TOWSON, Md. - Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tiger senior football players welcomed an near-capacity crowd to the 2009 Towson University Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday afternoon at the Auburn House Pavillion.
Catered by Boston Market, one of Towson's newest corporate partners, the luncheon gave corporate partners, media, alumni, former Tiger football players and season ticket holders a preview of the Tigers' 2009 football season.
Hosted by Spiro Morekas, '83, the luncheon featured remarks by Director of Athletics Mike Hermann and Coach Ambrose. The Tigers' ten seniors, including offensive tackle Dan Bridges, linebacker Alex Butt, wide receiver Casey Cegles, tight end John Godlasky, student assistant Richard Lee, wide receiver David Newsom, punter Bill Shears, defensive end Brady Smith, wide receiver Tamba Tongu and tight end Wes White, also made a few remarks at the request of Coach Ambrose.
Butt, the Tigers' lone returning senior on defense, assured the audience that "the 22 guys we put on the field will be the hardest-playing guys that Towson has had in a long time."
The fourth head coach in Towson football history, Coach Ambrose praised his seniors for their efforts. He said, "This is a group that has accepted the challenge that we presented to them. They have made themselves responsible for things greater than themselves. Their hard work and commitment has been tremendous and they have been good role models for the younger players in our program.
"Ten years from now, I hope that this group of seniors will return to campus and be proud of the fact that they were here for the first season," he added. "We want them to remember that they were here when it all started."
Previewing the season, Coach Ambrose said, "We are going to have a fight on our hands every week. On our 11-game schedule, six of the teams are ranked in the Top 25. Our first opponent, Northwestern, is ranked in the Top 25 at the major college level. Plus, five of our conference games will be played against Top 25 teams, including the defending national champion, Richmond. The Colonial Athletic Association is the Southeastern Conference of the NCAA FCS football."
Ambrose added, "I can't make any predictions but I will guarantee you that we will fight for 60 minutes every week. When you're in a fight, you can do one of two things. You can either lay there and take it. Or you can come out swinging. We plan to come out swinging."
The Tigers open their 2009 season on Saturday, September 5 when they travel to Northwestern University for an 11:00 a.m. (CST) kickoff. The game will be televised by The Big Ten Network. Towson's home opener is slated fro Saturday, September 19 against Coastal Carolina a 7:00 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.