ERIC PIKE NAMED AS TIGERS’ MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Tiger Football Honors NCAA FCS Runners-Up
TOWSON, Md. – Offensive tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) was named as the winner of the Doc Minnegan Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player at the annual Towson University football awards ceremony on Saturday, April 26.
Pike, who set a school record by starting all 50 games of his college career, is only the third offensive lineman to win the award which was started in 1969. He joins Mike Gunthrop (1992) and Joe Ripple (2005) as the only linemen to be honored with the award which was named in honor of former Towson Director of Athletics Doc Minnegan.
A two-year captain, Pike was a consensus first team All-American selection as a senior. He earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors three times, including first team notice as a junior and senior. During his career, he helped the Tigers win two CAA championships and make two appearances in the NCAA FCS playoffs. As a senior, he helped the Tigers post a 13-3 record and reach the national championship game.
Record-setting running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was named as the Tigers’ Offensive Player of the Year while linebacker Monte Gaddis (Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award winner.
The CAA Offensive Player of the Year, West set NCAA FCS records with 2,509 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. Gaddis made 124 tackles as a senior while earning second team All-CAA notice.
In addition, offensive guard Gavin Class (St. Paul’s School/Monkton, Md.), defensive tackle Arnold Farmer(Baltimore Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and offensive center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) shared the Tiger Award, presented to the player who best exemplifies the characteristics of a Tiger football player.
Freshman punter Jake Ryder (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.) was the winner of the Tiger Scholar-Athlete Award.
Quarterback Ryan Egolf (Bishop Shanahan H.S./Phoenixville, Md.) was the winner of the Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year award while linebacker James Simms (Reservoir H.S./Laurel, Md.) earned the Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year award. The Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year award was presented to defensive back Al Augustine (George Washington H.S./Wyncote, Pa.).
All of the members of the 2013 Tigers were presented with rings commemorating their historic march to the NCAA FCS championship game which included wins over Fordham, No. 2 Eastern Illinois and No. 3 Eastern Washington.
The Tigers’ 14 All-CAA selections were also presented with their awards while the 14 Tigers who were selected to the CAA Academic All-Conference also received their awards.