

DB-           Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State

DB-           Jerome Couplin, William & Mary

P-             Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech

PR-           Fabian Truss, Samford

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

QB-           John Robertson, Villanova

RB-           Damarcus James, Jacksonville State

RB-           Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State

WR-           Mike Brooks, Stephen F. Austin

WR-           Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State

WR-           Grant Gellaty, Cornell

TE-            R.J. Rickert, Northern Arizona

OL-           Arinze Agada, McNeese State

OL-           Cody Burgess, Southern Utah

OL-           Ty Gregory, Wofford

OL-           Cole Caruthers, Central Arkansas

OL-           Giovanni Sani, Cal Poly

PK-           Anthony Prevost, Hampton

KR-           Fabian Truss, Samford

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

DL-           Ryan Delaire, Towson

DL-           Robert Simpson, MVSU

DL-           Zack Wagenmann, Montana

DL-           James Cowser, Southern Utah

LB-            Nick Dzubnar, Cal Poly

LB-            Zak Browning, Southern Utah

LB-            Tony Bell, Tennessee-Martin

LB-            Todd Davis, Sacramento State

DB-           Jacob Hagen, Liberty

DB-           Kadeem Wise, Chattanooga

DB-           Greg Worthy, Furman

DB-           Anders Battle, Northern Arizona

P-             Justin Weldon, Sacramento State

PR-           Ellis Henderson, Montana

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Towson faces Fordham Saturday in second round of FCS playoffs

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS HOST FORDHAM IN NCAA FCS PLAYOFF GAME

Seventh-Seeded Tigers Seeking 11th Win of the Season

TOWSON, Md. –  Looking to advance to the quarter-finals of the NCAA FCS Championship, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will host Fordham University in a second-round FCS playoff game on Saturday, December 7 at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers were one of eight seeded teams that received first-round byes. Fordham improved its record to 12-1 with a 37-27 victory over Sacred Heart in a first round game last week.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Ryan Rose and former Delaware Coach K.C. Keeler calling the action.

While the two coaches in the game, Ambrose and Joe Moorhead, have many things in common, Towson and Fordham play two drastically different styles of football. While the Tigers rank among the national leaders by averaging 235.2 rushing yards per game, Fordham passes for 358.3 yards per game.

In 12 games, Towson has scored 61 touchdowns, 40 of which have come on running plays. Fordham has 63 touchdowns, 34 touchdowns on pass plays.

Both coaches are the head coaches at their alma mater. Ambrose graduated from Towson in 1993, and Moorhead is a member of Fordham’s Class of 1996. When Ambrose left the University of Connecticut to become the head coach at Towson, Moorhead succeeded him as the Huskies’ offensive coordinator.

Both Ambrose and Moorhead have orchestrated amazing turnarounds at their schools. In Ambrose’s first two seasons at Towson, the Tigers had a 3-19 record. In the last three years, Towson has a 26-9 mark. In 2011, Fordham was 1-10. In his second season as the Rams’ head coach, Moorhead has led Fordham to a 12-1 record.

In addition, both coaches recorded wins over NCAA FBS programs this season. In August, Ambrose coached the Tigers to a 33-18 victory over Connecticut. A few weeks later, Moorhead guided the Rams to a 30-29 win over Temple.

The Tigers, who are making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in the last three years, have won 14 of their last 16 games dating back to the 2012 season.

Last season, Towson posted a final record of 7-4 and finished the regular season with a four-game winning streak that included road wins against three nationally ranked teams. However, the Tigers did not receive a post-season bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs. That led to the motto for this year’s team, “Leave No Doubt.”

“Everybody had a bad taste in their mouths after last season,” recalls Coach Ambrose. “We were disappointed that we didn’t take care of business when we had the opportunity to do so. We won our last four games and beat some very good teams, but we left our fate in the hands of a committee. We didn’t want that to happen again.”

With their regular season mark of 10-2 and a top five national ranking in the final two polls, the Tigers left no doubt and earned a number seven seed.

The Tiger offense has been led by junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.). Towson ranks among the NCAA FCS leaders, averaging 459.9 yards of total offense per game and 37.2 points per conest.

One of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, West leads NCAA FCS with 155.4 rushing yards per game. He has rushed for 1,865 yards on 301 attempts, an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He needs 135 rushing yards to become the 12th player in FCS history to run for 2,000 yards in a season. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year, West has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.

With a total of 31 touchdowns, West leads all of college football in touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns in 33 games.

