At 6-foot-3, 217 pounds, wide receiver Christian Summers has a nice blend of size and quickness for the Towson football team. Which might explain why the senior hedges when asked if he views himself as a downfield threat or a possession receiver.
"I would say I'm an all-around wideout," he said Tuesday. "Just throw me the ball, and I'll catch it."
Summers lived up to that self-proclaimed billing during the team's red-zone drills at Johnny Unitas Stadium. He caught five passes for 48 yards and three touchdowns during the exercise.
"Scoring for your team is always a good feeling, and when you score, it gets everybody going," said Summers, who couldn't hold onto a fourth throw in the end zone because of some jostling from redshirt freshman cornerback Justice Pettus-Dixon (St. Frances).
After catching 98 balls for 1,854 yards and 20 touchdowns in two season at Valley Forge Military College, Summers finished his first year with the Tigers ranked fourth in receptions (26) and yards (368) and added two scores in 10 games including one start in a 10-7 win at Maine on Nov. 7.
"When I first came in, it was pretty hard because coming from my last school, it was not this high tempo and we didn't have that many plays," he said. "So getting acclimated was pretty hard in the beginning, but getting reps last year definitely helped me here, and it's just a lot easier knowing the plays and going over them."
Coach Rob Ambrose said he has noticed a few differences in Summers during training camp.
"A little bit smarter, a little bit older, a little more mature, a little more responsible, which shows up in a little more positive play and fewer bad plays," Ambrose said. "A year ago, if he made a bad play, it would take him five plays to recover. Now if he makes a bad play, it's probably one play to recover now. If we can get to a next-play mentality by the time we get to the season, we'll be all right."
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Summers, who has always had good hands, said he has spent much of the offseason working with wide receivers coach Mike Moyseenko and senior wide receiver Andre Dessenberg.