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  1. 5 points
    We just beat a team by 17 on the road, who had taken JMU to overtime, beat Villanova on the road, and we are nitpicking because we didn't win by more?? Really?? Half our starting secondary is injured, our best linebacker has been out since the first game, and our stud transfer D-lineman played like half a game before getting hurt. Oh, and our 1st team all-American running back/kick returner hasn't played since the first conference game of the year. There are two games left and this team is poised to make the playoffs. For once can the players get some credit for winning?? Who cares how many you win by. Especially on the road.
  2. 5 points
  3. 4 points
    I love the people who try to argue that since Towson basketball was a complete dumpster fire before Skerry arrived that his mediocre results should be celebrated. What good are 18-20 wins a season if you don't go to the NCAA Tourney? As a one bid conference, the only thing that matters is winning the conference tourney. Having 20 win regular seasons in the CAA means NOTHING.....except maybe a trip to the "prestigious" CIT. Also, this defeatist attitude of "who could we hire to do better than Skerry", is comical. Fear or uncertainty about who or what the next coach might be is NOT a reason to NOT make a change. You know what would be nice? A new guy comes in and actually improves the program, gets to the Big Dance a time or two. Maybe that coach gets plucked away from Towson...….but because he's elevated the Towson program, he will have made it a more desirable gig for another successful coach.
  4. 4 points
    If you have HBO or HBO Go, they are focusing on Florida and the first episode has them preparing for Towson. Surprised Liev Schrieber was able to pronounce "Towson" right though caught a little Towzen. The facilities are just incredible. Not surprising of course. Everybody has a crazy S&C coach and this one uses a megaphone. Saw a little Towson film. Then some Flacco first half highlights of him running and dropping the ball. But no mention of his name. Dan Mullen's halftime speech, "thank God their quarterback dropped the ball and their kicker missed." Rob got a little pub at the end with the extended handshake. None of that publicity happens if you play Akron or Toledo.
  5. 4 points
    How does a thread on a 2019 football preview turn into a commentary on T-West's rap career and tats? WGAF. If that's where his heart is, so be it. He gave up his body for three years for this program and led us to places we never thought we'd be. I wish the best for him. Now let's hope Tom Flacco can do some of the things T-West did in good and bad weather.
  6. 3 points
    I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been following the the board for many years but am a first time poster to address how absurdly negative most people on here are. Should we have beaten Kent State (#109)? Yes. Should we have beaten Buffalo (#104)? Yes. Could we have beaten #15 Florida on the road? Sure. There are times when the criticism is deserved... but how about giving some credit when it’s due. It’s exhausting and disturbing to read some of your comments after going toe to toe with Florida in Gainesville and a dominant performance over St. Joe’s. Here are the facts: Towson is currently the #144 team in the country per Kenpom and #3 in CAA. I would sign up for that EVERY single year at Towson. If that were to hold serve, we would be championship contenders come March.
  7. 3 points
    My biggest concern with the athletic department is reaching the students. If they do not attend games, they will not come back as alumni and donate to the Athletic Department. The student crowds have really declined at the football games compared to the Terrence West years. There appears very little effort to promote the game to the students.
  8. 3 points
    Tom Flacco spotted in Federal hill off Fort Ave by the Shoppers
  9. 3 points
    We are going on a business trip to collect a check!
  10. 3 points
    Awful play call on that last set of downs. 2 throws on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1? I know we have Flacco but get the first then you have 4 shots to throw to the end zone. Defense was awful tonight. No d line pressure.
  11. 3 points
    Marketing is pushing this game hard, I love it. Rob was on campus handing out shirts. Players in PAWs handing out stuff too. Ton of buzz on social media. Kudos to the marketing department.
  12. 3 points
    Love it that Rob is out on campus getting students hyped for Saturday!
