Towson sees 14 players named to All-CAA teams

November 19, 2012 | WNST Staff


CAA Co-Champions Place Five On First Team

RICHMOND, Va. – A group of 14 standouts from Colonial Athletic Association co-champion Towson University, including five first team selections, has been named to the All-CAA team, it has been announced by CAA officials.

The Tigers led all CAA teams with 14 selections as Towson placed five players on the first team, five players on the second team and four players on the third team.

Villanova, one of the CAA’s other co-champions, had 12 players honored while New Hampshire and Richmond each had 11 players on the team.

Old Dominion, James Madison and William & Mary each placed 10 players on the All-CAA teams.

Senior defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.), senior safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and sophomore running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) were named to the All-CAA first team for the second year in a row.

A pair of offensive linemen, junior tackles Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) and Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), were also selected to the first team. Harris earned All-CAA honors for the first time while Pike was named to the All-CAA third team last year.

The Tigers’ five All-CAA first team selections are one more than Towson had during the last six seasons combined. Last year, Towson had three first team picks. Towson and Old Dominion were the only programs with five first team selections.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) and junior offensive center Doug Shaw(Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) represented the Tigers on the second team, along with senior defensive end Romale Tucker (Ballou H.S./Washington, D.C.), junior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) and junior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.).

The All-CAA third team included senior wide receiver Tom Ryan (Father Judge H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), sophomore kick return specialist Derrick Joseph (Maurice J. McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.), senior defensive tackle Matt Morgan (Horseheads H.S./Horseheads, N.Y.) and sophomore cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.).

Towson’s 14 all-conference selections are the most the Tigers have had in one season in program history.

“The greatest respect is earned from one’s peers,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “To have this many young men earn these impressive accolades speaks to their work ethic and their desire to achieve excellence.  I could not be happier to see these men celebrated for their hard work.  Towson University is thankful and grateful to have such fine representatives.”

A two-time first team All-CAA selection and an honorable mention All-American, Beltre was seventh on the team with 36 tackles this season. He also tied for the team lead with five quarterback sacks and had 7.5 tackles for lost yardage. A three-year starter on the defensive line, Beltre finished his career with 232 tackles, 20th on Towson’s all-time list.

A two-year co-captain and a three-year starter at free safety, Dangerfield was named first team All-CAA for the second time. Despite missing the final game of the regular season, he was fourth on the team with 69 tackles. Dangerfield, who earned pre-season All-America honors, led the Tigers with six pass breakups and had one fumble recovery. The Tigers’ top tackler as a sophomore and junior, Dangerfield finished his career with 258 tackles, 11thon Towson’s career list.

The second-leading rusher in the CAA, West rushed for 1,046 yards on 195 carries for a 5.4 average. He ran for more than 100 yards in five games and he led the CAA in touchdowns for the second year in a row. Honored as the CAA Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, he is already the fifth-leading rusher in school history with 2,340 yards. He has scored 44 touchdowns in his 21-game career, just three shy of the school record held by Jason Corle, ’01.

The Tigers’ two starting tackles were also named to the first team. Harris was one of the keys to the Tigers’ offensive success as he started nine games at right tackle. The 6-4, 285-pound veteran started the first two games of the season at left guard. In his career, he has made 19 career starts.

A third team All-CAA pick last year, the 6-5, 298-pound Pike has been a fixture on the Tigers’ offensive line for the last three years. A tremendous team leader, he has started all 34 games of his college career.

Enders leads the Tigers’ group of second team honorees. The third-leading passer in the CAA, he completed 208 of 317 passes for 2,332 yards and 19 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. The Tigers’ second-leading rusher with 615 yards on 105 carries, he also finished second in the CAA in total offense, averaging 267.9 yards per game. In his career, Enders made 22 starts and won 16 of them. In Saturday’s win at New Hampshire, he became the first quarterback in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career. He finished his career with 5,415 yards of total offense, the seventh-highest total in school history. His 4,413 passing yards place him ninth.

A second-year starter at offensive center, Shaw is one of three offensive linemen to be honored by the CAA. The 6-1, 265-pound center was one of the Tiger co-captains this season. Over the last two years, he has started 22 of 23 games.

A fixture on the defensive line, Tucker was a four-year starter who earned All-CAA notice for the first time. He made 42 tackles in 10 games as a senior and ranked eighth among all CAA defensive linemen. He was third on the team with four sacks and ranked 11th in the CAA. He finished his career with 191 tackles and 10 sacks.

