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Towson has four named to preseason All-CAA team, picked 5th in CAA

Posted on 23 July 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - Junior fullback Emmanuel Holder, senior defensive end Ryan Delaire, junior safety Christian Carpenter and senior cornerback Tye Smith all earned preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors, and the Tigers as a team were picked to finish fifth in the league coaches’ poll, conference officials announced today.

Villanova’s John Robertson and William & Mary’s Mike Reilly were chosen as the CAA preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. New Hampshire was chosen to win the conference title in 2014, receiving 15 first-place votes.

Holder was named first team All-CAA in 2013 and earned second team All-America honors from The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network. He started 13 of 16 games and had 16 receptions for 172 yards with three touchdowns. Holder caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Towson’s victory over New Hampshire and had a five-yard TD catch against Delaware. Holder also had a one-yard touchdown reception to help lead the Tigers to a win at Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Delaire was named as a third team All-American by College Sports Madness and by Beyond Sports Network in 2013. He earned a spot on the All-CAA first team after leading the league in total tackles for a loss, total sacks and in fumbles recovered. Delaire started all 15 games that he played in and made 68 tackles, including 43 solo – fifth-most on the team. He also had 17.5 tackles for a loss (86 yards) to lead the team. He had four tackles and two sacks at North Carolina Central and made eight tackles with two sacks at William & Mary. Delaire made two tackles and had one QB hurry against North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship game.

Carpenter was named first team All-CAA as a free safety last year after tying for sixth in the CAA in interceptions and 10th in fumbles recovered. He had an interception and a 34-yard return for a touchdown at Richmond and made a career-high 13 tackles against Villanova. Carpenter made six tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over James Madison. He made nine tackles and recorded an interception in the win at Eastern Washington. Carpenter’s interception clinched the win over the Eagles with three seconds left.

Smith, who was named to the Beyond Sports Network Preseason FCS All-America team, is coming off a sensational junior campaign. The cornerback was named second team CAA after ranking eighth in the league in passes defended (14) and third on the team with 103 tackles. Smith started 15 of 16 games and recorded 4.5 tackles for a loss. He had one sack, two interceptions, recorded 12 pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered one.

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Towson return man Joseph named to CFPA Award watch list

Posted on 22 July 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Towson’s Derrick Joseph has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Kickoff Returner Award Watch List, as announced by College Football Performance Awards officials.

The initial watch list includes 40 returning performers, vying for the top kickoff returner award in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

“Congratulations to Derrick Joseph on earning a spot on this year’s watch list,” said CFPA Executive DirectorBrad Smith. “With four career kickoff return touchdowns, Joseph will be one of the nation’s top return specialists to watch in 2014.”

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

CFPA is now entering its seventh season of recognition. The CFPA’s player and team performance index, employed since 2008, ranks success in all three phases of the game — offense, defense, and special teams.

Towson’s Terrance West was a two-time winner of the CFPA’s Running Back of the Year Award. CFPA also recognized Towson with the conference’s top team rushing performance over the past three seasons.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

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CAA announces five TV games for Towson in 2014

Posted on 22 July 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (July 22, 2014) – CAA Football announced on Tuesday a schedule of 24 games that will be televised by conference broadcast partners NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Regional Networks and American Sports Network in 2014.

2014 will mark the CAA’s third year of a five-year broadcast agreement with NBC Sports Network. The Emmy Award-winning network is the 24/7 cable television home for NBC Sports, and is available in more than 85 million households. In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets – will stream each of the four CAA Football games on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Regional Networks – which includes Comcast SportsNet – consists of 11 regional networks that deliver more than 2,400 live sporting events annually to more than 43 million homes. NBC Sports Regional Networks will carry a total of 11 CAA Football contests in 2014.

Additionally, nine CAA Football games will be broadcast on the American Sports Network, the conference’s newest television partner. ASN is a collegiate sports initiative of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has affiliates that reach approximately 38.9-percent of U.S. households.

Specific Comcast SportsNet and American Sports Network clearances will be announced each week throughout the season.

In addition to the linear broadcasts, every Comcast SportsNet and American Sports Network game in the CAA Football package will be simulcast digitally to out-of-market areas for free on CAA.tv. Digital broadcasts on CAA.tv will be blacked out in areas where the telecast is available via local cable providers.

CAA Football’s 2014 television package kicks off on Sept. 13 with a non-conference matchup of Lehigh at New Hampshire on ASN. The next week, Sept. 20, will feature a slate of three televised games with a CSN double-header of James Madison at Villanova and New Hampshire at Richmond, along with Charlotte at Elon on ASN.

