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Towson football returns from bye week, dives back into routine with Saturday's game vs. Elon

Rob Ambrose and a well-rested Towson football team welcome last-place Elon to Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday.
Rob Ambrose and a well-rested Towson football team welcome last-place Elon to Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday. (Steve Ruark, Baltimore Sun)

The bye week was a mixed blessing for Towson.

The Tigers (3-5 overall and 1-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association) needed time off to rest injured and tired players. But coach Rob Ambrose acknowledged that the bye interrupted his team's routine.

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"It is extremely beneficial for them to get this time off, that their bodies need time to heal," Ambrose said Monday morning during his weekly conference call arranged by the league. "In a lot of cases, their souls need time to heal. But the biggest thing coming off a bye week is getting back into the rhythm. You need to enjoy and appreciate the time you had off, but you need to be able to get back onto the treadmill and go at the same speed that you were gong. That was the challenge to the team in our locker room on Sunday and it's a challenge to the veterans, and there's two ways to get that done. They can do it themselves in the locker room or rely on me to help get it done for them."

Perhaps fortunately for Towson, the team welcomes CAA newcomer Elon to Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Phoenix (1-7, 0-4) have played seven consecutive weeks, and coach Rich Skrosky said he thinks a well-rested Tigers squad will be more than ready for Saturday.

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"I think it's advantageous for Rob," Skrosky said Monday morning. "I think in an ideal world, we would not have had a bye in Week 2, but being a first-year coach, the schedule was made."

Elon has dropped five straight and is tied with Rhode Island (0-8, 0-4) for last place in the conference. But Ambrose said the Tigers should not look past Elon.

"I could say that there's probably somebody asking the head coach at Elon the exact same question about us, knowing full well that we look like a MASH unit," he said. "These are two football teams that have played in this conference and enjoyed the physicality of it. Are we getting them at a good time? No. I'd rather get a team that was coming off a win and might think they're somebody special now. We have to make sure that doesn't become us."

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