The Tigers are riding a three-game winning streak capped by last Saturday's 19-0 shutout of visiting Delaware. It marked the first time they had shut out an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision opponent since Nov. 2, 2002, when that squad blanked Monmouth, 20-0.
So far, ex-Maryland Terrapin Jacquille Veii is faring well for the Towson Tigers (4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association), who weIcome Delaware (3-4, 2-2) on Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff. Veii leads the team in catches (28) and receiving yards (348) and has become redshirt senior quarterback Connor Frazier's favorite target.
The Tigers helped themselves enormously by outlasting Colonial Athletic Association foe Stony Brook, 21-14, a week ago. Not only did they collect their first win in the CAA this season and improve to 1-2 in the conference, but they also gave themselves an outside shot at the league championship and a potential spot in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
With a 3-3 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson is still playing for the present, which could include a berth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Towson quarterback Connor Frazier ran for 15 yards on a fake punt, had three touchdown passes and played through some jarring hits against undefeated James Madison on Saturday. Despite his hard-nosed play, the Tigers still could not keep pace with dynamic Dukes quarterback Vad Lee, who strengthened his case for the Walter Payton Award, given to the most outstanding player in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Georgia Tech transfer threw for a career-high five touchdowns as James Madison,
Towson is slated to tangle with five National Player of the Year candidates from the Colonial Athletic Association at the Football Championship Subdivision level, and the first one stepping up to the challenge is James Madison quarterback Vad Lee.
It is the nature of life that some things do not lend themselves to easy answers or perfectly happy endings, which is certainly true of the curious case of Gavin Class. Class is the Towson football player who nearly died after suffering massive internal damage from heatstroke and is now suing to force the university to let him make a storybook return to the Tigers roster.
Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, a former Towson football player, was killed in action in Afghanistan last November. He will be honored at Saturday's Military Appreciation Night at Johnny Unitas Stadium, where the Tigers will play Holy Cross and the university hopes to take the concept of honoring the men and women of our armed forces to a higher level.
Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 24 points as the Atlanta Dream (15-19) concluded its season with a 73-71 victory over Washington on Sunday, making the Mystics the Eastern Conference's fourth seed in the WNBA playoffs.
After transferring from Iowa in June 2014, sitting out last year, and overcoming a bout of mononucleosis last month, the senior free safety made his first career start in the Tigers' season-opening 28-20 loss at East Carolina on Saturday.
The Tigers will open the season against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent for the ninth time in school history and for the fifth time in the seven-year tenure of coach Rob Ambrose. They are 1-7 all-time against FBS foes with the lone victory being a 33-18 win over Connecticut on Aug. 29, 2013.
James Simms of Laurel had some modest goals last season as a redshirt freshman at Towson University. A 6-foot-3 linebacker, the Reservoir High graduate started 11 games for the Tigers and led Towson in tackles with 99.
Succeeding Terrance West, who set NCAA Football Championship Subdivision records in rushing yards (2,509) and rushing touchdowns (41) in 2013, was supposed to be a difficult task, but Darius Victor led the CAA in rushing last year in his first season as a starter.