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Towson spring game set for Saturday afternoon

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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.”

 

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Towson Tiger Bowl highlighted by defense

Posted on 27 April 2013 by WNST Staff

DEFENSE DOMINATES TIGER BOWL III AS BLACK DEFEATS GOLD, 7-0

TOWSON, Md. – Since Tiger Bowl III was dominated by the defenses, it was somewhat appropriate that a huge defensive play set up the only touchdown of the game.

Early in the fourth quarter, safety Thomas Bradley of the Black team intercepted a pass at the Gold team’s 30-yard line and returned it to the two-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Price Litton scored on a one-yard run to the Black team a 6-0 lead. Drew Evangelista’s conversion kick gave the Black team a 7-0 lead.

In a game in which the offenses combined for 417 yards, there were five turnovers and three missed field goal attempts.

“We didn’t have any ambulances coming on the field and nobody got carried off the field injured,” said Coach Rob Ambrose. “So I am happy.”

Bradley, who started at strong safety last season as a sophomore, was one of the defensive stars of Tiger Bowl III. He made a game high 12 tackles and had the interception and 28-yard return.

“Thomas has done well this spring,” said Ambrose. “He has grown into his role and he has grown into a young man. He will be an important player on our defense this season.”

All six quarterbacks on the roster saw action in Tiger Bowl III and the results were not what Ambrose was hoping for.

“Every one of our quarterbacks has potential and the ability to lead our football team,” he said. “However, I am disappointed in the lack of consistency. Whoever shows the ability to execute the game plan successfully without turning the ball over and without making mistakes will be our quarterback.”

Senior Peter Athens was the most productive quarterback in Tiger Bowl III. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards. He also ran for nine yards six carries. Junior Joe Brennan, a transfer from Wisconsin, completed 5 of 11 passes for 57 yards but he was sacked five times.

Litton completed five of six passes for 52 yards while Ryan Egolf threw one incomplete pass. Freshman Heath Dahlgren completed his only pass for 12 yards while sophomore Connor Frazier was 5-for-10 for 57 yards with two interceptions.

“It’s probably not a good thing to read too much into this game,” cautioned Ambrose. “We had a number of regular starters who didn’t play in the game. For instance, Eric Pike didn’t play because of an injury. He is an All-American tackle who has started every game the last three years. When you take him out of the lineups, there are going to be more sacks.”

In fact, there were 10 sacks recorded in the Tiger Bowl. Sophomore defensive tackle Tungie Coker had four sacks while Syd Holt made two sacks.

Coker and defensive back Walt Dunston led the Gold team with six tackles each.

Sophomore Navassa Brown was the top ball carrier in the game. He ran for 61 yards on nine carries and had a 27-yard run. All-American Terrance West picked up 30 yards on seven carries for the Gold team.

Junior Spencer Wilkins led all players with seven catches for 61 yards while senior tight end James Oboh had a very strong performance. He caught five passes for 100 yards and had the longest play of the game when he hailed in a 35-yard reception.

“James Oboh showed what he can do today,” said Ambrose. “He has been growing into his role. James took a big step today because he kept making plays when he was tired. That was a great sign.”

Freshman Javani Rodriguez caught six passes for 89 yards to lead the Black team.

“This has been a very productive spring,” admitted Ambrose. “”We weren’t dealing with many of the distractions that we had last season. We were very focused. There was no conversation about sharing the Colonial Athletic Association championship. We are upset about what we didn’t do last year and the focus has been fantastic.”

Ambrose also added, “We have a very talented freshman class coming in. I can imagine that some of them will work their way on to the roster and contribute this season.”

The Tigers, who were 7-4 last season and shared the CAA championship, will open the 2013 season on August 30 when they visit the University of Connecticut.

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Towson announces Tiger Bowl III April 27

Posted on 19 March 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGER BOWL III SET FOR APRIL 27 IN UNITAS STADIUM

Tiger Bowl To Conclude Tigers’ Spring Season

 

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championship seasons, the Towson University football team will hold Tiger Bowl III on Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. on Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

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.

Current 2013 season ticket holders are invited to a prime location to enjoy Tiger Bowl III. Held in the back of the East end zone opposite the videoboard, this special area will feature complimentary sandwiches provided by Chick-fil-A and 2013 football posters.

A registration table will be located by the entrance of this premium location for all current season ticket holders to gain entrance into this area.

New season tickets can be purchased at the box office of Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Only current or new season ticket holders will be allowed into this area.

As the season ticket renewal deadline approaches on April 27, fans are encouraged to contact the Towson Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER.

Tiger Bowl III will conclude the Tiger football team’s spring season. The Tigers, who have posted a 16-7 record the last two seasons and have posted a 13-3 two-season CAA record, have a very strong nucleus returning. On offense, the Tigers will rely on an experienced offensive line which includes three All-CAA selections, rising seniors Eric Pike, Randall Harris and Doug Shaw. Running back Terrance West also returns after earning first team All-CAA honors twice.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis, cornerback Jordan Love and defensive tackle Arnold Farmer are some of the top veterans returning on the defense, a unit that led the CAA last season.

After the conclusion of Tiger Bowl III, the Tiger men’s lacrosse team will honor its seniors when the Tigers host St. Joseph’s in a vital CAA matchup in Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-855-TU-TIGER.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 27

7 a.m.               Tiger Football Captain’s Breakfast

11:30 a.m.          Tiger Bowl III; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Softball (second game of doubleheader) vs. George Mason; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Baseball vs. UNC Wilmington; Admission is Free

7 p.m.               Towson Men’s Lacrosse vs. St. Joseph’s; Senior Night

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