Aug 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT
CAA Football will chronicle all 10 of its programs each weekday leading up to the 2010 season kickoff Thursday, Sept. 2. Using the league’s preseason poll as a guide we will work our way up to the league favorite. Check back each day for information on your favorite team.
Today’s squad: The Towson Tigers
Coming off an injury-plagued first season, Coach Rob Ambrose is confident that the 2010 Tigers will be improved.
“Mentally, we are leaps and bounds ahead of last year,” says Ambrose. “We are getting better. Last season was a learning experience. Our players understand the kind of effort it takes to be competitive on a consistent basis against great competition.”
Although the Tigers return 47 letter winners, most of their experience is on the defensive side of the ball where they are led by five veteran seniors.
Senior cornerbacks Jeremy Gardner and Ollie Thomas return as three-year starters to lead the secondary. Gardner has started 28 of 29 career games and has 124 tackles with 11 pass breakups. Thomas, who has appeared in 34 games with 27 starts, has 135 career tackles and has broken up 13 passes.
Another senior, safety Ray White, returns in the secondary. He has made 96 career tackles with five interceptions.
On the defensive line, senior tackle Yaky Ibia is the top returnee. A pre-season All-CAA selection, Ibia made 52 tackles last season and ranked among the CAA leaders in tackles for lost yardage.
Ibia will be joined on the line by tackle Marcus Valentine and defensive ends Romale Tucker and Frank Beltre.
Senior Donte Blakey is the Tigers’ most experienced linebacker. Despite missing most of last year with a shoulder injury, he has 80 career tackles with three fumble recoveries.
A two-year starter at safety who has made 118 tackles, Dan Collins has moved to linebacker.
Offensively, senior center Steve Jordan and junior tackle Henry Glackin are the most experienced linemen.
The offense will count on tailback Tremayne Dameron and wide receiver Hakeem Moore. Dameron ran for 588 yards last year and scored eight touchdowns. One of the CAA’s top kickoff returners, Moore has 77 career receptions for 838 yards.
Quarterback Peter Athens, who started six games as a freshman, will compete for the starting quarterback job with junior transfer Chris Hart, sophomore Brian Potts and senior Jeremy Jayne. Athens threw for 691 yards and six touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Delaware.
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10T/10D TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Name the Towson Head Coach who Rob Ambrose (current Tiger Head Coach) played for as a true freshman in college and the Towson record that same season.
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