BALTIMORE, Md. – Led by junior running back Terrance West, who was named as the Colonial Athletic Association Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, the Tigers had seven players selected to the CAA Football Pre-Season All-Conference Team, which was selected by a vote of CAA coaches and sports information directors.
The CAA Football Pre-Season All-Conference team was announced at the CAA’s annual Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium on Wednesday.
Villanova University, which shared the 2012 CAA championship with New Hampshire, Towson and Richmond, was chosen as the CAA pre-season favorite. The Wildcats received 11 of a possible 22 first-place votes. Towson received three first-place votes and was picked to finish second while New Hampshire was third. Richmond was predicted to finish fourth while James Madison received four first place votes and was selected fifth.
Towson led all CAA institutions with seven selections to the All-CAA Pre-Season team. In addition to West, sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder, senior tackle Eric Pike, and senior tackle Randall Harris, senior linebacker Monte Gaddis, senior cornerback Jordan Love and junior cornerback Tye Smith were honored.
The winner of the 2011 Jerry Rice Award, presented to the top freshman in FCS football, West has rushed for 2,340 yards and scored 44 touchdowns in his first two seasons for the Tigers. He was named first team All-CAA as a freshman and sophomore and also earned All-American honors twice. As a freshman, West ran for 1,294 yards and scored a school record 29 touchdowns in 11 games. A Walter Camp All-American first team selection as a freshman, he averaged 6.7 yards per carry. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,046 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.
Holder enjoyed a very productive freshman season. In addition to providing excellent blocking for the Tigers’ running game, he caught six passes for 60 yards and three touchdowns.
A two-time All-CAA selection at left tackle, Pike has started all 34 games of his college. One of the best tackles ever to play for the Tigers, he has been a leader on the offensive line for the last three years.
In his first season as the Tigers’ right tackle, Harris earned first team All-CAA. He gave the Tigers the distinction of having both tackles on the All-CAA first team.
Gaddis started 10 of 11 games for the Tigers at middle linebacker. He made 74 tackles with 12 tackles for lost yardage. He also had five sacks and ranked 10th in the CAA with 7.4 tackles per game.
A transfer from Georgia prior to last season, Love was named second team All-CAA in 2012. In 11 games, he made 35 tackles and broke up five passes. He also had two interceptions, including a game-clinching pickoff in overtime during Towson’s 34-27 win at Delaware.
A two-year starter at cornerback, Smith was a third team All-CAA selection last year. He led the Tigers with 75 tackles and intercepted one pass. He also broke up five passes, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble.
This marks the first time that the Tigers have placed more than three players on the CAA Football Pre-Season All-Conference team
The Tigers, who posted a 7-4 record last season against a very difficult schedule, shared the CAA championship with Villanova, New Hampshire and Richmond. Towson was the outright CAA champion in 2011.