TIGER BOWL IV SET FOR APRIL 26 IN UNITAS STADIUM
Tiger Bowl To Conclude Tigers’ Spring Season
TOWSON, Md. – Coming off a historic 2013 season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will conclude their spring season when the Tigers host Tiger Bowl IV on Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Last year, the Tiger Bowl attracted more than 1,500 fans to Unitas Stadium. Admission to the Tiger Bowl is free and it is open to the public.
Although there is no admission charge to Tiger Bowl IV, all fans attending the game are asked to donate food items to Maryland Food Bank on their way into the stadium. The Maryland Food Bank will have barrels placed outside the stadium to collect donations.
Schedule cards and posters will also be available to everyone attending Tiger Bowl IV.
Current season ticket holders are encouraged to renew their season tickets at Tiger Bowl IV. New season tickets can also be purchased at the event. The Towson Athletics ticket office will be open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
Veteran Tiger football fans may need a game program to identify the Tiger players who are participating in Tiger Bowl IV. The Tigers graduated 19 seniors from the 2013 squad that reached the NCAA FCS championship game. In addition, All-American Terrance West decided to forgo his senior season and made himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
The Tigers lost two consensus first team All-Americans (Eric Pike and West) and four other players who earned All-American notice (Randall Harris, Jordan Love, Monte Gaddis and Telvion Clark). A total of eight of those players were named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association teams.
However, the Tigers still have cause for optimism. Fullback Emmanuel Holder, a first team All-CAA selection last season, and wide receiver Spencer Wilkins, a third team All-CAA pick in 2013, provide the offense with two talented players with experience.
The defense has six starters returning from last year’s squad. Defensive ends Ryan Dellaire and Drew Cheripkojoin Jon Desir as veterans returning on the defensive line. Dellaire earned first team All-CAA honors last season and ranked among the national leaders with 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for lost yardage. In the secondary, cornerback Tye Smith returns along with safeties Donnell Lewis and Christian Carpenter.
Smith earned All-America notice after making 103 tackles with two interceptions and 12 pass breakups. A first team All-CAA selection as a sophomore, Carpenter made 98 tackles and intercepted four passes last season. Honored as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week twice, Lewis made 93 tackles, intercepted four passes and had 13 pass breakups.
The Tiger defense is bolstered by the return of linebacker Bryton Barr, who missed last season with an injury. Two years ago, Barr made 77 tackles as a first-year freshman at outside linebacker.
In addition to all the newcomers on the roster, the Tigers’ spring season has been hampered by the absence of a significant number of players who have been recovering from off-season surgeries.
“Last year was a great one but it was also a long season,” says Ambrose. “We basically played an NFL schedule (16 games). We opened our season five days before the Baltimore Ravens did and we were still playing when their season ended. That is a lot of football. Players get hurt and they need time to recover. We have great doctors and a great rehab team. But it still takes time.
“We are very, very young,” adds Ambrose, who has led Towson to a 32-29 record in five years as the Tigers’ head coach. “However, we are also very talented. All these guys need is some experience.”