CSN will broadcast another CAA Football double-header on Sept. 27 with Delaware at James Madison, followed by Maine at 2013 national runner-up Towson. The next week, CSN will carry the matchup between Stony Brook and Towson.

The national NBC Sports Network package gets underway on Oct. 11 with William & Mary at New Hampshire. That Saturday will feature two other televised games, with Towson at James Madison on CSN and Maine at Stony Brook on ASN.

Over the next four weeks, CSN will carry matchups of Towson at Delaware, Delaware at William & Mary, Villanova at Richmond, and Elon at William & Mary. In the same stretch, ASN will broadcast Rhode Island at Richmond, Maine at Rhode Island, William & Mary at James Madison, and Towson at Villanova.

The NBCSN schedule resumes on Nov. 15 with James Madison at Richmond, in addition to William & Mary at Towson on CSN and UAlbany at Villanova on ASN.

The regular-season’s final Saturday, Nov. 22, will feature a NBCSN double-header of New Hampshire at Maine followed by Richmond at William & Mary. The ASN slate will also conclude that week with Elon traveling to James Madison.

A complete list of CAA Football games on NBC Sports Network, Comcast SportsNet and American Sports Network is below.

Date Matchup Time Network
Sept. 7 Lehigh at New Hampshire 3:30 p.m. ASN
Sept. 20 James Madison at Villanova 12:30 p.m. CSN
Sept. 20 New Hampshire at Richmond 4 p.m. CSN
Sept. 20 Charlotte at Elon 7 p.m. ASN
Sept. 27 Delaware at James Madison 4 p.m. CSN
Sept. 27 Maine at Towson 7 p.m. CSN
Oct. 4 Stony Brook at Towson 3:30 p.m. CSN
Oct. 11 Towson at James Madison 12:30 p.m. CSN
Oct. 11 William & Mary at New Hampshire 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Oct. 11 Maine at Stony Brook 7 p.m. ASN
Oct. 18 Towson at Delaware 12:30 p.m. CSN
Oct. 18 Rhode Island at Richmond 3:30 p.m. ASN
Oct. 25 Maine at Rhode Island 12 p.m. ASN
Oct. 25 Delaware at William & Mary 12:30 p.m. CSN
Nov. 1 Villanova at Richmond 12:30 p.m. CSN
Nov. 1 William & Mary at James Madison 3:30 p.m. ASN
Nov. 8 Elon at William & Mary 3:30 p.m. CSN
Nov. 8 Towson at Villanova 7 p.m. ASN
Nov. 15 James Madison at Richmond 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Nov. 15 William & Mary at Towson 3 p.m. CSN
Nov. 15 UAlbany at Villanova 7 p.m. ASN
Nov. 22 Elon at James Madison 12 p.m. ASN
Nov. 22 New Hampshire at Maine 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Nov. 22 Richmond at William & Mary 7:30 p.m. NBCSN

All times EST and subject to change
NBCSN: NBC Sports Network
CSN: Comcast SportsNet
ASN: American Sports Network

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Towson punter Ryder named to CFPA Award Watch List

Posted on 16 July 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Towson’s Jake Ryder has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Punter Award Watch List, as announced by College Football Performance Awards.

The initial watch list includes 38 returning performers, vying for the top punter award in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

“Congratulations to Jake Ryder on earning a spot on this year’s watch list,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Ryder produced a number of strong punting performances in 2013.”

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

CFPA is now entering its seventh season of recognition. The CFPA’s player and team performance index ranks success in all three phases of the game — offense, defense, and special teams.

Towson’s Terrance West was a two-time winner of the CFPA’s Running Back of the Year Award. According to the CFPA, Towson has produced the conference’s top team rushing performance over the past three seasons.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

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Towson CB Smith named to Buck Buchanan Award Watch List

Posted on 11 July 2014 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior cornerback Tye Smith of the Towson University football team has been named to the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, it was announced on Thursday. The award is given out annually to the FCS’ most outstanding defensive player.

The Buchanan Award will celebrate its 20th anniversary this season and will be presented by The Sports Network at the FCS national awards banquet on December 15.

Past recipients of the Buchanan Award include two-time winner Dexter Coakley (former Dallas Cowboy), Jared Allen (Chicago Bears), Rashean Mathis (Detroit Lions) and Kroy Biermann (Atlanta Falcons).

This year’s widespread, 20-player watch list breaks down into six defensive ends, five linebackers, five safeties, two defensive tackles and two cornerbacks.