A pair of newcomers, Gaddis and Love, were also named to the second team. A transfer from Dean Junior College, Gaddis stepped in to the middle linebacker spot and led the Tigers with 74 tackles, tenth in the CAA. Gaddis also led Towson with 12 tackles for lost yardage, a mark that placed him second in the CAA. He also tied for the team lead with five sacks.

A transfer from the University of Georgia, Love made an immediate impact on the Tigers’ defense from his cornerback position. He made 35 tackles and was second on the team with five pass breakups. Love also had a team high two interceptions and averaged 20.6 yards on nine kickoff returns.

The Tiger defense, which led the CAA by allowing 313.2 yards per game, had a total of seven All-CAA players. Morgan and Smith complete the defensive contingent. A four-year starter on the defensive line, Morgan made 30 tackles as a senior defensive tackle. He also had three sacks. He finished his career with 97 tackles, including 10.5 sacks. After starting at defensive end in 2009 and 2010, he started at tackle the last two seasons.

A two-year starter at cornerback, Smith was second on the team with 74 tackles. He was fifth among all CAA defensive backs in tackles and broke up five passes. He also had one interception and forced two fumbles.

A second team All-CAA selection in 2011, Joseph made the third team as a kick returner. He averaged 26.3 yards per kickoff return and had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Tigers’ win over Saint Francis. In his career, he has two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

The Tigers’ top pass receiver the last two years, Ryan completes Towson’s All-CAA honorees. As a senior, he caught 44 passes for 533 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his career as the 13th-leading receiver in Towson history with 127 receptions for 1528 yards and eight touchdowns.

Towson finished the season with a 7-4 record and shared the CAA championship with New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova. All four teams posted 6-2 records in CAA play.

2012 CAA Football Major Awards

Coach of the Year:                                             Andy Talley, Villanova

Offensive Player of the Year:                         Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, Soph., Quarterback
Defensive Player of the Year:                        Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Jr., Linebacker
Special Teams Co-Player of the Year:         B.W. Webb, William and Mary, Sr., Punt Returner

Special Teams Co-Player of the Year:         Albert Wilson, Georgia State, Jr., Kick Returner
Offensive Rookie of the Year:                        John Robertson, Villanova, R-Fr., Quarterback
Defensive Rookie of the Year:                        Jeff Williams, Delaware, R-Fr., Linebacker


2012 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)


Position            Player                                  School                               Class

QB                           Taylor Heinicke                              Old Dominion                              Sophomore

RB                           Kevin Monangai                             Villanova                         Sophomore

RB                    Terrance West                       Towson                             Sophomore

FB/HB                     Kendall Gaskins                             Richmond                        Senior

WR                          Ben Edwards                                  Richmond                        Junior

WR                          R.J. Harris                                       New Hampshire             Sophomore

WR                          Nick Mayers                                    Old Dominion                  Senior

TE                            Justin Perillo                                  Maine                               Junior

OL                    Randall Harris                       Towson                     Junior

OL                           Chris Howley                                  Maine                               Senior

OL                           Seamus O’Neill                              New Hampshire             Junior

OL                    Eric Pike                              Towson                     Junior

OL                           Earl Watford                                   James Madison             Senior

PK                           Jarod Brown                                  Old Dominion                  Junior

KR                           Albert Wilson                                  Georgia State                Junior

PR                           Ryan Smith                                     James Madison             Senior



Position            Player                                  School                      Class

DL                    Frank Beltre                         Towson                              Senior

DL                           Chris Burnette                               Old Dominion                  Senior

DL                           Rakim Cox                                       Villanova                         Junior

DL                           Antoine Lewis                                Villanova                         Junior

DL                           Jared Smith                                   New Hampshire           Senior

LB                            Donte Dennis                                 Maine                          Senior

LB                            Matt Evans                                     New Hampshire           Senior

LB                            Stephon Robertson                      James Madison           Junior

LB                            Paul Worrilow                                 Delaware                     Senior

CB                           Eric Loper                                       Villanova                      Senior

CB                           B.W. Webb                                        William and Mary         Senior

S                      Jordan Dangerfield                  Towson                        Senior

S                              Dean Marlowe                                James Madison           Sophomore

S                              Cooper Taylor                                Richmond                    Senior

