Five Towson football players named to College Sports Journal All-America Team

January 28, 2014 | WNST Staff


Terrance West Honored As CSJ Offensive Player of the Year

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Led by junior running running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), five members of the NCAA FCS runner-up Towson University football team were named to the FCS All-America team, selected by the College Sports Journal.

A consensus first team All-American, West was named as the CSJ Offensive Player of the Year. Also named as the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, West led the Tigers to a 13-3 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game by rushing for an NCAA FCS record 2,509 yards with an FCS record 41 rushing touchdowns.

Senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior cornerbackTye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) were also named to the 63-member All-America team. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) earned honorable mention All-America notice.

West’s 42 total touchdowns and 252 points were both NCAA FCS single season records, breaking two marks held by Omar Cuff of Delaware. When West scampered for 354 yards on 29 carries in a 49-39 NCAA FCS quarterfinal win over Eastern Illinois in a snow storm, it shattered the standard for FCS single-game playoff rushing yards previously held by Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern (333 rushing yards, set in 1999 against Massachusetts).

A 6-5, 298-pount tackle, Pike earned first team All-CAA honors as a junior and senior. He was a third team All-CAA selection in 2011 when he was a sophomore. A two-year co-captain, Pike set a school record by playing in 50 career games. He also started every game of his college career.

A first team All-CAA selection, Holder caught 16 passes for 172 yards and scored three touchdowns this season. An outstanding blocker, he is a two-year starter at fullback who was a Freshman All-American selection last year.

A starter in 13 of 14 games, Love earned first team All-CAA honors this season. He ranked seventh on the team with 64 tackles. He also ranked second on the team by breaking up 10 passes.

A second team All-CAA selection, Smith is a three-year starter. He made 103 tackles this season, third on the team. Smith also led the Tigers by breaking up 12 passes. He also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark earned first team All-CAA notice. He led the Tigers with 145 tackles and made 10.5 tackles for lost yardage. He led the CAA with five forced fumbles and he had three fumble recoveries. Clark also had 4.5 sacks.

National champion North Dakota State led all teams with six players on the CSJ All-America team and one additional athlete on the honorable mention team for a total of seven honorees. NCAA FCS runner-up Towson was second with five players on the 63-man squad and one more honorable mention pick for a total of six honorees.


2013 College Sports Journal All-America Team

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

Defensive Player of the Year:       Caraun Reid, Senior, Defensive Tackle, Princeton

Coach of the Year:                         Joe Moorhead, Fordham

Lineman of the Year:                     Billy Turner, Senior, Tackle, North Dakota State

Special Teams Player of the Year: Xavier Roberson, Sophomore Southeastern Louisiana

FCS Playoff Most Valuable Player: Brock Jensen, Senior, Quarterback, North Dakota State

Freshman of the Year:                   Cooper Kupp, Wide Receiver, Eastern Washington


Quarterback                                    Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington, Sophomore

Quarterback                                    Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana, Junior

Quarterback                                    Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, Senior

Quarterback                                    Brock Jensen, North Dakota State, Senior

Quarterback                                    Jeff Mathews, Cornell, Senior

Quarterback                                    Michael Nebrich, Fordham, Junior

Quarterback/All-Purpose Back         Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern, Senior*

Quarterback/All-Purpose Back         John Robertson, Villanova, Sophomore*

Quarterback/All-Purpose Back         Quinn Epperly, Princeton, Junior

Running Back                                  Zach Bauman, Northern Arizona, Senior 

Running Back                                  Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina, Senior

Running Back                                 Terrance West, Towson, Junior*

Running Back                                  Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, Sophomore*

Fullback                                          Andrew Grothmann, North Dakota State, Senior

Fullback                                         Emmanuel Holder, Towson, Sophomore

Wide Receiver                                 Sam Ajala, Fordham, Junior

Wide Receiver                                 Greg Hardin, North Dakota, Senior

Wide Receiver                                 Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Freshman

Wide Receiver                                 Lee Kurfis, Lehigh, Senior

Wide Receiver                                 Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, Senior

Wide Receiver                                 Walter Powell, Murray State, Senior

Tight End                                        MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois, Senior

Tight End                                        Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville, Junior

Tight End                                        Dan Light, Fordham

Tackle                                            Dakota Dozier, Furman, Senior

Tackle                                            Danny Kistler, Montana, Junior

Tackle                                            Eric Pike, Towson, Senior

Tackle                                            Billy Turner, North Dakota State, Senior*