Smith, who last week was named to the Beyond Sports Network Preseason FCS All-America team, is coming off a sensational junior campaign. The cornerback was named second team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) after ranking eighth in the league in passes defended (14) and third on the team with 103 tackles. Smith started 15 of 16 games and recorded 4.5 tackles for a loss. He had one sack, two interceptions, recorded 12 pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered one.

The Buck Buchanan Award Watch List can undergo revision during the 2014 season. Ballots will be sent to a national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The Sports Network also presents the Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Eddie Robinson awards. The Payton Award honors the outstanding player in the FCS, the Rice Award goes to the FCS freshman of the year and the Robinson Award is bestowed upon the FCS coach of the year.

2014 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List

Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina
Tony Bell, UT Martin
James Cowser, Southern Utah
Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State
Jacob Hagen, Liberty
Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington
Colten Heagle, North Dakota State
Stephen Hodge, Fordham
Zach Hodges, Harvard
O.J. Mau, Gardner- Webb
Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana
Troy Moore, Sacred Heart
Mike Reilly, William & Mary
Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State
Tye Smith, Towson
Jaquiski Tartt, Samford
Lynden Trail, Norfolk State
Davis Tull, Chattanooga
Zach Wagenmann, Montana
Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas

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Towson finishes in Top 25 in Capital One Cup men’s standings

Posted on 03 July 2014 by WNST Staff

MCLEAN, Va. – The Towson University men’s athletics program tied for 25th place in the Capital One Cup final men’s standings, released by the Capital One Financial Corporation.

The Tiger men tallied 36 points in the final standings on the strength of their NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national title game run. The Tigers tied with Wisconsin for the 25th spot.

This is the fourth year of the Capital One Cup. Schools earn points based on their teams’ top-10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches’ polls across 19 men’s and 20 women’s sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined $400,000 to fund scholarships for student-athletes.

Please visit www.CapitalOneCup.com, Facebook.com/CapitalOneCup and Twitter.com/CapitalOneCup for more information and news on the Capital One Cup.

The 2013-14 men’s Capital One Cup winner, Notre Dame, will be formally honored along with the women’s Capital One Cup winner, Florida, at the ESPY Awards televised by ESPN on July 16 in Los Angeles.

Click here for a full list of the official Capital One Cup final standings.

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Four Towson football players receive preseason All-America recognition

Posted on 02 July 2014 by WNST Staff

LEESBURG, Va. – Beyond Sports Network released its Preseason FCS All-America team this week and several Tigers were honored. Fullback Emmanuel Holder and defensive end Ryan Delaire were named to the first team, while cornerback Tye Smith and safety Christian Carpenter were honored with spots on the third team.

The 2014 Preseason All-America Football Team was chosen based on returning All Americans from the 2013 BSN All-America Football Team, highest vote recipients in the 2013 BSN All American voting, statistics and game evaluations.

Holder was named first team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2013 and earned second team All-America honors from The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network. He started 13 of 16 games and had 16 receptions for 172 yards with three touchdowns. Holder caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Towson’s victory over New Hampshire and had a five-yard TD catch against Delaware. Holder also had a one-yard touchdown reception to help lead the Tigers to a win at Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Delaire was named as a third team All-American by College Sports Madness and by Beyond Sports Network in 2013. He earned a spot on the All-CAA first team after leading the league in total tackles for a loss, total sacks and in fumbles recovered. Delaire started all 15 games that he played and made 68 tackles, including 43 solo – fifth-most on the team. He also had 17.5 tackles for a loss (86 yards) to lead the team. He had four tackles and two sacks at North Carolina Central and made eight tackles with two sacks at William & Mary. Delaire made two tackles and had one QB hurry against North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship game.

Smith was named second team All-CAA during his junior campaign. He ranked eighth in the league in passes defended (14) and third on the team with 103 tackles. Smith started 15 of 16 games and recorded 4.5 tackles for a loss. He had one sack, two interceptions, recorded 12 pass breakups and forced two fumbles and recovered one.

Carpenter was named first team All-CAA as a free safety last year after tying for sixth in the CAA in interceptions and 10th in fumbles recovered. He had an interception and a 34-yard return for a touchdown at Richmond and made a career-high 13 tackles against Villanova. Carpenter made six tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over James Madison. He made nine tackles and recorded an interception in the win at Eastern Washington. Carpenter’s interception clinched the win over the Eagles with three seconds left.

