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New Towson TE coach Bowen happy with unit in camp

Posted on 14 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – With only two more weeks of preparation before the season opener at Connecticut, the Tigers conducted another two-a-day session on Wednesday.

After a session on the lower field, the Tigers returned to Unitas Stadium for the afternoon workout.

Tyler Bowen is one of the newest members of the Tiger coaching staff. He is working with the team’s tight ends and he feels he is fortunate to have a talented group.

“This is a very good group,” he says. “Everyone is working hard and they’re trying to get better. We’ve been making a lot of progress.”

The Tigers have four tight ends on the roster. In addition to senior James Oboh, sophomore Sean Mooney and red-shirt freshman Tanner Vallely, the Tigers have benefitted from the addition of graduate student Will Fleming, a transfer from the University of Akron.

Oboh has been the Tigers’ starter at tight end the last two seasons and has caught 29 passes for 478 yards and six touchdowns. According to Bowen, “James has been very solid during our pre-season. He is working hard and learning a lot of the little things that can make him be an even better tight end.”

A transfer from Akron, Fleming was a three-year performer at tight end for the Zips. Bowen says, “Will is a very nice addition for us. He played in a similar offense at Akron so he has been able to catch on. He could really help.”

Mooney and Vallely bring size to the tight end position. Mooney is a 6-6, 230-pound sophomore with plenty of potential. A native of Germantown, Md., Vallely stands at 6-6, 250-pounds.

“This could be a very group,” says Bowen. “They have the ability to make an impact this season.”

The Tigers return to the practice field on Thursday afternoon.

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Towson FB Holder named CAA Rookie of the Week

Posted on 05 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Freshman Fullback Scored First Two Collegiate Touchdowns In Win At Delaware
RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week ending Nov. 3, it has been announced by CAA officials.

Holder was honored for his role in Towson’s 34-27 overtime victory at Delaware on Saturday afternoon.

In the win at Delaware, Holder caught three passes for 36 yards and scored the first two touchdowns of his college career.

Holder, who had caught only two passes for 21 yards in the Tigers’ first eight games, gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead in the second quarter at Delaware when he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) on a fourth-and-one play. He caught a swing pass on the left side and followed a block by junior tight end James Oboh (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.) to score the first touchdown of his career.

With 44 seconds remaining in regulation, Holder caught a two-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal, giving the Tigers a 27-24 lead. After the Blue Hens sent the game into overtime, Towson pulled out a 34-27 victory.

“I am so happy for Emmanuel,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “Playing in this league as a first-year freshman is a challenge in itself. But one can’t help but smile for him to have such an impact in such an important game. I feel very good about our future at the fullback position.”

Holder is the first Tiger football player to be named as the CAA Rookie of the Week this season. Last year, Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was honored four times while cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) picked up the award once.

Ranked 17th in NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers put their two-game winning streak on the line on Saturday, Nov. 10 when they host the University of Rhode Island at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Towson has a 5-4 overall record and is tied for fourth in the CAA with a 4-2 record.
– TowsonTigers.com –

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