RICHMOND, Va. – Led by junior defensive tackle Arnold Farmer, Towson University placed 14 student-athletes on the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Football Academic All-Conference team.
An economics and accounting double major, Farmer started all 11 games for the Tigers and made 25 tackles. He also forced two fumbles, blocked a kick and had one sack. Farmer was also named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference team in 2010 and 2011.
Freshman linebacker Bryton Barr, sophomore quarterback Joe Brennan, freshman linebacker Riley Davis, junior place kicker Drew Evangelista, sophomore linebacker Greg Grant, freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder, sophomore tackle Jay Kenney, senior tight end Cory Kirby, junior cornerback Ryan Mays, sophomore running back Clayton Minnott, sophomore tackle Derek Pittman, sophomore wide receiver Mac Sanders and junior linebacker Eric Schuster joined Farmer as Towson representatives on the CAA Football Academic All-Conference squad.
“We are extremely proud of our young men who have committed themselves and have brought honor and distinction to Towson University,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “Excellence in the classroom is critical to our overall success and these young men are leading the way.”
Last season, the Tigers were one of four teams that shared the Colonial Athletic Association championship. New Hampshire, Richmond, Villanova and the Tigers each posted 6-2 records in CAA action. For Towson, it was its second straight CAA championship. The Tigers, who played one of the toughest schedules in NCAA FCS football in 2012, finished the season with a 7-4 overall record and were ranked 17th in the nation.
With 14 student-athletes named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference, the Tigers were third in the CAA.
New Hampshire led all CAA football schools with 24 honorees. Georgia State had 16 players honored, followed by Towson (14). James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary each had 13 players honored. Rhode Island had 12 players honored, followed by Villanova (11), Old Dominion (10), Maine (8) and Delaware (7).
Towson’s 14 selections to the CAA Academic All-Conference team represent the highest single season total of Academic All-Conference honorees since the Tigers joined the CAA. In each of the last three years, the Tigers had 12 players selected to the Academic All-Conference team.
Tigers’ CAA Academic All-Conference Selections
Camp Hill, Pa./Mechanicsburg
Audubon, N.J./Camden Catholic
Highland, Md./River Hill
Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove
Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Poly
Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall
South Boston, Mass./Malignon
Chester, Md./Kent Island County
Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day