  13. 2 points
    The team checked into the final regular season RPI release at #36, breaking the school record they had set 2 weeks ago. This, combined with their great win-loss record, combined with their wins over at least 2 tournament teams (this could grow to 3 or 4 come Selection Sunday), means that they should get a first-round match that is winnable. They probably won't be favored, but they can expect the equivalent of a seed somewhere in the 9-12 range if this were the basketball tournament. For those of you who are new to College Volleyball (Which is almost all of you. Welcome! It's a lot of fun, trust me): The NCAA committee formats the tournament by seeding only the top 16 teams in the country. Each of these 16 hosts an opening-weekend quartet of teams. Outside of the top 16, the rest of the field is divvied up by relative strength, and also vaguely by geographical region (This isn't a huge identifier or rule, but the NCAA won't be paying to fly Towson out to Hawaii for the first round. It is 90% likely that they are sent somewhere East of the Mississippi). As a result, each of the 16 sites has one seeded host team and three unseeded visiting teams. From the look of things, the most likely destinations are Pitt, Penn State, or Kentucky. Because of this format, they would be all-but guaranteed to have to play one of the top 16 teams in the country by the second round, so the ceiling for this team right now is probably the round of 32. Beyond that, they would have to pull off a huge upset. No matter what, this is a great moment for a program that had been falling just short for almost a decade.
  14. 2 points
    This team really deserves a ton of credit! Going 18 for 18 in conference matchups is absolutely incredible, no matter what the sport or the level. The Tigers are one of only seven teams in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball to be undefeated in conference play this year, and they are the only team in the entire nation to go undefeated in conference play and not get pushed to the fifth set in any match. Hopefully this year we can get a manageable first-round matchup and win our first NCAA Tournament match.
  15. 2 points
    Until Towson realizes student attendance should be highest priority, we will never get great in football or basketball. Students who attend games will donate to the athletic department as alumni and come back as alumni/increase attendance. Our problem is lack of significant money to pay off poor coaches and get good coaches and landing great players. Empty stadiums do not land great players.
  16. 2 points
    It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Towson nearly swept the end-of-season awards. Took home Player (and setter) of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year.
  17. 2 points
    I had brought this up in a thread a year or so ago and I think it deserves repeating. I look at a school like Grand Canyon. It's located in the middle of Phoenix, which is a hotbed of major league sports not to mention having Arizona State right down the street, and numerous other nightlife opportunities. Last year, they averaged almost 7200 fans for a school that has 20,000 on campus. They've only been D-1 for 6-7 years and yet, they've immediately built it into numerous sellouts and that's with playing a WAC (not whack/wack/whatever) schedule. So I'd say that our people should be taking a field trip to Phoenix (it's nice this time of year) and pick the brains of the GCU people and find out how they can attract such a large amount of people to their games.
  18. 2 points
    I'm new to this board, but I wanted to introduce myself as Dan Steenkamer; I am a student journalist and the Delaware "Campus Correspondent" beat writer for HERO Sports FCS. I thought you all might be interested in having a peek at a new story on HEROSports.com: Delaware-Towson Pits Ambrose Brothers Against Each Other In Crucial CAA Game. In the article, Blue Hens head coach Danny Rocco and offensive coordinator Jared Ambrose discuss the significance of the Ambrose-vs.-Ambrose reunion and tackle what makes Tom Flacco so hard to defend as well as Towson's penchant for takeaways. There is no subscription necessary to view any HERO Sports coverage. I hope you enjoy!