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Former Towson standout Cittadino to play for Israel in World Championships

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Former Tiger men’s lacrosse player Casey Cittadino ’06 heads to Denver this week with Team Israel for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Championship.
Cittadino has close ties with current members of Towson Lacrosse. While he was a Tiger student-athlete, he played defense with Assistant Coach Dan Cocchi and for then-Assistant Coach Shawn Nadelen. In high school, the New York native played with Associate Head Coach Anthony Gilardi at Baldwin High School.
Cittadino was a key member of Towson’s three straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship teams and earned tournament MVP honors in 2005 – an experience he ranks as some of his best memories of his time as a Tiger. Twice his season totals in caused turnovers (2005, 2006) ranked in the top 10 in Towson Lacrosse records. He finished his career ranked third in program history in caused turnovers (65).
After graduation, Cittadino began playing in Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
“Playing in the MLL really has been pretty amazing,” he said. “I spent seven seasons with the Denver Outlaws, two of which I lived in Denver, and it was amazing. The other five I was commuting back and forth from New York every weekend, which was pretty rough at times.
“But in my seven years there, we were in the playoffs ever year and playing for a MLL title in four of those seasons. We unfortunately never won it, but I was a part of some great teams and around some incredible players.
“I have been on the Charlotte Hounds for the past two seasons. This is my ninth year in the league. The talent is pretty incredible and could easily have four more teams [in the league] without the the product on the field changing. Each team is truly an all-star team and every year the players get better and better.”
Each of his season in MLL have provided favorite memories of their own.
“Some of my favorite experiences have been the Fourth of July games at Invesco Field in Denver where we averaged 30,000 fans for the games. But, I do have to say beating Denver in the semifinals last year felt pretty amazing after they traded me and then had an undefeated season. It would have been a lot sweeter if we could have sealed the deal and won the championship the next day.”
Cittadino took a leave of absence from the MLL to join Team Israel Lacrosse and prepare for the FIL championship that runs from July 10 to 19 in Denver, Colorado.
“They reached out to me almost two years ago already and asked me to be a part of the tryout process. There were multiple tryouts in different locations as well as a ton of official government paperwork.
“I had to become a dual citizen, so this was a pretty serious decision,” he continued. “And the process of making Aliyah (officially returning to Israel) is pretty difficult. I needed to get government IDs, passports, and bank accounts set up.
“But when I landed in Tel Aviv and completed the process, it felt amazing. I spent some time coaching youth teams and will continue to do so even when these games are over. I really want to help develop this program, so Team Israel can become one of the top five teams in the world and competing for a gold medal in years to come.”

Cittadino has won college championships, contributed to successful professional teams and is now ready to make noise on the world stage.

“I am really just looking forward to helping Israel make a statement to the world,” he said. “We will be underdogs for almost every game, and I’m looking to upset some teams.”

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Former Towson F Benimon to play with Heat, Nuggets in Summer League

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Former Towson forward and two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will begin his professional basketball career on the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets NBA Summer League teams.

Though not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, Benimon will join the Heat, which will participate in the Summer League from July 5-11 in Orlando, and the Nuggets, which will compete in the Summer League from July 11-21 in Las Vegas.

“We are excited for Jerrelle as he gets ready to begin play in the NBA summer league for two very strong franchises,” said Tiger Head Coach Pat Skerry. “I know he will carry over his many talents as well as his strong work ethic and team-first attitude that he played with here at Towson as he continues to build his professional basketball resume.”

Benimon put together one of the most impressive two-year stints by a player in Towson basketball history. A two-time CAA Player of the Year and 2013 AP Honorable Mention All-American, Benimon ranked in the Top 5 nationally in both rebounding and double-doubles each year he was in a Tiger uniform.

A Mid-Major First Team All-American this past season, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The 6-8 forward led the Tigers in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg) as a senior. His 404 total rebounds during the 2013-14 season set a new school record and his mark only trails NBA Hall of Famer and former Navy standout David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

Benimon also impressed scouts after the season as he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four and posted impressive numbers at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

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Towson WR Wilkins receives preseason recognition from CFPA

Posted on 24 June 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Towson football standout Spencer Wilkins earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Wide Receiver Award list, it was announced today by College Football Performance Awards.

Wilkins was Towson’s second-leading wide receiver in 2013, hauling in 40 passes for a team-best 691 yards. He was also tied for the team lead with four receiving touchdowns and averaged 17.3 yards per catch.

“Congratulations to Spencer on earning a spot on this year’s watch list,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Wilkins will be one of the top CAA Football players to watch in 2014.”

Wilkins is the second Tiger to be recognized by the CFPA this offseason. Sophomore Darius Victor was named to the running back award watch list earlier this month. Former Tiger standout Terrance West was a two-time winner of the CFPA Running Back Award.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

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