TOWSON, Md. - The Tigers close out their spring football season by hosting the inaugural Tiger Bowl, formerly known as the Black and Gold Spring Football Game, on Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. in Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
Admission to the Tiger Bowl is free and open to the public. In addition, parking will be free on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Tiger Bowl is a highlight of an exciting day of athletic activities on the Towson University campus.
Tiger Bowl Saturday starts at 9 a.m. with a Youth Football Clinic that will be held in the Towson University Soccer Complex. The clinic is open to all eighth graders or younger and it will be conducted by the Tiger coaching staff.
At the conclusion of the Youth Football Clinic, the Tiger women's soccer team will host its annual alumni game in the Towson Soccer Complex.
At 10 a.m., the Tiger Football Alumni Game will be played in Unitas Stadium. Former football players will return to the gridiron in a game of flag football on Minnegan Field.
Following the Tiger Football Alumni Game, the football alumni will hold a tailgate in Parking Lot 19 starting at 11:15 a.m.
When the Tigers kick off the inaugural Tiger Bowl, the game will showcase the Tigers' defensive unit, a group that has excited Coach Rob Ambrose (right) and his staff.
"We've spent the last year-and-a-half trying to develop a defense that is enthusiastic about being tough and physical," says Coach Ambrose. "We want them to play intelligently, play physical and be aggressive. We've been playing that kind of defense all spring."
A deep and talented group of linebackers has been leading the defensive unit.
Rising seniors Chris Patterson, Josh McCants and Winn McAloney have played well among the Tigers' linebackers. Veteran Danzel White, who led the Tigers in tackles as a freshman, has returned to the team and is a bigger, better linebacker now.
"Anyone who saw Danzel play for us two years ago won't recognize him," says Ambrose. "He is much bigger, faster and smarter."
"It's been fun watching all those linebackers working hard to get better," says Ambrose. "The competition enables them to bring out the best in each other."
Junior safety Jordan Dangerfield, who led the team with 96 tackles last year, has continued to embrace his role as one of the team's vocal leaders.
Athens is the most experience signal-caller of the trio. As a first-year freshman in 2009, he started the first six games of the season. He passed for 691 yards and six touchdowns two years ago. However, an ACL injury sidelined him for the second half of the season and the entire 2010 campaign.
Coach Ambrose has been very pleased with the progress that Potts has made this spring. He says, "Brian has improved immensely. He has matured as a team leader and has a much better understanding of what we're trying to do."
The Tiger quarterbacks will have a talented group of wide receivers to use as targets. Juniors Tom Ryan, Erron Banks and Alex Blake have done well in the spring. The wide receiving corps has more depth this season with the presence of newcomers Jared Dangerfield and Justen Davis.
"As a coach, you'd like to see the offense and defense making progress together," says Coach Ambrose. "But that doesn't always happen. Both units have looked good at different times this spring."
While Ambrose admits that his team is excited about playing in the Tiger Bowl, he also feels it will be a day of mixed emotions for many of his players.
"These guys love to play football," he explains. "They are excited to come out here every day and practice and they are excited about the opportunities to get better. While I know they can't wait for the Tiger Bowl, they also know it's the end of spring football and they won't be able to practice three times a week."
The Tiger Bowl will also be available on Audio Live Streaming with Spiro Morekas and Mat Schlissel describing the action. Live Stats will also be provided. To access Live Streaming and Live Stats, visit www.TowsonTigers.com.
At the same time as the Tiger Bowl, the Tiger softball team will be hosting an important CAA doubleheader against James Madison University on the Towson Center Field starting at noon.
At 7:30 p.m., the Tiger men's lacrosse team will host CAA rival St. Joseph's University in Unitas Stadium in its season finale.