Athens is averaging 232.2 yards of total offense per game. He has completed 199 of 316 passes for 2,634 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has only been sacked nine times.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tiger defense. A first team All-CAA selection, he was named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week twice. Honored as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week by “The Sports Network” after the Tigers’ win at Richmond, Clark has made 107 tackles in 12 games. In addition, he leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and has recovered three fumbles, tied for first in the CAA.

The defense will be facing one of the top passing offenses in the nation when the Tigers host Fordham. The Rams average 38.3 points per game, 12th in the nation.

The Tigers will counter with a secondary that includes three All-CAA performers, senior cornerback Jordan Love(Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.), junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) and sophomore safety Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.).

A first team All-CAA selection, Love has made 43 tackles with nine pass breakups. Smith is third on the team with 85 tackles and has broken up 10 passes. He has also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles. Carpenter was also a first team All-CAA honoree after making 65 tackles. He has also intercepted three passes and made two fumble recoveries.

The winner of the Towson-Fordham game will face the winner of the Eastern Illinois-Tennessee State game onDec. 13 or Dec. 14.

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Towson RB West named Walter Payton Award finalist

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

WEST NAMED AS ONE OF THREE FINALISTS FOR PAYTON AWARD

Winner To Be Announced on December 16

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior running back Terrance West of Towson University has been named as one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, it has been announced by The Sports Network.

The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS in 2011, West is joined by sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington and senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois as finalists for the award which is presented to the top player in FCS football.

The winner will be announced at The Sports Network’s FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation on Dec. 16 in Philadelphia. The winners of the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS outstanding defensive player), Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman of the year) and Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year) also will be honored that night.

The 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, West is the leading rusher in FCS, averaging 155.4 yards per game. He has run for 1,865 yards on 301 carries, a 6.2 average, and he has scored 30 rushing touchdowns.

He also leads college football (all divisions) with 31 touchdowns and he has scored at least one touchdown in all 12 games.

“Terrance is the ultimate competitor,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “His desire to win is unparalleled. His hunger for our team’s success makes him the consistent and productive player that he is.”

While leading the Tigers to a 10-2 record and their second NCAA FCS playoff berth in the last three years, West has rushed for 100-or-more yards in 10 of Towson’s 12 games. Named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week four times, he also topped the 200-yard rushing mark three times this season.

The Tigers’ career rushing leader with 4,205 yards, West has scored 75 career touchdowns in 33 games.

A three-time All-CAA first team selection, West ranks third on the NCAA FCS all-time list with those 75 career touchdowns. Former All-Pro Brian Westbrook (1997-2001) of Villanova holds the FCS record with 89 touchdowns while running back Adrian Peterson(1998-2001) of Georgia Southern scored 87 touchdowns in his career.

If West runs for 135 yards or more in the Tigers’ FCS playoff game on Saturday, he will become the 12th player in FCS history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.

West will be trying to become the second Tiger to win the Walter Payton Award. David Meggett won the award in 1988.

All three Payton Award finalists will be playing in the NCAA FCS playoffs on Saturday, Dec. 7. Towson hosts Fordham (12-1) at 1:00 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Adams leads No. 3 Eastern Washington (11-1) against South Dakota State (9-4) at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Garoppolo and No. 2 Eastern Illinois (11-1) will host Tennessee State (10-3) at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

The winner of thee Towson-Fordham game will play the winner of the Eastern Illinois-Tennessee State contest on Dec. 14.

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Towson RB West named CAA Offensive Player of the Year

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff

14 TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-CAA FOOTBALL TEAMS

Terrance West Named As Offensive Player of the Year; Darius Victor Honored As CAA Rookie of Year

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year and is one of 14 Tigers named to the All-CAA teams that were announced by CAA officials on Tuesday.

In addition, freshman running back Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) was named as the CAA’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Tigers, who are seeded seventh in the NCAA FCS playoffs and earned a first round bye, led all CAA schools with 14 selections on the three All-CAA teams. Towson placed eight players on the All-CAA first team, including three players who were repeat selections.

West was named to the All-CAA first team for the third consecutive year. Senior tackles Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) were named first team All-CAA for the second year in a row. Pike was also an All-CAA third team honoree as a sophomore.

The Tigers, who led all CAA schools with eight first-team selections, placed two players on the All-CAA second team and had four players named third team.

William & Mary was second among CAA schools with 11 overall selections, including six first team picks. CAA champion Maine, Richmond and Villanova each had 10 honorees. Maine also had six players named first team All-CAA.