  19. 2 points
    Got to see hoops practice on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was mostly about drills so I decided to wait until today to make a report. First saw Solomon U. on the side working out, which meant he was obviously injured but not seriously because he wasn't limping. Found out he had a scope on his knee and should be back shortly. His brother Vic got a lot of playing time the last couple of days with Solomon out and Nakye Sanders slowed by an ankle injury. Guys that sit out are usually not that involved but in the post, we only had Tunstall and freshman Charles Thompson. Juwan Gray is a stretch four, he's not really a typical Towson power forward. So Sunday, got a better view of the team as they did more five-one-five stuff. Situational stuff, shot clock at 8, but at least a lot of five-one-five, which is better than five on none. Coach Skerry is trying to limit the contact to save bodies this early in camp. That's understandable considering two guys are banged up and even Timberlake is dealing with a back issue. It's all about the point guard play. As expected, T.J. (Tobias) Howard was playing more shooting guard. Jakigh Dottin and Jason Gibson are basically vying for the starting spot. Dottin is fine defensively, but he doesn't offer much of a threat as a shooter. As for Gibson, I don't love his set shot jumper but it's not bad for a three-pointer. His floater worked extremely well and he can go to his left just as well as he can go to his right. He's probably a legit 6-1 and close to 170 pounds after putting on weight so he's not that thin. But the thing that stands out is his passing. He'll drive the lane and kick it out, which is something you haven't seen that often in Towson point guards. He thinks pass-first but is a threat to score if you back off or think he's too slow. He's always looking to dish it to Fobbs in the corner or Timberlake. It's early, but I think they have finally found a legit point guard. At least with Dottin and Howard, you have guys that can fill in just in case. In Howard, I can see him play some with Gibson, off the ball or on it. They say the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores. Or that the biggest improvement players make is from their freshman to sophomore seasons. Corny cliches' but I think the latter is usually true after covering games forever. That's not always the case but it was in guys like Mike Morsell. I think Nick Timberlake has made some strides though technically he is a freshman. He looks more confident in his jumper though he does double-clutch on his mid-range shot. He's not really thinking on his three-point shot. He's just shooting it. And for the most part, it's going in. I remember watching him last summer when he just showed up. I wasn't sure about his jumper and thought he should take it to the hoop more because of his ups. I still think he should take it to the hoop more but his jumper looks better. I can say the same thing about AB (Betrand). He's playing with a lot more confidence and they like his defensive ability. He'll see time at the 2 and 3. I'd like to see him play with Gibson more because his size and defense could help if he starts at the 2. Gibson will have his struggles on that end. Most freshmen have issues on D. He's not bad but teams will attack him. Betrand can help some though Timberlake might be too good not to start. It's not a bad problem to have if these second-year guys continue to improve. Other than Gibson, the key is Gray. He's probably going to start at the 4. He gives the team another scoring option next to Fobbs, so teams won't just harp on 23. I thought he looked great in the shooting drills on Saturday. Really nice rotation on the ball and great on corner threes. In the five-on-five stuff, I didn't really notice him. He didn't really force anything. Doesn't appear to slash to the basket much or post up. Just has to be more involved in the offense. But again, these are drills. Might find out more next week when they scrimmage. Charles Thompson, the 6-7, 235-pound freshman looks good. Doesn't shoot outside of 5 feet, Typical old-school power forward. Can rebound, has very long arms and score down low. Should play some though with Solomon, Dennis, Nakye and Gray, not sure there will be a lot of time for him. I guess if Solomon was out for a long period of time, they could redshirt him. But I also think he has better potential as he can shoot from distance and has a nice touch overall but can also post up. Sanders might get the start because he can help Gray rebounding (not that Gray is bad), but is bigger and more physical than DT. Either way, DT and Sanders will play a lot in the post. Thompson and Solly will have to fight for the other minutes. I'll have more comments later from PS. The rest is pretty much status quo.
  20. 2 points
    This team is on fire. Beat the pre-season favorites a week ago and swept last year's top team (Hofstra) this past weekend.
  21. 2 points
    Agreed. A road win, against a ranked team, is always good. The fact that it was quite a distance and a beat down made it more impressive. Heard reports, that we bused up there. Any truth to that?? There are only 30 or so posters here that are on consistently so that is the reason for lack of buzz, along with the history of no one in the community/campus caring. We have 18,000+ undergrads and 6,000 of them live on campus with thousands more in off campus apartments around campus. We are going to be playing a top 15 opponent, with a brand name (some students may be tricked into thinking of Nova in basketball terms/stature) Its going to be sunny and in the low 70's on Saturday, and all of the other football teams are either off or away, there is no reason that there shouldn't be 10,000 people there!
  22. 2 points
    They are an FBS team last I checked and just beat South Florida. You should never schedule a triple option team. Nearly impossible to prepare for.
