Towson’s West, Joseph honored by CAA

September 16, 2013 | WNST Staff


West Named As CAA Offensive Player of the Week for Fifth Time In Career

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), a strong candidate for the Walter Payton Award, and junior kickoff return specialist Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) earned weekly honors from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) after the No. 4 Tigers’ 49-7 win over Delaware State, it has been announced by CAA officials.

West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and the fifth time in his career. Joseph was named as the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career.

In the undefeated Tigers’ victory over Delaware State, West ran for 82 yards on 16 carries and tied a school record by scoring five touchdowns.

West, who has scored nine touchdowns in three games this season, matched the Towson single-game record set by former All-American Tony Vinson, ’94 against Morgan State in 1993. His five touchdowns also set a Johnny Unitas® Stadium record.

The ninth-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, West is averaging 121.3 yards per game this season. With nine touchdowns in three games, he is tied for the FCS national scoring lead with Zack Zenner of South Dakota State.

In the win over Delaware State, West gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he scored on a one-yard run. Early in the second quarter, he scored on a three-yard run, the 50th touchdown of his career. Midway through the second quarter, West’s one-yard touchdown run upped the Tigers’ lead to 21-0. With 3:15 remaining in the first half, his two-yard touchdown run gave Towson a 28-0 advantage.

With 12:30 remaining in the third quarter, West’s 17-yard touchdown run increased the Towson lead to 49-0 and enabled him to tie the Towson single game record.

In 24 games, West is the third-leading rusher in school history with 2,699 yards. He has now scored 53 career touchdowns, a school record.

Joseph earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award after he returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown. It marked the third time in his career he had a kickoff return for a touchdown, breaking the school record he shared with Maurice Sydnor, ’95 and David Meggett, ’98. Joseph had a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against New Hampshire in 2011 and scored on a 95-yard kickoff return against St. Francis (Pa.) last season.

Joseph also caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ win over Delaware State. In his career, Joseph has now returned 55 kickoffs for 1,562 yards for a 28.4 average.

The unbeaten Tigers return to action on Saturday when they visit North Carolina Central at 2:00 p.m..