Delaware had nine players honored while New Hampshire placed eight on the All-CAA teams. James Madison had seven players honored and Rhode Island had six.

“Our guys play extremely hard for each other and it is massively gratifying to see their consistent play garner so much respect,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “To have this many young men celebrated for their achievements certainly signify the strength of our efforts and the strength of our program moving forward.”

Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), junior defensive end Ryan Delaire(Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), sophomore safety Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Glen Allen, Va.) rounded out the Tigers’ contingent of first team selections.

Love was a second team All-CAA selection last season.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) was named second team All-CAA for the second year in a row while junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S. /Raleigh, N.C.) also earned second team honors. Smith was a third team honoree last season.

Senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) junior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.), senior center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and junior kick returner Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) were named to the third team.

Kinnard and Wilkins are first-time honorees while Shaw was a second team selection last year. Joseph earned third team All-CAA honors for the second time. He was a second team All-CAA selection as a freshman.

One of the leading candidates for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the top player in FCS football, West leads NCAA FCS with 1,865 rushing yards in 12 games, an average of 155.4 yards per game. While averaging 6.2 yards per carry, he has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.  He has also topped the 200-yard mark three times. He is already the leading career rusher in Towson history with 4,205 yards.

A four-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, West leads the nation (all divisions) with 31 touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns – just 14 shy of the NCAA FCS record held by former NFL All-Pro Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

The second Tiger to be named as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, Victor ran for 410 yards in 10 games as West’s backup. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. He was named as the CAA Rookie of the Week in September.

Pike and Harris are the All-CAA first team tackles for the second year in a row. A two-year co-captain, Pike set a school record on Saturday when he became the first Towson football player to appear in 46 games. A four-year starter, he has started every game of his college career. Harris is a two-year starter at right tackle. Led by Pike and Harris, the Tiger offense set school records with 446 points scored and 5,519 yards of total offense.

A two-year starter at fullback, Holder caught 11 passes for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2013. He also provides the Tigers with a strong blocker in the backfield.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire started 11 of 12 games this season. He ranked sixth on the team with 51 tackles while leading the Tigers with 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. Delaire is second in the CAA in tackles for lost yardage and ranks third in the CAA in sacks.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark leads the Tigers with 107 tackles, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Honored as the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond, Clark is fifth in the CAA in tackles. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and is tied for the CAA lead with three fumble recoveries.

A first-year starter for the Tigers, Carpenter started 10 games at safety and made quite an impact. He made 65 tackles, fourth on the team and broke up four passes. He also intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles. In the Tigers’ win at Richmond, he returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

Despite missing the first two games of the season, Love was seventh on the team with 43 tackles. A transfer from Georgia prior to last season, Love also broke up nine passes, second on the team and fifth in the CAA.

A repeat selection on the All-CAA second team, Gaddis was one of the Tiger captains this season. He was second on the team and 19th in the CAA with 86 tackles. He had two interceptions and five tackles for lost yardage.

The CAA Defensive Player of the Week last week, Smith made 85 tackles, third on the team. He ranked fourth among CAA defensive backs in tackles and broke up 10 passes, third in the CAA. A member of the All-CAA third team last year, Smith also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.

Kinnard was named as a third team All-CAA selection for the first time. Before suffering a season-ending injury, he caught 43 passes for 664 yards and a touchdown. While averaging 60.4 receiving yards per game, he ranked ninth in the CAA. The versatile Kinnard also lined up at quarterback for the Tigers and returned punts and kickoffs.

Wilkins is also a first-time All-CAA selection. Like Kinnard, his season ended early due to an injury. In nine games, he caught 40 passes for 691 yards and four touchdowns. He led the CAA by averaging 17.3 yards per reception and ranked fifth with 76.8 receiving yards per game.

A second team All-CAA selection as a junior, Shaw earned third team honors this season. A starter in 40 of the last 41 games, he has been a fixture and a leader on the offensive line for four years.

Joseph earned All-CAA notice for the third time in his career. As a junior, he averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return and returned two kickoffs for touchdown. The Tigers’ career leader in kickoff returns, he has now returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, a school record.

The Tigers, who are 10-2, are seeded seventh in the FCS playoffs. After a first-round bye, the Tigers will host the winner of the Fordham-Sacred Heart game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers, who have a 26-9 record over the last three seasons, will be making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in three years. Over the last three years, the Tigers are 19-5 in CAA games. After winning the 2011 CAA championship, the Tigers shared the CAA title last year. They tied for second in the CAA with New Hampshire in 2013.

