On Friday, Towson released its first depth chart, and one of the notable developments was at free safety where redshirt sophomore Jordan Mynatt ranked ahead of junior Christian Carpenter, a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association last season.
During his weekly conference call Monday afternoon, Tigers coach Rob Ambrose said Mynatt, a Columbia native and Wilde Lake graduate, has grown exponentially since training camp opened Aug. 4.
“From where he was a year ago, he’s a lot more skilled and knowledgeable at the position,” Ambrose said. “And from where he has come in the last week-and-a-half, he’s grown immensely. So we’ve gone from having a question mark to being really excited about having him in there.”
Mynatt could start in the team’s season opener Saturday at 6 p.m. against Central Connecticut at Johnny Unitas Stadium, because Carpenter is still battling the aftereffects of a concussion. Carpenter (Aberdeen) is still recovering, Ambrose said.
Last year, Carpenter matched strong safety Donnell Lewis with a team-leading four interceptions, and he ranked fourth in tackles with 98. Asking Mynatt to play at that level might seem like a lot to ask, but Ambrose expressed his confidence in him.
“I think we’re never going to ask kids if it’s too much,” Ambrose said. “The goal for them is to play to the best of their ability, and Jordan Mynatt certainly has a ton of talent and is moving in that direction. Whether he’s at the level that Christian is currently or where Christian has played previously is yet to be seen until we play someone other than ourselves. But I feel real good about how well we’ve recruited and how well we’ve coached and his ability to contribute to our success in the future. So having more than one really good guy at that position certainly bodes well for us in the long run.”
One position no longer in question is quarterback. Junior Connor Frazier, who scored the game-winning touchdown in the Tigers’ national semifinal win over Eastern Washington in December, has earned the starting job over redshirt senior Joe Brennan.
“In a young offense that graduated and lost so many guys, what Connor brings to what is left is some continuity,” Ambrose said. “He was in the huddle a lot playing multiple positions last year. He’s been extremely successful his entire career as a quarterback, and he’s not a guy that plays the position. He is the position. He has the intangibles that you want from every quarterback. He has leadership, he has the respect of the team, and he has the knowledge of a guy that has been in the system for a long time. So he brings a lot to the table, and we’re kind of counting on him.”