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Four Towson football players named to All-CAA first team

Towson football put four players on All-CAA first team. Only No. 1 New Hampshire had more.

Four Towson players -- senior defensive end Ryan Delaire, senior cornerback Tye Smith, sophomore running back Darius Victor and senior return specialist Derrick Joseph -- were selected to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team Tuesday.

Delaire, a two-time first-team choice, finished the regular season ranked second in the conference and 13th in the Football Championship Subdivision in sacks with 11. Delaire -- a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is given to the country’s top defensive player -- led the Tigers with 14 1/2 tackles for loss.

Smith paced the defense with eight pass breakups. The 2013 second-team All-CAA selection finished his career with 312 tackles, which ranks as the fifth most in program history.

Victor led the league and ranked 15th in the FCS with 1,305 yards, setting a Towson sophomore record. The 2013 CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, Victor led the conference with eight 100-yard rushing games and ranks eighth in the program’s all-time rushing list with 1,934 career rushing yards.

Joseph paced the league and ranked fourth in the FCS with 1,008 combined kick return and punt return yards. He graduates as the school’s all-time leader with four kick returns for touchdowns and returned his first punt for a score earlier in the season.

Only No. 1 New Hampshire placed more players (five) on the All-CAA first team. Junior punt returner Donnell Lewis was named to the second team, while senior defensive tackle garnered third-team honors.

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