CONFERENCE: Colonial Athletic Association



STADIUM: Johnny Unitas Stadium

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OUTLOOK: Coming off a magical season in which the Tigers went from perennial doormats in the toughest league in the Football Championship Subdivision to surprising league champions, the expectations have been ratcheded up more than a few notches. Towson will play two Football Bowl Subdivision opponents in the same season for the first time, including a trip to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU, the top-ranked team in USA Today's preseason coach's poll, on Sept. 29. But Ambrose, who was recognized for his success with a contract extension, returns 18 of the team's 22 starters, including FCS Freshman of the Year Terrance West (Northwestern) and All-CAA first team defensive end Frank Beltre. The key to Towson's continued rise on the national scene might be its offensive line, which lost only one starter (albeit All-CAA tackle Henry Glackin). If the line can be as good if not better than last season, it will give senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill) a chance to make plays with his feet and a more-than-adequate arm. Not only are the Tigers experienced on both sides of the ball, they have plenty of depth, particularly at running back behind West (who is still listed as a backup to Dominique Booker) and wide receiver. Towson should be better defensively since three of the four starters in the secondary played as freshmen. What should also help at home is the fact that Johnny Unitas Stadium, which sold out for the first time in school history against Lehigh in the opening round of the playoffs, should be nearly filled from the start of the season if the Tigers keep winning.

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