Towson Football Names Captains, Bring in UConn Transfer

August 05, 2011 | WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – For the first time in the history of the Towson University football program, the Tigers will have six team captains, it has been announced by Coach Rob Ambrose.

The Tigers have selected two seniors, three juniors and a sophomore as their team captains for the 2011 season. There are three offensive players and three defensive players.

Offensive tackle Henry Glackin and defensive tackle Marcus Valentine are the Tigers’ senior co-captains.

A three-year starter at left tackle, Glackin enters the 2011 campaign with the most experience among the Tigers’ offensive linemen. A 6-4, 280-pound veteran, Glackin has played in 25 career games with 19 starts. A two-year starter at defensive tackle, Valentine has started 22 consecutive games. Last season, the 6-2, 274-pound lineman was ninth on the team with 40 tackles.

Junior defensive back Jordan Dangerfield, junior quarterback Brian Potts and junior linebacker Danzel White will also serve as team captains this season.

A transfer from Hofstra University, Dangerfield appeared in all 11 games last season, his first with the Tigers. He led the team with 96 tackles and broke up five passes. He ranked second among all Colonial Athletic Association defensive backs in tackles.

A two-year letter winner, Potts has appeared in ten games and started twice. He has passed for 548 yards to date. An outstanding student, he was the winner of the Tigers’ Academic Award last season.

White, who is the probable starter at middle linebacker for the Tigers, returns to the team after sitting out the 2010 season. In 2009, he led the Tigers with 105 tackles in only ten games. He missed the season finale with an injury.

Only the fourth Tiger sophomore to serve as a team captain, offensive lineman Eric Pike emerged as a team leader last year. A 6-5, 295-pound right tackle, he was starter in all 11 games during the 2010 season.

Pike joins Joe Zanelotti (1969), Jim Sandusky (1973) and Dan Dullea (1974) as the only sophomores to serve as team captains for the Tiger football team.

The Tigers, who open their pre-season camp on Sunday, August 7, will start their 43rdseason of college football on Saturday, Sept. 3 when they host Morgan State at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

TOWSON, Md. – Former All-State performer Leon Kinnard, who played scholastically at nearby Loyola High School, has transferred to Towson University from the University of Connecticut and will join the Tigers in time for the 2011 season, it has been announced by Coach Rob Ambrose.

Kinnard, who played quarterback at Loyola High School, was recruited to UConn by Coach Ambrose when he was the Offensive Coordinator for the Huskies. The 5-10, 185 Kinnard appeared in five games at wide receiver for UConn last season. He completed one pass for three yards and ran for 18 yards on four carries.

After the season, Coach Randy Edsall left UConn to become the coach at Maryland. Paul Pasqualoni was hired to replace him. That played a factor in Kinnard’s decision to transfer to Towson.

As a senior at Loyola, he captained the Dons to a perfect 11-0 record and was named second team All-Metro. He was also an honorable mention All-State selection.

In his junior season with the Dons, he passed for 1,489 yards and threw 13 touchdown passes as he was named second team All-State. As a sophomore, he passed for 1,415 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning honorable mention All-State notice.

“Coming to Towson is a great opportunity for me,” says Kinnard. “I know that I could have contributed if I had stayed at UConn. But, I think I have a chance to contribute even more at Towson. I am just looking forward to playing football. I am excited to be playing for Coach Ambrose and having some fun.”

At Towson, he will be re-united with offensive center Doug Shaw, a sophomore who was his teammate at Loyola High School.

“Playing on the same with Doug is just another ‘perk’ of this decision,” he added. “We were teammates in high school and I’m excited to be his teammate again.”

Coach Ambrose says, “Leon is a phenomenal young man. When I was recruiting him for UConn, one of the things that appealed to me about him was his personality. He can help a team in so many ways.

“At UConn, we recruited him to be a quarterback,” Coach Ambrose added. “After I left, I am not sure what happened. He is the type of player who makes plays. The wider the field, the more effective he is. We are probably going to use him at quarterback first because that will help him learn the offense quicker.

“But, he could do a number of different things for us,” he said. “He could play wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return kicks. I may not know where he will contribute but I know he will contribute.”

At Towson, he will be able to play this season and he will have three years of eligibility remaining.