Guard                                              Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State, Senior

Guard                                              Arinze Agada, McNeese State, Senior

Guard                                              Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois, Junior

Center                                            Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington, Senior

Center                                            Jared Singleton, Wofford, Senior 


Defensive End                                 Brad Daly, Montana State, Senior

Defensive End                                 Terrence Fede, Marist, Senior

Defensive End                                 Zach Hodges, Harvard, Junior

Defensive End                                 Shaquille Riddick, Gardner-Webb, Junior

Defensive End                                 Davis Tull, Chattanooga, Sophomore* 

Defensive Tackle                             Ryan Drevlow, North Dakota State, Senior

Defensive Tackle                             Sullivan Grosz, Cal Poly, Senior

Defensive Tackle                             Zachariah Kerr, Delaware, Senior

Defensive Tackle                             Caraun Reid, Princeton, Senior*

Defensive Tackle                             Robert Simpson, Mississippi Valley State, Senior

Inside Linebacker                            Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Senior*

Inside Linebacker                            Justin Shade, Samford, Senior

Inside Linebacker                            Joe Thomas, South Carolina State, Senior

Outside Linebacker                          Tyler Starr, South Dakota, Senior

Outside Linebacker                          Lynden Trail, Norfolk State, Junior

Outside Linebacker                          Jordan Tripp, Montana, Senior*

Cornerback                                     Kendall James, Maine, Senior

Cornerback                                     T.J. Lee, Eastern Washington, Senior

Cornerback                                    Jordan Love, Towson, Senior

Cornerback                                    Tye Smith, Towson, Junior

Cornerback                                     Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, Senior*

Strong Safety                                  Colten Heagle, North Dakota State, Junior  

Free Safety                                     Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State, Junior

Free Safety                                     Jerome Couplin, William & Mary, Senior 


Kickoff Returner                              Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana, Sophomore

Punt Returner                                  Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State, Senior

Return                                            Specialist Fabian Truss, Samford, Senior

Kicker                                             Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville State, Senior

Punter                                            Kyle Loomis, Portland State, Junior

Long Snapper                                  Richard Wright, Liberty, Senior

*Denotes players selected to the 2012 CSJ FCS All-America team


Honorable Mention By Position:




Mason Mills, San Diego, Senior

Marcus Wasilewski, Maine, Senior

Running Back

Kyle Harbridge, Saint Francis, Senior

Tim Flanders, Sam Houston State, Senior

David Johnson, Northern Iowa, Junior

Carlton Koonce, Fordham, Senior

Keshaudas Spence, Sacred Heart, Junior


Darien Robinson, The Citadel, Junior

All-Purpose Back

Rob Holloman, Central Connecticut State, Junior

Wide Receiver

Jeremy Butler, Tennessee-Martin

Jordan Harris, Bryant, Senior

R.J. Harris, New Hampshire, Senior

Roman Wilson, Princeton, Senior

Tight End

Jeff Lepak, Eastern Illinois, Junior

Justin Perillo, Maine, Senior


Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State, Senior


Robert Booker, Missouri State, Sophomore


Matt Crisafi, William & Mary, Senior

Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State, Junior



Defensive End

Rakim Cox, Villanova, Senior

Colton Underwood, Illinois State, Senior

Zack Wagenmann, Montana, Junior

Defensive Tackle

Antoine Lewis, Villanova, Senior


Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina, Junior

Telvion Clark, Towson, Senior

Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman, Senior

Coqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana, Senior

Stephen Hodge, Fordham, Junior

Grant Olson, North Dakota State, Senior


Walt Aikens, Liberty, Senior

Lavelle Westbrooks, Georgia Southern, Senior

Strong Safety

Jestin Love, Senior, Central Arkansas

Free Safety

Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman, Junior

Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State Junior

Dean Marlowe, James Madison, Junior

Jaquiski Tartt, Samford, Junior




Colton Cook, Senior, Southern Utah

Seth Sebastian, Southeastern Louisiana, Senior

Tyler Sievertsen, Northern Iowa, Senior


Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech, Senior

Kick Returner

Tony Washington, Senior, Appalachian State

Punt Returner

Tavoris Doss, Alcorn State, Senior

Long Snapper

Chris Maikranz, Lamar, Senior

Hudson Smith, Gardner-Webb, Senior