TOWSON, Md. - When the Tigers play host to number one-ranked James Madison University on Saturday, it will be time for Coach Gordy Combs to bid farewell to a group of seniors that is very special to him. While he knows that this is a small class in terms of numbers, it has been an exceptional class in terms of contributions to the football program.
With only 10 senior players on the roster, the class may be short in quantity, but it is long on quality.
“This is a tremendous group of football players and people,” says the Tiger coach. “The quality of these young men is outstanding and they are going to be difficult to replace.” All of the Tiger seniors will be honored in pre-game ceremonies before Towson hosts JMU at 1:00 p.m.
A look at the Towson seniors:
MIKE McINTOSH, Team Manager: A very dedicated senior who has been a valuable part of the team’s support staff for the last four years, Mike played four years of football at Franklin High School. He has not missed a practice or game since joining the program. Coach Gordy Combs says, “Mike has been a key component of our support staff the last four years. Mike has an amazing amount of dedication and a tremendous work ethic. He is one of those guys who are going to be really hard to replace.”
SPENCER BOOTH, Student Assistant Coach: Spencer is a former tight end who was declared medically ineligible after sophomore season. The Georgetown, Delaware has remained with the program and contributed in the role of a student assistant coach. Coach Gordy Combs says: “Spencer has been very valuable to our program the last few years. He has done a great job breaking down game film and running the defensive scout team.”
85 – TOMMY BREAUX, Sr. Wide Receiver: Tommy is the Tigers’ 6th-leading receiver despite missing three games. A 6-8 receiver who also plays basketball for the Tigers, he has 29 catches for 433 yards and four touchdowns. He leads the team with a 14.9 receiving average. Coach Gordy Combs says: “After overcoming some injuries, Tommy has really stepped up and given us a tremendous deep threat. He is still learning the position and he has so much potential. I wish we had him for another year.”
59 – SCOTT BULLOCK, Sr. Defensive Tackle: One of the Tigers’ most experienced defensive players, Scott has started every game as a senior. One of the team’s top defenders against the run, he has made 21 tackles, including two tackles for lost yardage. Coach Gordy Combs says: “Scott has matured into one of the senior leaders on our team. He has made tremendous progress during his career and he is someone that all of our young players respect.”
87- ANTHONY FAIR, Sr. Tight End: Anthony is a valuable player who has contributed to the Tigers in several different roles. A transfer from
16 – MARCUS LEE, Sr. Wide Receiver: A pre-season All-CAA wide receiver, Marcus has caught a pass in all 44 career games. Marcus enters the final game of his career tied for the school record with 219 pass receptions. The ninth-leading receiver in CAA history, he has caught 52 passes for 403 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. Coach Gordy Combs says: “Marcus is such a consistent performer. You can count on him to contribute every day. He is a quality individual who has been a great team leader as one of our captains.”
15 – DREW MACK, Sr. Defensive Back: A two-year starter at strong safety, Drew was a pre-season All-Colonial Athletic Association selection. Despite missing three games with a knee injury, Drew is second on the team with 71 tackles and ranks among the CAA leaders. In his career, he has made 194 tackles and has six interceptions. Coach Gordy Combs says: “Drew is one of my favorite players. He is a complete football player with a passion for the game. He has tremendous football instincts and we are hoping he can play at the next level.”
36 – JORDAN MANNING, Sr. Linebacker: A very versatile linebacker, Jordan ranks fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association with 91 tackles in 11 games. One of the Tiger co-captains, Jordan led the Tigers in tackles as a freshman and sophomore. He enters the final game of his career with 324 tackles in his career, fourth on
13 – SEAN SCHAEFER, Sr. Quarterback: A record-setting quarterback for the Tigers, Sean has completed 1,017 of 1,562 passes for 11,329 yards in his career, all school records. Sean, who has thrown 74 career TD passes, is only the third NCAA FCS quarterback with 1,000 career completions and ranks tenth on the NCAA FCS career passing yardage list. Coach Gordy Combs says: “My limited vocabulary doesn’t include enough superlatives to describe
7 – JEFF SNOW, Sr. Defensive Back: A reserve defensive back for most of his career, Jeff has contributed as a special teams player and extra safety in long-yardage situations. As a senior, he has played in every game and made 12 tackles with two pass break-ups. Coach Gordy Combs says: “Jeff is the ultimate team player and he has been willing to contribute anyway he can. He has been excellent on special teams for us and he’s played cornerback and safety for us. He’s an outstanding student and we’re going to miss him.”