P                              Jonathan Plisco                            Old Dominion               Senior


2012 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)


Position            Player                                  School                      Class

QB                    Grant Enders                        Towson                     Senior

RB                           Dae’Quan Scott                             James Madison           Junior

RB                           Nico Steriti                                     New Hampshire           Sophomore

FB/HB                     Brian Barlow                                   James Madison           Senior

WR                          Tre McBride                                    William and Mary         Sophomore

WR                          Antonio Vaughan                          Old Dominion               Sophomore

WR                          Nihja White                                     Delaware                     Senior

TE                            Kevin Finney                                   Richmond                    Senior

OL                           David Born                                     Old Dominion               Junior

OL                           Josh Bucci                                      Villanova                      Junior

OL                           Bobby Kennedy                             Delaware                     Junior

OL                           Mike Salazar                                   William and Mary         Senior

OL                    Doug Shaw                               Towson                        Junior

OL                           Josh Spearin                                  Maine                          Senior

PK                           Cameron Starke                            James Madison           Junior

KR                           Justin Grant                                   Richmond                    Sophomore

PR                           B.W. Webb                                        William and Mary         Senior



Position            Player                                  School                   Class

DL                           Marlon Johnson                            Villanova                      Senior

DL                           Evan Kelly                                       Richmond                    Sophomore

DL                           Zach Kerr                                        Delaware                     Junior

DL                    Romale Tucker                          Towson                        Senior

LB                            Devon Bridges                               Villanova                      Senior

LB                    Monte Gaddis                           Towson                        Junior

LB                            Darius McMillan                             Richmond                    Senior

LB                            Jabrel Mines                                  William and Mary         Senior

LB                            Craig Wilkins                                   Old Dominion               Senior

CB                           Darlos James                                 Maine                          Senior

CB                    Jordan Love                              Towson                        Junior

CB                           Dontra Peters                                New Hampshire           Senior

S                              Manny Asam                                   New Hampshire           Junior

S                              Brian Thompson                            William and Mary         Senior

P                              Matt Hubbard                                Georgia State              Sophomore


2012 All-CAA Football Third Team (as voted on by the head coaches)


Position            Player                                  School                   Class

QB                           John Robertson                            Villanova                      Freshman

RB                           Andrew Pierce                               Delaware                     Junior

RB                           Donald Russell                               Georgia State              Senior

WR                          Stephen Barnette                         Richmond                    Sophomore

WR                          Brandon Johnson-Farrell           Rhode Island               Senior

WR                    Tom Ryan                                  Towson                        Senior

WR                          Norman White                                Villanova                      Senior

WR                          Albert Wilson                                  Georgia State              Junior

TE                            Harold Spears                                New Hampshire           Sophomore

OL                           Mike Coccia                                     New Hampshire           Sophomore

OL                           Brandon Heath                              Delaware                     Junior

OL                           Vince Kowalski                               Villanova                      Sophomore

OL                           Jack Lowney                                  Old Dominion               Junior

OL                           Nick Ritcher                                    Richmond                    Sophomore

OL                           Chris Zarkoskie                             New Hampshire           Senior

PK                           Mike MacArthur                            New Hampshire           Junior

KR                    Derrick Joseph                          Towson                        Sophomore

PR                           Poppy Livers                                  Villanova                      Sophomore



Position            Player                                  School                      Class

DL                           Dominique Guinn-Bailey              Old Dominion               Sophomore

DL                    Matt Morgan                                                         Towson                        Senior

DL                           Tyler Snow                                      James Madison           Junior

DL                           Nick Zaremba                                 William and Mary         Senior

LB                            Andrew Bose                                  Rhode Island               Sophomore

LB                            Luke Rhodes                                  William and Mary         Freshman

LB                            Jeff Williams                                   Delaware                     Freshman

LB                            Eric Wright                                      Richmond                    Sophomore

CB                           Jamaal Bess                                   Rhode Island               Junior

CB                           Darryl Hamilton                             Richmond                    Senior

CB                    Tye Smith                                  Towson                        Sophomore

S                              Jerome Couplin                             William and Mary         Junior

S                              Jakarie Jackson                            James Madison           Senior

S                              Joe Sarnese                                   Villanova                      Sophomore

P                              Drake Kuhn                                     William and Mary         Junior

P                              David Skahn                             James Madison           Senior