When Towson earned its first NCAA FCS playoff bid in 2011, Towson became the first NCAA school to earn playoff bids at three different levels. Towson went to the Division III playoffs in 1976. The Tigers competed for the Division II championship in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

2013 CAA Football Major Awards (as voted on by the head coaches)

Coach of the Year:                               Jack Cosgrove, Maine, 21 seasons

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

Defensive Player of the Year:             Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr., Linebacker

Special Teams Player of the Year:       Tre McBride, William & Mary, Jr., Kick/Punt Returner

Offensive Rookie of the Year:             Darius Victor, Towson, Fr., Running Back

Defensive Rookie of the Year:            Christophe Mulumba, Maine, R-Fr., Linebacker

 

2013 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB Marcus Wasilewski Maine Senior
RB Omar Osbourne UAlbany Junior
RB Dae’Quan Scott James Madison Senior
RB Terrance West (1) # Towson Junior
FB/HB Emmanuel Holder Towson Sophomore
WR Ben Edwards Richmond Senior
WR R.J. Harris New Hampshire Junior
WR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
TE Justin Perillo Maine Senior
OL Matt Crisafi William & Mary Senior
OL Jeff Gakos Maine Senior
OL Austin Gund Richmond Junior
OL Randall Harris (1) Towson Senior
OL Eric Pike (1) % Towson Senior
PK Sean Decloux Maine Sophomore
KR Mackenzie Elliott Rhode Island Senior
PR Rob Jones Delaware Senior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Rakim Cox Villanova Senior
DL Ryan Delaire Towson Junior
DL Zach Kerr Delaware Senior
DL Mike Reilly William & Mary Junior
DL Jordan Stanton James Madison Senior
LB Telvion Clark Towson Senior
LB Airek Green William & Mary Junior
LB Christophe Mulumba Maine Freshman
LB Luke Rhodes William & Mary Sophomore
LB Stephon Robertson James Madison Senior
CB Kendall James Maine Senior
CB Jordan Love (2) Towson Senior
S Christian Carpenter Towson Sophomore
S Jerome Couplin III William & Mary Senior
P Nick Ferrara Stony Brook Senior
2013 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB John Robertson Villanova Sophomore
RB Andrew Pierce Delaware Senior
RB Nico Steriti New Hampshire Junior
FB/HB Seth Fisher Richmond Sophomore
WR Stephen Barnette Richmond Junior
WR Malcolm Eugene Stony Brook Senior
WR Michael Johnson Delaware Junior
TE Nick Boyle Delaware Junior
OL Ricky Archer New Hampshire Senior
OL Josh Bucci Villanova Senior
OL Joe Hook Maine Senior
OL Bobby Kennedy Delaware Senior
OL Josh Wells James Madison Senior
PK Brandon Jordi Richmond Sophomore
KR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
PR Robbie Jackson Rhode Island Junior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Michael Cole Maine Senior
DL Evan Kelly Richmond Sophomore
DL Antoine Lewis Villanova Senior
DL Josh Moody Rhode Island Senior
DL Tyler Snow James Madison Senior
LB Andrew Bose Rhode Island Junior
LB Pat Callaway Delaware Junior
LB Don Cherry Villanova Sophomore
LB Jawara Dudley Stony Brook Senior
LB Monte Gaddis (2)

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Towson wraps regular season Saturday at James Madison

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 7 TIGERS HOST JAMES MADISON IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

Tigers To Honor 19 Seniors In Pre-Game Ceremonies

TOWSON, Md. –  Closing out the regular season against Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison University, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will try to improve their resume for the NCAA FCS playoffs when they host the Dukes on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m.

The Tigers, who are 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the CAA, have been ranked in the NCAA FCS for most of the season. They should be part of the playoff field but a win over James Madison could earn them a top eight seed.

The game will be televised on NBC SportsNet with Todd Harris and Anthony Herron calling the action.

“We don’t talk about the playoffs in the locker room, says Ambrose, who has guided the Tigers to their third consecutive winning season. “That’s a wasted conversation. We just focus on the next play and the next game. If we win, all of those things will take care of themselves.”

The Dukes, who have gone to the NCAA playoffs five times since 2004, bring a 6-5 overall record and a 3-4 CAA mark to Unitas Stadium for the 25th meeting between the schools.

James Madison holds an 18-5-1 series lead over Towson and has won the last eight meetings in a row. However, the last two games have been very close. In 2010, the Dukes escaped Unitas Stadium with a 17-13 victory. Last year, JMU had to come from behind to edge Towson in the final minute, 13-10.