  23. 2 points
    Was the 2018 football season a success? It's a bit if a grey area because while the Tigers made the playoffs for the first time since 2013, they also finished at 7-5, lost at home in the playoffs in a driving rainstorm to Duquesne (31-10) and lost four of their last five games. Last season, Towson made substantive changes to improve from 5-6 (3-5 CAA) to 7-5 (5-3 CAA). Going 5-3 in the CAA was enough to put the in the NCAA playoffs unlike 2015 (when they finished 5-3), based on an impressive 41-10 road win over Elon but there were several issues, starting with a defense that finished last in the CAA in yards per game allowed (3895ypg), 8th in pass defense (202.2ypg) and last (12th) in run defense (187.2ypg). They also finished 10th in pass defense efficiency at 129.3 and last in third down conversions on defense (40.5%). Those numbers forced a few more changes on staff. Lyndon Johnson was moved from defensive coordinator to special teams coordinator (replacing long-time coach Joe Tricario) and Eric Daniels was brought in as new coordinator/inside linebackers coach. Daniels was the DC at Briar Cliff in Iowa and had experience at SMU as the linebacker coach. Towson also added Nate Brown, formerly at North Texas, to replace Scott Lakatos. Daniels will bring a new 3/4 scheme, which means there will be some movement in terms of position. Last season, senior OLB/DE Ricky DeBerry (6-1, 245) played mainly defensive end and recorded 34 tackles with 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He'll move inside to linebacker where the Oklahoma transfer will play next to last year's leading tackler Robert Heyward (5-10, 235). The senior linebacker was the bright spot of the defense last season, recording 99 tackles with 10.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He was the lone defender on the preseason All-CAA first-team. So DeBerry and Heyward appear to be the strength of the defense. At outside linebacker, Towson returns senior Keon Paye (6-0, 230), who had a solid season with 74 tackles, 5.0 TFLs, two picks and two pass breakups. Paye has never really had that breakout season, after starting out as a safety and one point, playing both sides of the ball in the early part of his career. Senior Malik Tyne (6-3, 250) is expected to be the other outside linebacker. Tyne has been a backup defensive end for most of his career. Last year, he was productive with 31 tackles, 9 TFls and three sacks with six quarterback hurries. Redshirt sophomore Nygil Johnson (6-3, 220) played sparingly last season. The former Nevada commit has had issues trying to put on weight but is a natural pass rusher. An x-factor at outside linebacker could be senior John Lambert (6-3, 235), who has had an excellent camp and earned a scholarship over the summer. The Dean College grad played in just five games last year and wasn't a major contributor. The key this offseason was to address both lines. The key to the run defense starts on the defensive line. Last season, Zain Harps-Upshur and (36 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 2.5 sacks) tried to keep the unit together despite not being close to 100%. Niquekko Cook (9 games, 28 tackles) was injured and played on one leg about half the season. Tibo Tebaille (6-3, 290) played in just one game due an injury and juco transfer Charles Garrett (one sack) left the team after seven games. Sophomore Sam Gyeni (12 tackles, 11 games) is the most productive of the inside linemen. He has looked good in camp and the 5-11, 280-pounder could get the start at nose guard. Another possibility is redshirt sophomore Vinnie Shaffer (5-11, 305), a D2 transfer from St. Anselm, who is a Baltimore native. One thing is certain, Towson will have many more options than last season up front and they need just three starting lineman. Junior Bryce Carter (6-2, 265) can play DT in the new scheme or outside linebacker. He was a 4-3 defensive end last season, leading the line with 52 tackles, 14 TFLs and 6.5 sacks. He'll have some help from junior Marcus Bowman (6-2, 255), a juco transfer from ASA College in New York, who is a native of Upper Marlboro. Bowman has shown flashes of potential in practice and will likely play in some rotation at the three technique. Right now, it's difficult to say what the line is going to look like when Towson plays The Citadel on Saturday. They could go with Gyeni, Carter and Bowman though Debaille gives them more size. He really hasn't played since 2017 and might be limited as he was not out there on Saturday in the