Terrance West

Towson's Terrance West celebrates a touchdown with Sam Evans and Eric Pike (71) in the first quarter against North Dakota State. (Tim Heitman / USA Today Sports / January 4, 2014)

FRISCO, Texas  Running back Terrance West said he has not made a decision about whether to return to Towson for his senior year, and will meet with coach Rob Ambrose on Sunday to review his options.

West rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries, caught five passes for 39 yards and scored on a 3-yard run in the Tigers' 35-7 loss to North Dakota State in the Football Championship Subdivision title game Saturday. He has already set FCS records for rushing yards in a single season (2,509) and total touchdowns (42), and has drawn attention from NFL analysts for his speed, power and vision.

But the Baltimore native and Northwestern graduate — who will turn 23 on Jan. 28 — insisted that he is still considering his options.

"I'm not sure yet," West said when asked whether he is leaning toward declaring for the NFL draft. "Ask me that question in a couple more days."


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Ambrose said he and West will discuss a variety of subjects, which include getting his degree in sports management and where he would be projected to go in the draft.

"On the whole and almost in all cases, I can tell you that the history of an education and what it will do for the rest of your life … is more important than a short-lived NFL career," Ambrose said. "But Terrance is also an older player. He was an older freshman, he was an older true freshman, and he's an older junior. I would say that it's not a question of whether Terrance has the talent to play at the next level. There's going to be a conversation as to where he can actually go, and we're going to weigh both the possibility of him playing at the next level and the guaranteed continuation of his education and obtaining his degree at some point or I will kill him. And he knows it, too."

Ambrose, 43, addressed his own future, which has been a topic of debate as the team's run to NCAA tournament final has raised his profile. But Ambrose said his commitment to his alma mater remains strong.

"I'm a Tiger," he said. "I love the town. I love the school. I love the kids. I told you this before: my daughters were born there. I don't think [the University of] Texas is going to offer me the job. I can't see me going anywhere else."

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