TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore running back Terrance West, senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield and junior offensive tackle Eric Pike of Towson University have been named to the 2012 Phil Steele Magazine Football Championship Subdivision All-America team.
West, who led the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing with 1,046 yards in 10 games, earned second team honors. Dangerfield and Pike were named as fourth team All-American selections.
A two-time All-CAA first team selection, West ran for 1,046 yards on 195 carries in 2012. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry and scored 14 rushing touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. With 15 touchdowns scored, he led the CAA for the second year in a row. The 23rd-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, he was ninth in the nation.
In two seasons with the Tigers, West has rushed for 2,340 yards and he is already the fifth-leading rusher in school history. He has scored 44 touchdowns in his 21-game career, just three shy of the school record held by Jason Corle, ’01.
A two-year co-captain for the Tigers, Dangerfield was a defensive leader for the top defensive team in the CAA. A starter in 10 games, he was third on the team with 69 tackles. A two-time All-CAA first team honoree, Dangerfield also led the Tigers with six pass breakups. He also forced one fumble and recovered another.
As a junior, Dangerfield made a team high 93 tackles despite missing two games with an injury. He was ranked seventh in the CAA in tackles and placed second among CAA defensive backs. Dangerfield also intercepted two passes last year and tied for the CAA lead with two fumble recoveries. He finished his three-year career with the Tigers with 258 tackles, tied for 11th on Towson’s all-time list. He also broke up 13 passes and recovered four fumbles.
Led by Dangerfield, the Tiger defense led the CAA by allowing 313.2 yards of total offense per game. Towson also led the CAA in pass defense, surrendering 174.27 passing yards per game. Towson ranked 16th in NCAA FCS in total defense.
As a senior, Dangerfield helped the No. 15 Tigers post a 7-4 record against a very difficult schedule that included Kent State and Louisiana State, a pair of bowl-bound NCAA FBS Top 25 teams. He also led Towson to its second straight CAA championship as the Tigers shared the championship with New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova.
The 6-5, 298-pound Pike has been a fixture at left tackle for the last three years. In fact, he has started 34 consecutive games and has been a key to the Tigers’ offense. In 2012, the Tiger offensive line allowed only 14 sacks in 11 games to rank 21st in NCAA FCS. The Tiger offense averaged 441.0 yards per game to rank 14th in the nation while the Tigers’ rushing offense averaged 229.0 yards per contest, 13th in the nation.
In addition, 12 Tigers were named to Phil Steele’s 2012 All-CAA team. Five Tigers were named to the All-CAA first team, including West, Dangerfield and Pike. Junior cornerback Jordan Love and junior offensive center Doug Shaw were also named to the All-CAA first team.
Towson finished the season with four consecutive wins, beating No. 19 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware, Rhode Island and No. 7 New Hampshire to earn a share of the CAA championship. The Tigers have compiled a 13-3 record in CAA games the last two years.