“We see the bigger picture but we have to focus on the things that make us who we are,” adds Ambrose. “We still have a home game against a tough opponent and it is Senior Day for a group of seniors that helped lay the foundation for success long after this season and we need to celebrate them in the right way.”

The Tigers will be honoring a class that went from rags-to-riches over the last four seasons. When the seniors were freshmen in 2010, they had to endure a 1-10 season. However, they have led Towson to a 25-9 record over the last three seasons.

On Saturday, the Tigers will be honoring quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.), linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), guard Anthony Davis (Clover Hill H.S./Midlothian, Va.), linebacker Anthony DiSanzo (Don Bosco Prep/Fair Lawn, N.J.), kicker Drew Evangelista (Cedar Grove H.S./Cedar Grove, N.J.), tight end Will Fleming (Archbishop Hoban H.S./Akron, Ohio), defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), linebacker Monte Gaddis (Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio),  tackleRandall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), guard Charles Johnson (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), wide receiverLeon Kinnard (Loyola H.S./Reisterstown, Md.), cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.), cornerback Ryan Mays (Franklin H.S./Reisterstown, Md.), tight end James Oboh (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.), running back Sterlin Phifer (Landstown H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.), tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), linebacker Eric Schuster (Reservoir H.S./Laurel, Md.), center Doug Shaw (Loyola H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and kicker D.J. Soven (Cypress Bay H.S./Weston, Fla.).

In that group of 19 seniors, 10 of them are Maryland natives.

In addition, the senior class includes two All-Americans (Pike and Love) and five players who have earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors.

Saturday’s game will be an important one for Pike, the Tigers’ 6-5, 298-pound tackle. On the Tigers’ first offensive play, he will set a school record by playing in the 46th game of his college career. Not only has he played in 46 games, he has also started every one of them.

The Tigers are coming off an impressive 15-9 victory at No. 16 William & Mary last week. Despite being held to their lowest offensive totals in 18 games, the Tigers pulled out the win by shutting out the Tribe in the second half.

In Saturday’s game, junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) will lead the Tiger ground game against the top run defense in the CAA. James Madison is allowing only 97.5 rushing yards per game and has given up only eight rushing touchdowns.

West leads NCAA FCS with 1,765 rushing yards on 279 carries, an average of 160.5 rushing yards per game. He also leads the nation with 28 touchdowns on the season.

Freshman Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) has also been a major part of the Tigers’ success on the ground. He has rushed for 411 yards on 64 carries with five touchdowns. He is averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

The Tigers, who top the CAA in scoring with a school record 418 points, also lead the CAA with 2,711 rushing yards and 5,237 yards of total offense. They have scored 57 touchdowns this season, matching the school record set in 2011.

Clark leads the Tiger defense with 99 tackles in 11 games. He has 4.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for lost yardage. Clark has forced four fumbles and recovered three fumbles. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, he was the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond.

Gaddis is tied for second on the team with 77 tackles in 11 games. He has two interceptions and one recovered fumble.

The Tigers, who have won 13 of their last 15 games dating back to last season, will learn their NCAA FCS post-season fate on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. The team will gather at PAWS in the University Union to watch the selection show. Towson football fans are invited to join the team at PAWS.

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Towson pays visit to CAA foe William & Mary Saturday

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 10 TIGERS VISIT NO. 16 WILLIAM & MARY THIS WEEK

Tigers Seeking To Bounce Back After Bye Week

TOWSON, Md. –  Ranked 10th in NCAA FCS this week, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will go back on the road to face another nationally-ranked Colonial Athletic Association opponent. The Tigers visit William & Mary, the 16th-ranked team in the nation, on Saturday, November 16 at Zable Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

The Tigers and the Tribe are two of four teams tied for second in the CAA this week. Towson (8-2, 4-2) and William & Mary (7-3, 4-2) are tied with Delaware (7-3, 4-2) and New Hampshire (5-4, 4-2) for second in the CAA. No. 6 Maine (9-1, 6-0) leads the CAA and needs one more win to clinch the CAA championship.

The game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan and Zack Maskavich calling the action.

The Tigers, who have won 12 of their last 14 games, will be seeking their 10th consecutive road victory on Saturday. The Tigers, who are 6-0 on the road this season, haven’t lost a road game since a 13-10 loss at James Madison on Oct. 6, 2012.

Towson is coming off a much-needed bye week. Coach Ambrose says, “We really needed it badly. We focused on resting and getting healthy. The guys that needed to rest got their rest. We also worked with the guys who needed it. I feel we optimized our time efficiently.”

