Towson RB West Named All-American

December 15, 2011 | WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Freshman tailback Terrance West of Towson University has been named as a second team selection on the NCAA FCS All-American team selected by Associated Press.

West, a first team All-Colonial Athletic Association honoree, was also honored as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year. One of the leading candidates for the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in NCAA FCS, West is the only freshman on the A.P. All-American teams.

A first-year freshman, West helped the “Turnaround Tigers” post a 9-3 record and win the Colonial Athletic Association championship this season. The Tigers, who had a 1-10 record in 2010, were the most improved Division I team in the nation as they earned their first-ever NCAA FCS playoff berth.

The second-leading rusher in the CAA, West ran for 1,294 yards in 11 games. He was 12th in NCAA FCS with 117.6 rushing yards per game. West ran for 1,294 yards on only 194 carries, an impressive 6.7 average per carry.

A four-time selection as the CAA Rookie of the Week, West was also honored as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week twice. He ran for more than 100 yards in six different games and had a career high 261 yards on 23 carries in the Tigers’ 56-42 win over New Hampshire on Nov. 12.

West, who led NCAA FCS with 29 touchdowns scored, recorded at least two touchdowns in the final eight games of the year. He scored four touchdowns in three different games.

He shattered the Towson University single season record for touchdowns scored with his 29 TD’s. He also broke the NCAA FCS record for freshmen with 29 touchdowns. In fact, his 29 touchdowns represent the third-highest single season total in FCS history, a mark that has been topped by Omar Cuff of Delaware (35, 2007) and Kevin Richardson of Appalachian State (30, 2006). West matched the 29 touchdowns scored by Jamaal Branch of Colgate in 2003.

West is one of eight CAA players who were named to the Associated Press FCS All-America teams.