Towson head football coach Rob Ambrose thinks the "chip" on quarterback Tom Flacco's shoulder has revitalized the Tigers, who have started the 2018 season with a 4-1 mark.
The younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Tom Flacco started his college career at Western Michigan and played in several games as a backup quarterback during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Flacco then transferred to Rutgers for the 2017 season as a walk-on. Due to NCAA transfer regulations, he was not allowed to play.
After earning his degree from Rutgers, Flacco then decided to go to Towson as a graduate transfer. He had two years of eligibility remaining and the hope of having found a place to show his potential.
"He's been around the block," Ambrose
on Glenn Clark Radio Oct. 9. "His personality is exactly what we needed. We interviewed a lot of guys for that spot, and a lot of guys have physical talent, but it was who he was that was the fit, that made everything come together."
Flacco has started all five games for the Tigers this season, completing 69 percent of his passes and posting 1,482 passing yards and 16 total touchdowns.
"Call it a chip on his shoulder for being too short. Call it having to play in the shadow of your brother," Ambrose said, "He was hungry to prove to everyone, including himself, that he was as good as he thought he was … and he is."
During his five games at Towson, Flacco has led an explosive offensive attack. The Tigers put up at least 36 points during each of their four wins and 20 points during the loss.
While Flacco has impressed during his first season at Towson, the community has also embraced the football team as a whole. Towson celebrated the 50th anniversary of the program during a 44-27 win against The Citadel Sept. 29.
"The sport of football, college or pro, especially in this town, is something that can be a positive and galvanizing experience for a community," Ambrose said. "It gives them a focal point."
As the season continues for Flacco and the Tigers, Ambrose thinks that Baltimore football fans should take advantage of what his team has to offer.
"The fact that there's a Flacco downtown wearing purple, and there's a Flacco up in Towson wearing black and gold, that's pretty damn cool," Ambrose said, "This a great time to be in Baltimore and a great time to be a football fan."
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