Dominique Booker was the co-winner of the Tiger football MVP award.
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Dominique Booker was the co-winner of the Tiger football MVP award.
Beltre, Booker Named As @Towson_FB MVP Co-Winners
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 04/27/2013
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TOWSON, Md. – Senior defensive end Frank Beltre (below) and senior running back Dominique Booker of Towson University were honored as the co-winners of the Doc Minnegan Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Tiger football team, it was announced at the Tigers’ annual football awards reception on Friday evening.

The Doc Minnegan MVP award was named in honor of the long-time Towson Director of Athletics who was instrumental in starting the football program in 1969. The Doc Minnegan MVP has been awarded every year since 1969. Beltre and Booker are the first-ever co-winners.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders  and senior safety Jordan Dangerfield were named as the winners of the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Defensive end Ben Chroniger was honored as the Special Teams Player of the Year award winner.

Senior defensive tackle Matt Morgan  was named as the winner of the Tiger Award while senior tight end Cory Kirby earned the Scholar-Athlete award.

Wide receiver Arione Scott  was the winner of the Scout Teams Special Teams Player of the Year while defensive end Greg Grant  was the Scout Teams Defensive Player of the Year. Wide receiver Navassa Brown  was the Scout Teams Offensive Player of the Year Award winner.

In addition, former All-American offensive center John Gaburick, ’89 was honored as the winner of the Tiger football Alumni Dedication Award. A member of the Towson University Athletics Hall of Fame, he is currently a vice-president at World Wide Entertainment.

Tom Trinkle and Tony Gebbia of Bill Bateman’s Bistro in Towson were the winners of the Ed Molen Service To Towson Football Award.

A three-year starter at defensive end, Beltre earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors three times. A first team All-CAA selection as a junior and senior, he finished his career with 232 tackles, including 38 tackles for lost yardage. He also had 11 sacks in his career. He earned All-American honors from The Sports Network twice.

A very steady performer at running back, Booker was the Tigers’ third-leading rusher as a senior with 463 yards on 68 carries. He also caught 13 passes for 103 yards. A solid team leader, he finished his career with 1,264 rushing yards on 242 carries. Booker ranks 12th on Towson’s all-time list of rushing leaders. In the Tigers’ win over Rhode Island, he rushed for 181 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns, setting a career high.

A second team All-CAA selection at quarterback, Enders averaged 268.4 yards of total offense, second in the CAA. He completed 208 of 317 passes for 2,337 yards and 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions. Enders also ran for 615 yards on 106 carries with six touchdowns. He finished his two-year career with 1,002 rushing yards to become the Tiger quarterback to rush for more than 1,000 yards in his career.

A three-year starter at safety for the Tigers, Dangerfield earned All-American honors from The Sports Network as a junior and senior. As a senior, he made 69 tackles, fourth on the team. A two-time All-CAA first team selection, Dangerfield made 258 tackles in his career at Towson, 11th on the Tigers’ all-time list.

Chroniger, who also played defensive end for the Tigers, made 11 tackles in the 2012 season.

A third team All-CAA selection at defensive tackle, Morgan was a three-year starter for the Tigers. As a senior, he made 30 tackles, including three sacks.

A versatile player who saw action at tight end, long snapper and tackle, Kirby caught seven passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tigers, who finished the season with a 7-4 overall record, won their second consecutive CAA championship as they finished as co-champions. Ranked 17th in the final NCAA FCS poll, the Tigers posted a 6-2 record to tie for first in the CAA with New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova.

At the awards receptions, the Tigers were presented with commemorative watches in honor of their second CAA title.


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