This week’s matchup will feature the top offense in the CAA against the top defense in the CAA. The Tigers average 40.3 points per game, a mark that leads the CAA and ranks 11th in NCAA FCS. The Tigers are also averaging a CAA-best 489.5 total yards per game and a CAA-leading 246.3 rushing yards per contest.

The Tribe leads NCAA FCS in scoring defense, allowing 12.2 points per game. In 10 games, the Tribe has allowed only 14 touchdowns. During its three-game winning streak, the Tribe is outscoring its opponents by a 58-17 margin.

While the Tigers have a nine-game winning streak on the road, they will be facing a William & Mary squad that has won all five home games at Zable Stadium this season.

Ambrose knows the Tigers will be facing a formidable challenge this week. He says, “The more that I watch William & Mary on film, the more impressed I am. Their defense is extremely mature, very talented and quite physical. It is one of the best defenses that I’ve seen since I came into this conference. They are incredibly multiple and they have 11 players performing as one. This will be a large challenge for us.”

A leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in FCS football, junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) is the NCAA FCS leader in rushing and touchdowns scored. He has run for 1,608 yards on 249 attempts, a 6.5 average. He is averaging 160.8 rushing yards per game and leads the nation with 26 touchdowns.

West has more touchdowns than three teams in the CAA and 22 teams in NCAA FCS.

When the Tigers take the field at William & Mary, West will also be approaching another milestone. After rushing for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games, West now has 3,948 yards in his career and needs only 52 yards to become the first Towson player with 4,000 rushing yards in his career.

West has already scored a CAA record 68 rushing touchdowns in his career. He has a total of 70 touchdowns in his career, 19 touchdowns shy of the NCAA FCS career record set by Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

While West leads the CAA in rushing, freshman Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) has also been impressive. Victor has rushed for 361 yards on 55 carries in eight games. He ran for a career high 78 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown against Delaware.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 93 tackles, a mark that ties him for third in the CAA. Clark also has 8.5 tackles for lost yardage, including 4.5 sacks. He has forced four fumbles and has three fumble recoveries. Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, he was The Sports Network’s National Defensive Player of the Week after Towson’s win at Richmond three weeks ago.

Junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C. ) is second on the team with 73 tackles. He has broken up six passes and had his first interception of the season against Delaware.

Towson and William & Mary will be meeting for the 10th time this week. The Tribe owns a 7-2 lead in the series. However, the Tigers have won the last two games. Two years ago, the Tigers handed the Tribe a 38-27 in Williamsburg. Last season, the Tigers edged William & Mary at Unitas Stadium, 20-17.

After facing William & Mary this week, the Tigers will close out the regular season next Saturday afternoon when they host James Madison University at 3:30 p.m.

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Towson hosts Delaware in big CAA battle Saturday night

Posted on 01 November 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 7 TIGERS HOST No. 21 DELAWARE THIS WEEK

Tigers Face Blue Hens In Key CAA Contest

TOWSON, Md. –  Returning to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium after two consecutive road games, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will host another Colonial Athletic Association contest between two ranked teams when the Tigers face Delaware at 7:00 p.m.

Ranked seventh in the NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers have an 8-1 overall record and a 4-1 CAA mark. The Blue Hens are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the CAA.  Delaware moved into the Top 25 this week after its win over Rhode Island.

The game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan and Zack Maskavich calling the action.

The Tigers, who have won 12 of their last 13 games, will be seeking their second straight win over Delaware. Last season, Towson edged Delaware in overtime, 34-27. That ended Delaware’s five-game series winning streak. Towson and Delaware will be playing for the 15th time on Saturday night. Delaware owns a 9-5 series lead.

This week’s matchup will feature two of the top offenses in the CAA. Towson averages 41.3 points per game, eighth in the nation. The Tigers top the CAA in scoring while Delaware is third, averaging 34.2 points per contest. The Tigers also lead the CAA in total offense, averaging 489.2 yards per game.

While the Tiger offense is responsible for most of the Tigers’ 51  touchdowns, the Tigers have found other creative ways to score. Towson has scored five defensive touchdowns and two special teams touchdowns.

In the win over Richmond last week, the Tiger defense came up with two touchdowns. Sophomore safetyChristian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) intercepted a pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown in the first half. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore safety Donnell Lewis (Woodside H.S./Virginia Beach, Va. ) is responsible for two of the defensive touchdowns. He had a 43-yard fumble return for a TD at Stony Brook and he intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown at Albany. Senior Thomas Bradley (Montgomery H.S./Gaithersburg, Md.) has the other defensive touchdown. He intercepted a pass and went 90 yards for a TD at Holy Cross.

