2011 College Football Preview: Towson Tigers

Posted on August 15, 2011


Season Previews: Maryland | Navy | Johns Hopkins | Morgan State | Towson

(Courtesy of Towson Athletics)
By Michael Ginsburg

There's nowhere to go but up for the Towson football team in 2011. Coming off of a 1-10 season, the Tigers are looking to rebound with 46 letter winners, 14 redshirt freshmen and a handful of transfer students that includes quarterback Leon Kinnard from the University of Connecticut.

Kinnard, a native of Maryland, was a standout at Loyola, where he earned All-State recognition. As a senior at Loyola, he led the team to an 11-0 record. Towson head coach Rob Ambrose recruited Kinnard while he was the offensive coordinator at Connecticut, which is ultimately why the two ended back together.

Despite the loss of All-Colonial Athletic Association defensive tackle Yaky Ibia, the defensive line should remain strong. The line consists of senior co-captain Marcus Valentine; preseason All-CAA selection Frank Beltre; and returning starter Matt Morgan, who lead the team in sacks last year with four.

Another player who will be an integral part of the defense is linebacker Danzel White. White did not play last season because of a knee injury, but led Towson in tackles with 105 in 2009, despite missing one game.

Another position of strength for the Tigers is halfback. Returning starter Tremayne Dameron has carried the load the past two years. During the past two seasons, Dameron has racked up 1,065 yards and 13 touchdowns. But with junior tailback Dominique Booker, sophomore Nygee Carmichael and freshman Terrance West, Dameron's workload will be lessened. Each of these backs will run behind second team All-CAA fullback Tyler Wharton.

On the offensive side, the three captains are senior offensive tackle Henry Glackin, junior quarterback Brian Potts and sophomore offensive lineman Eric Pike. The three defensive captains are senior defensive tackle Marcus Valentine, junior defensive back Jordan Dangerfield and junior linebacker Denzel White.

The Tigers have a tough schedule this year, facing Maryland, Villanova, Delaware and Richmond. Towson opens its season Sept. 3 against Morgan State.

SCHEDULE
Sept. 3 -- vs. Morgan State
Sept. 10 -- vs. Villanova
Sept. 24 -- vs. Colgate
Oct. 1 -- @ Maryland
Oct. 8 -- vs. Richmond
Oct. 15 -- @ Old Dominion
Oct. 22 -- @ William & Mary
Oct. 29 -- vs. Delaware
Nov. 5 -- @ Maine
Nov. 12 -- vs. New Hampshire
Nov. 19 -- @ Rhode Island

Issue 164: August 2011

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