14 Towson football players named Academic All-CAA

February 22, 2013 | WNST Staff


Arnold Farmer Honored For Third Straight Year

RICHMOND, Va. – Led by junior defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), Towson University placed 14 student-athletes on the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Football Academic All-Conference team.

An economics and accounting double major, Farmer started all 11 games for the Tigers and made 25 tackles. He also forced two fumbles, blocked a kick and had one sack. Farmer was also named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference team in 2010 and 2011.

Freshman linebacker Bryton Barr (Mechanicsburg H.S./Camp Hill, Pa.), sophomore quarterback Joe Brennan (Camden Catholic H.S./Audubon, N.J.), freshman linebacker Riley Davis (River Hill H.S./Highland, Md.), junior place kicker Drew Evangelista (Cedar Grove H.S./Cedar Grove, N.J.), sophomore linebacker Greg Grant (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.), freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), sophomore tackle Jay Kenney (Malignon H.S./South Boston, Mass.), senior tight end Cory Kirby (Kent Island County H.S./Chester, Md.), junior cornerback Ryan Mays (Franklin H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) sophomore running back Clayton Minnott (Concord H.S./Wilmington, Md.), sophomore tackle Derek Pittman (Pallotti H.S./Lanham, Md.), sophomore wide receiver Mac Sanders (Providence Day School/Charlotte, N.C.) and junior linebacker Eric Schuster (Reservoir H.S./Laurel, Md.) joined Farmer as Towson representatives on the CAA Football Academic All-Conference squad.

“We are extremely proud of our young men who have committed themselves and have brought honor and distinction to Towson University,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose.  “Excellence in the classroom is critical to our overall success and these young men are leading the way.”

Last season, the Tigers were one of four teams that shared the Colonial Athletic Association championship. New Hampshire, Richmond, Villanova and the Tigers each posted 6-2 records in CAA action. For Towson, it was its second straight CAA championship. The Tigers, who played one of the toughest schedules in NCAA FCS football in 2012, finished the season with a 7-4 overall record and were ranked 17th in the nation.

With 14 student-athletes named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference, the Tigers were third in the CAA.

New Hampshire led all CAA football schools with 24 honorees. Georgia State had 16 players honored, followed by Towson (14). James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary each had 13 players honored. Rhode Island had 12 players honored, followed by Villanova (11), Old Dominion (10), Maine (8) and Delaware (7).

Towson’s 14 selections to the CAA Academic All-Conference team represent the highest single season total of Academic All-Conference honorees since the Tigers joined the CAA.  In each of the last three years, the Tigers had 12 players selected to the Academic All-Conference team.


Tigers’ CAA Academic All-Conference Selections

Name                              Pos.        Cl.       Hometown/High School                    Major

Bryton Barr                      LB           Fr.       Camp Hill, Pa./Mechanicsburg            Undeclared

Joe Brennan                     QB           So.      Audubon, N.J./Camden Catholic          Undeclared

Riley Davis                       LB           Fr.       Highland, Md./River Hill                     Undeclared

Drew Evangelista              PK           Jr.       Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove            Sport Management

Arnold Farmer                  DT           Jr.       Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Poly            Economics/Accounting

Greg Grant                       LB           So.      Olney, Md./Sherwood                          Mass Communication

Emmanuel Holder             FB           Fr.       Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall                Sport Management

Jay Kenney                      OT           So.      South Boston, Mass./Malignon             Comm. Studies

Cory Kirby                        TE            Sr.       Chester, Md./Kent Island County         Sociology

Ryan Mays                        CB           Jr.       Reisterstown, Md./Franklin                 Criminal Justice

Clayton Minnott                RB           So.      Wilmington, Del./Concord                   Exercise Science

Derek Pittman                 OT           So.      Lanham, Md./Pallotti                          History

Mac Sanders                     WR           So.      Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day           Undeclared

Eric Schuster                    LB           Jr.       Laurel, Md./Reservoir                         Business Administration