Junior Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) scored both of the Tigers’ special teams touchdowns. He had kickoff returns for TD’s against Delaware State and Villanova.

Of course, junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) is responsible for most of the Tigers’ touchdowns. He leads the nation with 24 touchdowns in nine games. In fact, West has more touchdowns than five teams in the CAA and 46 teams in NCAA FCS.

A leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award, West also leads the nation in rushing with 1,402 yards in nine games. Last week, he became Towson’s career rushing leader in only his 30th college game. He now has 3,742 yards in his career and has scored a CAA record 66 rushing touchdowns. He has a total of 68 rushing touchdowns.

In the win over Richmond, West ran for a career high 272 yards on 29 carries and tied the school record by scoring five touchdowns. It was the second time this season that he scored five touchdowns in a game.

The matchup with Delaware is also a matchup of two of the best running backs in CAA history.

The Blue Hens are led by senior Andrew Pierce. The 10th-leading rusher in CAA history, Pierce has run for 4,278 yards in his career. He is sixth in the CAA in rushing yards with 641 yards on 133 carries.

Clark is having an outstanding senior season at linebacker for the Tigers. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, he ranks second in the CAA with 88 tackles in nine games. Clark is tied for the CAA lead with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

After making a career high 16 tackles at Richmond, he was named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network.

After hosting Delaware this week, the Tigers will have a much-needed bye next week. The season resumes on Nov. 16 at William & Mary.

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Towson RB West, LB Clark honored by CAA

Posted on 28 October 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Towson takes tricky trip to Richmond Saturday

Posted on 25 October 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. –  For the sixth time in nine games, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will go on the road this week when they visit Colonial Athletic Association rival Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12 noon.

The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet with Brent Harris and Qadry Ismail describing the action.

The Tigers, who are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the CAA, will be facing a Richmond team that is much better than its record suggests. The Spiders have played in tough luck all season and have a 2-5 record. However, their five losses have come by a total of 20 points. Richmond has dropped three two-point decisions, losing to North Carolina State (23-21), Gardner-Webb (12-10) and Rhode Island (12-10).

“Their record means nothing to me,” says Coach Ambrose. “That is not an accurate reflection of how good they are. They have some great football players and they have some great coaches. You can throw out the records this week. This is another week in the CAA and we are going to have an extreme challenge.”

The Tigers enter the game at Richmond as one of the top teams in NCAA FCS football. Towson has been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 all year long and was ranked third for three consecutive weeks. The Tigers’ 7-1 overall record is their best eight-game record as an NCAA FCS program.

The Tigers have been remarkably successful on the road. Towson has won eight consecutive road games, a streak that started on Oct. 27, 2012 with a 49-35 win at Villanova. The Tigers closed out the 2012 season with wins at Delaware and No. 7 New Hampshire to earn a share of the CAA championship with UNH, Villanova and Richmond.

Towson is 5-0 on the road this season, posting wins at Connecticut (33-18), Holy Cross (49-7), North Carolina Central (35-17), Stony Brook (35-21) and Albany (44-17).

The Tigers’ current eight-game road winning streak is the longest in program history.

“This team has a general mentality to focus and ignore the noise,” says Ambrose as he tries to explain the Tigers’ success on the road. “These guys are singularly-minded and they don’t pay attention to a lot of the other stuff that doesn’t matter. This team stays true to one another and does a good job maintaining its focus.”

Averaging 40.5 points per game, the Tigers are ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense and they have been remarkably consistent. In their eight games, the Tigers have scored between 33 and 49 points every week.

Led by senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.), the Tigers are averaging 479.2 total yards per game. Athens has completed 144 of 289 passes for 1,981 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is ranked second in the CAA in passing yardage.

Junior Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) has emerged as a dangerous wide receiver. In the last three games, he has caught 18 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns. He has topped the 100-yard mark in three straight games, only the third Towson player to accomplish the feat. If he reaches 100 yards against the Spiders, he will be the first Tiger to reach that mark in four straight games.

Junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) enters the Richmond game as the leading rusher in the CAA. He has run for 1,130 yards on 191 carries and has scored 19 touchdowns. He enters the Richmond game as the second-leading rusher in school history with 3,470 yards and needs only 132 yards to pass Jason Corle, ’00 and become Towson’s all-time leader.

