Towson LB Clark honored by CAA for first time in career

October 07, 2013 | WNST Staff


West Named As CAA Offensive Player of the Week For Third Time

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) of Towson University have been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Week and the Defensive Player of the Week for their performances in the undefeated Tigers’ 44-28 victory over No. 19 New Hampshire, it has been announced by CAA officials.

For West, it is the third time that he has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week this season. It also marks the 10th time in his career he has received a weekly award from the CAA. With 10 CAA Football weekly awards, he holds the record for most individual weekly honors received by one player. Prior to this week, he had shared the distinction with Andrew Pierce of Delaware.

In his career, West has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week six times and was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Week four times.

Clark was named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He is the first Tiger to be named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week since Sept. 3, 2007 when former All-American linebacker Brian Bradford, ’08 was honored.

This marks the first time that Towson has ever had the CAA Offensive Player of the Week and the Defensive Player of the Week at the same time.

West, who is the fourth-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, led the Tigers to their 44-28 win over New Hampshire by rushing for 238 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns. With the Tigers trailing by 20-3 in the second quarter, West scored on a 50-yard touchdown run to cut the Tigers’ deficit to 20-10. With 6:51 left in the first half, his one-yard TD run pulled Towson to within 20-17.

West scored his final touchdown of the game with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter, upping the Tigers’ lead to 44-20.

For West, it was the third 200-yard game of his college career, and all of them have come against New Hampshire. In three career games against UNH, he has rushed for 735 yards on 70 carries for an amazing 10.5 average per carry. He has also scored nine career touchdowns against UNH.

West’s performance against New Hampshire enabled him to become the second-leading rusher in Towson history. He has now run for 3,226 yards in his career with 58 rushing touchdowns. He has scored 59 touchdowns in 27 career games.

With 15 touchdowns in six games this season, he leads NCAA FCS.

Clark led the Tigers’ defensive effort in their win over New Hampshire. He made a team high 11-tackles, including a sack. He also helped the Tigers’ come-from-behind performance by forcing two fumbles. The Tigers recovered both, leading to 10 points.

In six games, Clark leads the Tigers with 55 tackles. He also has three sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Tigers, who have won 10 games in a row, return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 when they host No. 15 Villanova in Unitas Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBCSports Network.