Corey Ford started 11 of12 games last year.
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Corey Ford started 11 of12 games last year.
| @Towson_FB Holds Longest Practice Of Spring
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 04/01/2012

TOWSON, Md. - The Tiger football team held its fifth practice session of the Spring on Sunday morning. The Tigers took the field at 9 a.m. and practiced until 11:45 a.m.

It also marked the fourth consecutive day that the Tigers held a practice session.

"I was pleased with effort but we need to work on consistency," said Coach Rob Ambrose. "We are turning the ball over on offense too much. We can't do that. On the other hand, our defense is hitting hard and causing turnovers.

Although it is normal for the defense to be playing better than the offense at this stage of the season, the Tiger coach wants the offense to do a better job taking care of the ball.

"The building process never ends," he says. "We are moving in the right direction."

One of the highlights of the early practice sessions has been the play of the Tiger defensive backs. Last season, the Tigers finished the year lacking depth in the secondary.

According to cornerbacks Coach Derrick Johnson, that will not be an issue this year.

Junior Corey Ford and sophomore Tye Smith are the returning starters at the cornerback spots. Ford started 11 of 12 games in 2011. Hemade 54 tackles and led the Tigers with six pass breakups. He also forced two  fumbles, recovered another fumble and intercepted a pass.

Smith became a starter late in the season and made a huge impact. A starter in four of 11 games, he made 49 tackles and broke up three passes. In the Tigers' 56-42 victory over No. 7 New Hampshire, he made nine tackles, broke up a pass and forced a fumble. He also intercepted two passes and returned one of them 45 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. He was honored as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week.

The Tigers' depth was improved in the off-season when two transfer students joined the program. Sophomore cornerback Jordan Love transferred to Towson from the University of Georgia while Ben Harvey, a "red shirt" freshman, transferred from the University of South Carolina.

"Having this type of quality depth gives us a number of options," says Johnson. "We are already faster and bigger and we are much more physical at the corners. Not only did we add some people, but Corey and Tye got better in the off-season.

"The new guys are fitting in very well so far," says Johnson. "They are learning how to practice at the intensity level we require. Jordan is a very coachable player and Ben is doing a great job learning techniques."

With all the added depth, Coach Johnson is looking forward to playing a number of different coverage packages this season.

The Tigers will not practice on Monday morning. They return to the practice field on Tuesday morning at 5:00 a.m.


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