scrimmage. Neither was redshirt freshman Jesus Gibbs (6-3, 295), one of the top defensive line transfers Towson has ever garnered. The South Carolina transfer was a four-star offensive lineman from Potomac HS in Virginia. He did not play in the scrimmage on Saturday and his status is undetermined for Saturday's game. But at least there is depth and options. Junior Tommy Danagogo (6-3, 305) is another option at nose guard and well, Ambrose is always known to have a trick up his sleeve. One player that could be a late bloomer is Nebraska transfer Quashon Alexander (6-3, 250), who is athletic enough to play outside linebacker but right now, has been playing up front. Another issue defensively last season was the secondary. Safety Monty Fenner (71 tackles, 1 pick, 9 PBU) is gone, but true sophomore Jamal Gay (36 tackles) is back. The Beltsville, Md. native is now 6-1, 200 and the experience taking over for (now LB) Mantriel Reaves, should really help this season. The bigger question is who takes over on the other side. Kansas transfer Robert Topps III (6-3, 205) looks like a star in the making, but where will he play? He lined up at nickel corner, strong safety and free safety. Juco transfers Steven Brown (5-11, 200) and Stanley Davis (6-0, 200) were playing extensively in the summer as was junior Coby Tippett, who does have some experience. Tipppett could be the guy in the opener based on experience though it will be tough to judge since The Citadel is a triple-option team. That leaves the cornerback position and that surprisingly has remained the same, despite the issues from last season. Senior Terrell Gillette (5-10, 180) has had an outstanding camp, coming off a season where he recorded 40 tackles and nine pass breakups with one fumble recovery but no picks. He struggled at times, along with senior Brandon Shuman (6-0, 180), who had 28 tackles and six pass breakups. Communication was a problem with the safeties and linebackers last season. Safety play wasn't completely to blame for the secondary issues but they did not help. Redshirt freshmen Robert Javier (6-1, 195) and Jirhe Love (6-0, 195) are possible starters next season but they might not want to wait. Javier is a long, athletic corner in the mold of Tye Smith, who has been hampered by injuries in summer camp. He could start out as a nickel corner but watch for his progress this season. Another key performer could be senior Troy Vincent Jr. (5-11, 205), who has played linebacker and nickel corner in camp. The special teams ace has not been an impact player in the secondary due to injuries but he could make a big one this season in nickle and dime situations.
  24. 2 points
    One thing I forgot to mention was that I was impressed with the play of Tristan Harris, the fourth-string quarterback. I loved his play-fakes and ability to run, even though he's coming off knee surgery and is now listed at 6-2, 220. Really not sure who the backup quarterback is right now, ok Stover, but Harris might be third-string. I like Jeff Miller but he just doesn't fit this offense at all. He's a big pocket passer in a world of dual-thread spread, read-option athletic qbs. Next year, if he's the starter, they'll have to go back to a more traditional offense.
  25. 2 points
    https://towsontigers.com/news/2019/8/10/football-completes-first-week-of-camp-holds-first-scrimmage.aspx So, hoping to see a lot of the newcomers out there today and many of them were out due to conditioning, injuries, etc. Grzymkowski was missing at left guard so r-freshman Alex Desire stepped in. Brown Tuiasosopo was out due to conditioning so right guard was a revolving door. Cheripko played some there along with Marshall transfer Olawle Layeni (6-3, 335), who is an absolute monster but doesn't move particularly well. Former DT John Mullins (6-5, 300) also played time there. DeMarcus Gilmore (6-4, 360) played right tackle because Temple transfer Darian Bryant (6-5, 320) was out. Gilmore is pretty athletic for his size. You get the picture. Same thing with the D-Line. Didn't get to see Jesus Gibbs, the SC transfer or Neb. transfer Quashon Alexander. We are definitely going with a 3-4 scheme and those guys will be a part of it along with Tibo Debaille (6-3, 290), Vinnie Shaffer (6-0, 310), Bryce Carter and Marcus Bowman, who looks really good. Not sure who will start but we will be quick. Ricky DeBerry was out with an ankle issue. None of these injuries to key players are serious thus far. Not that I've heard of anyhow. On offense, Flacco was as good as usual. A lot of competition at third