One of the leading candidates for the Walter Payton Award, West has rushed for more than 100 yards in six of Towson’s eight games this season. A three-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, he has scored at least one touchdown in all eight games. In his career, West has scored 63 touchdowns in only 29 games.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tiger defense with 72 tackles in eight games. Clark ranks sixth in the CAA in tackles.

When the Tigers visit Richmond, they will be facing the Spiders for the ninth time. Richmond holds a 5-3 lead in the series and has won three of the last four contests.

The Tigers will be trying to reverse a disturbing trend when they visit Richmond. In the last four games, the Tigers have gotten off to very slow starts. In fact, the Tigers have been outscored by a 62-12 margin. Fortunately, the Tigers have bounced back to win three of those games.

At Stony Brook, the Tigers trailed by 14-0 before rallying for a 35-21 victory. In a 44-28 victory over New Hampshire, the Tigers had to overcome a 20-3 deficit. However, Villanova grabbed a 21-6 first quarter lead before holding on for a 45-35 win. Last week, the Tigers rallied from a 7-3 first quarter deficit and beat Albany, 44-17.

The Tigers have been a second half team all season. In the second half of games, the Tigers have outscored their opponents by a 159-49 margin. In the third quarter, Towson owns a 94-14 advantage.

After their trip to Richmond, the Tigers return to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2when they host Delaware at 7:00 p.m.

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Towson tries to bounce back with visit to Albany Saturday

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

No. 7 TIGERS VISIT ALBANY IN CAA CONTEST

Tigers Seeking To Bounce Back From First Loss Of Season

TOWSON, Md. –  Coming off their first loss of the season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will be trying to pull out a victory when the seventh-ranked Tigers (6-1, 2-1) travel to Albany (1-6, 0-3) to face the Great Danes in a Colonial Athletic Association contest on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan and Zack Maskavich calling the action.

The Tigers, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped by Villanova last week, will be trying to avoid the slow starts that have plagued them in their last three games. Last week, the Tigers spotted Villanova a 21-0 lead before falling, 45-35. Two weeks ago, New Hampshire grabbed a 20-3 lead in the first quarter before the Tigers rallied for a 44-38 win. In late September, the Tigers had to rally from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to beat Stony Brook, 35-21.

“Everything is a learning experience and I think we learned a lot from the loss to Villanova,” says Coach Ambrose. “I have never seen a first half like the one we played against Villanova. We ran only 11 plays and trailed by 38-14 at halftime. I give our players a lot of credit for the way they battled back to make a game out of it.”

Although the Tigers saw their 10-game winning streak ended by Villanova, they have won seven consecutive road games. In fact, Towson has won eight of its last nine CAA road games dating back to the 2011 season.

Towson started its school-record road winning streak on Oct. 27, 2012 with a 49-35 win at Villanova. Since then, the Tigers have picked up wins at Delaware, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Holy Cross, North Carolina Central and Stony Brook.

The Tiger offense, which is ranked 10th in NCAA FCS, enters the Albany game averaging 40.8 points per game. The Tigers are also second in the CAA in total offense, averaging 465.9 yards per game. The Tiger offensive line has done a terrific job protecting senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.). Athens has only been sacked three times in seven games.

Athens, who ranks fifth in the CAA in passing efficiency, has completed 122 of 195 passes for 1,687 yards and 10 touchdowns. Junior Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) and senior Leon Kinnard (Loyola H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) are tied for the team receiving lead. Wilkins has caught 31 passes for 533 yards and three touchdowns while Kinnard has 31 receptions for 442 yards and one touchdown.

The Tiger offense is led by junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.). The leading rusher in the CAA, West has rushed for 947 yards in seven games, a 135.3 average. He has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in five games and has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times.

With 17 touchdowns in seven games, he leads NCAA FCS.

West is the second-leading rusher in Towson history. In 28 games, he has rushed for 3,287 yards on 558 carries. In his career, he has scored 60 rushing touchdowns and has a total of 61 touchdowns.

The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as a freshman, he is one of the leading candidates for the Walter PaytonAward.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 64 tackles. He ranks fifth in the CAA.

Towson will be facing Albany for the fifth time ever. However, this is the first time that the teams have met as conference rivals. The Great Danes are first-year members of the CAA.

Towson and Albany have split their four-game series. The home team has won each game. The Tigers won the most recent meeting, a 35-16 victory in 2004.

After playing at Albany this week, the Tigers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they visit Richmond for a 12 noon game.

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