Towson's inspiring 33-18 victory over Connecticut in the season opener for both teams last Thursday night overshadowed the absence of cornerback Jordan Love.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior – who led the team in interceptions last season with two and tied for second with five pass breakups – has been plagued by a foot injury lingering since the spring, and coach Rob Ambrose said the All-Colonial Athletic Association second-team selection in 2012 is "50-50" for Saturday's road contest at Holy Cross (0-1).
"Not having Jordan hurts on many levels," Ambrose said during a conference call Monday morning organized by the conference. "He's a consistent starter who is a proven winner and his experience back there is something we rely on. He's done a great job in the interim of coming back from his injury, mentoring our young corners and doing a fantastic job as a player-coach. He's getting healthy and getting closer and closer every day. I can't put a timetable on when he'll be there, but I can tell you that he's ahead of schedule, and he's very, very hungry."
Love's absence was filled by sophomore Donnell Lewis. The 5-10, 160-pound Lewis recorded four tackles and paced the defense with two pass breakups.
Ambrose said he was impressed with what he saw from Lewis in his first career start.
"I thought Donnell did a very good job, an admirable job against a group of wideouts that were just physically flat-out larger than us," Ambrose said. "Their wideouts looked like giants. No intimidation on any part by any of our guys. Donnell held his own out there. As a matter of fact, if he would have trusted his technique, he would have had a pick in the first series of the game. So I'm excited to see his progress. I know that he had a lot to learn from after we watched the film, and you make your greatest strides between Week 1 and Week 2, they say. So I'm looking forward to seeing how he does."
Ambrose also disclosed that senior D.J. Soven and fifth-year senior Drew Evangelista will compete for placekicking duties this week. Soven, who had converted 91.8 percent (89-of-97) of his extra-point attempts in 2011 and 2012, missed 2-of-3 against the Huskies. Evangelista went 2-of-2, leading to this week's competition.
Ambrose said he has sympathy for kickers.
"They have the toughest job out there," he said. "You get called upon at a moment's notice semi-cold, and you've got to perform. The best kickers are the ones that you don't hear about. They're kind of like officials. We've evaluated the film and have a little bit of a competition going on in practice. But I guarantee you that the product we put on the field Saturday is going to be better than what we did last week."