receiver. Daniel Thompson, Darran Street and Ryan Rutkowski will all see time along with Leatherbury and Allen. Really impressed with freshman Charles Murphy (6-2, 180). Made a nice fingertip catch from Jeff Miller, who has been kind of erratic since the spring. I think Ryan Stover keeps the backup job and next spring, I'm sure they'll bring in 1-2 qb transfers. Nice catch and long run by Collin Hirschmann (6-6, 247), who is a r-freshman. Not really known for his receiving. Thompson continues to impress for a freshman and Street is another explosive receiver with good size. Kobe Young, Yeedee Thenrat (surgery) and Adrian Platt were out as well nursing minor injuries so a lot of time for Shane Simpson with the ones. Again, that's why I thought they would bring in another back. A little surprised to see Gillette and Shuman back at the starting cornerbacks. I guess that could change. Troy Vincent has been moved to linebacker and that could be a strong move to see him in coverage. Robert Topps, the transfer from Kansas, looks sensational. He was playing free safety, strong safety, might play some corner. He's 6-2, 205 and long. Here are some comments from RA after the practice: On first scrimmage "Got to evaluate a lot of young guys, who is going to be help us in the fall. Schematically some of the additions, what they can do well and what they can't do." "Today was a complete evaluation. There is going to be a lot of up and downs. Just throwing kids out here and evaluating. Throwing things up against the wall, see if it sticks. "By the time we get to Wednesday or Thursday of next week, things start to get pared down. Things get honed toward the real deal. Not just about football, but where will guys play. Probably 25% of that next Saturday of what the real is next Saturday. The Tuesday after is what will be real." On the offensive line "Ok. It's a revolving door. (Grzymkowski) not being 100% healthy, with Cassells not being 100% health, with Brown (Tuiasosopo) just getting here, we will have a lot of work to do but I like where we are going. We are bigger, stronger. Darrian Bryant is on the sideline. Should be here by Monday. Finnish kid just showed up yesterday. Needed Immigration stuff. We have some big people on the offensive line. Bryant and Gilmore are playing around at right guard, right tackle. Cheripko has played them all during camp. Brown hasn't had a chance to compete but we like what he can be. Throwing him in the mix with the guards and centers. The depth and size has gotten really good. The competition makes them better." On moving OL to DL "Don't need to. Vinny (Shaffer) is playing well. Marcus Bowman is having a tremendous camp. Bowman and Shaffer have taking it up a level and raising the play of everybody and Bryce Carter is playing well. Robert Heyward is having a great camp. Chiz was in an out. Ricky (Deberry) was playing great before he hurt his ankle. Malik (Tyne) is playing well. The group themselves seems really solid. They take a lot better than we did last season. Keon Paye had a solid and consistent day. That's a big step for him. On Robert Topps "He's long. I'd like to see him put on some poundage but he's a really smart kid. Hard working. Figured out the defense fast. The guys have taken him. Testament to the coaches and recruiting. We've adopted these guys immediately. He can play corner." Shuman is playing the right techniques. Coach Brown has done a great job on the back end. A year ago, we picked the defense apart. We covered extremely well, which is why Tom ran a lot (and ran well). We didn't throw it as much because we covered so well." On WR Charles Murphy "With the four game rule (redshirting), if they know what they are doing, they are going to play. He's on that cusp that he's going to see his four games. Then we are going to evaluate where he is and whether his body can take it." On third WR "Rutkowski is Sam (Gallahan) 2.0. He's a bit taller and thicker. (He points towards Roman Warheit at 6-7, 350, running sprints after practice). Street, Thompson and Rut, Don't sell out D'Ago Hunter. That group is deep and strong. I don't know if we've ever had this many guys that were contributors." Tight end "Good to have Chris Clark back on a regular basis. He needs some work. I'm encouraged with Jason Epps in camp. He didn't have his best day. This is the first time he's ever put his hand down that he's a tight end (was a qb). Love what he's doing. Those two will carry the load. Hamilton will play fullback."

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