FOOTBALL: Lee, Mack, Manning and Schaefer Earn All-CAA Honors
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Release: 11/24/2008
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All four Tiger captains earned All-CAA honors.
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    2008 All-CAA Football Team Release

RICHMOND, Va. Senior wide receiver Marcus Lee (St. John’s College H.S./Silver Spring, Md.), senior defensive back Drew Mack (Buena Regional H.S./Landisville, N.J.), senior linebacker Jordan Manning (St. Joseph H.S./Mays Landing, N.J.), and record-setting quarterback Sean Schaefer (Northern H.S./Dunkirk, Md.) have been named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association football team, it has been announced by CAA officials.

The four All-CAA honorees served as the Tigers’ team captains this season.

Lee and Mack, who were named to the Pre-Season All-CAA team, were selected as second team All-CAA picks. Manning and Schaefer earned third team All-CAA honors.

The fourth-leading receiver in the CAA as a senior, Lee caught 58 passes for 461 yards and six touchdowns. Named to the All-CAA second team for the second year in a row, Lee finished his career as the leading receiver in Towson football history. In his career, he caught 225 passes for 2,389 yards and 13 touchdowns. Lee also finished his career in a tie for eighth place on the CAA’s career pass receiving list.

Lee also achieved the unique accomplishment of catching at least one pass in all 45 games of his college career.

“We’re really happy that Marcus earned this honor,” says Towson Coach Gordy Combs. “He is such a consistent performer. You can count on him to contribute every day with the same type of effort. He is a quality individual who has been a great team leader.”

Despite missing three games with a knee injury, Mack joined Lee on the All-CAA second team. A third team All-CAA selection as a junior, he finished third in the CAA with 82 tackles in nine games, a 9.1 average. Mack, who made a career high 14 tackles against Northeastern, led all CAA defensive backs in tackles this season. He also finished second in the CAA with 11 passes defended and tied for the CAA with three fumbles forced. In the final game of his career, he made 11 tackles and became the 33rd player in Towson history with 200 career tackles. He finished his career with 205 tackles and six interceptions.

“Drew is one of my favorite players,” says Coach Combs. “He is a complete football player with a passion for the game. He has tremendous football instincts and we are hoping he will have an opportunity to play at the next level.”

A three-year starter at linebacker, Manning earned All-CAA honors for the first time. He led the Tigers in tackles in three of his four years on the team. As a senior, he made 105 tackles and finished fourth in the CAA with 8.8 tackles per game. One of the CAA leaders in tackles for lost yardage, he ended his career with 338 tackles, third on Towson’s all-time list.

Jordan is such a versatile linebacker,” says Coach Combs. “All during his career, he has done a great job for us, playing anywhere we need him. He has tremendous speed and quickness and he has been a tremendous team leader for us.”

Honored as an All-CAA selection for the first time, Schaefer was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Tigers who rewrote the school’s record book. A starter in 44 of a possible 45 career games, he completed 1,044 passes in 1,610 career attempts, both school records. With a .648 career completion mark, he established another school record. Schaefer passed for 11,644 yards in his career, a mark that places him eighth on the NCAA FCS career list of passing yardage leaders. He also threw 76 touchdown passes in his career, the second highest mark in school history.

In the final game of his career, he moved into second place on the NCAA FCS career pass completion list. With 1,044 career completions, he ranks second behind former New Hampshire All-American Ricky Santos (1,122).

As a senior, Schaefer was the CAA leader in passing yardage and total offense. He averaged 273.8 passing yards per game and 274.0 yards of total offense.

In his senior season, he completed 303 of 459 passes for 3,286 yards with 14 interceptions and 25 touchdowns. He was second in the CAA in touchdown passes and threw for more than 300 yards in six games. Schaefer passed for more than 300 yards in 15 career games.

Statistically, Schaefer ranks second behind Santos on nearly all of the CAA passing lists. His 11,644 career passing yards are second only to Santos (13,212) while his 76 career touchdown passes are sixth in CAA history.

“With all the great quarterbacks in the CAA, it’s quite a testimony to Sean that he was named third team All-CAA and we are very happy for him,” says Combs. “My limited vocabulary doesn’t include enough superlatives to describe Sean Schaefer. He is a tremendous team player and one of the greatest teammates who have ever played for us. He is well-respected by his teammates, his coaches and the campus community.”

The Tigers, who finished the season by facing four nationally-ranked teams in the final five weeks, ended the season with a loss to number one-ranked James Madison University. The Tigers, who had a final record of 3-9, played four teams that advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs (Richmond, New Hampshire, Villanova and James Madison.)

TIGER TALES:  The Tigers played the 16th-toughest schedule in NCAA FCS this season ... Towson loses ten seniors to graduation, including three starters on defense and four starters on offense.

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