TOWSON, Md. - Four veteran performers on the Tiger football team have been named to the FCS Pre-Season All-America teams by the Beyond College Sports Network. Sophomore Terrance West and senior Jordan Dangerfield were named as second team All-Americans while senior Frank Beltre and sophomore Derrick Joseph earned third team notice.
The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football last season, West (right) led FCS with a school record 29 touchdowns scored. He also ra n for 1,294 yards and averaged 6.7 yards per carry. A first team Walter Camp All-American, he was named as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week four times and the CAA Of fensive Player of the Week twice.
A two-year starter at safety, Dangerfield led the Tigers with 93 tackles last year despite missing two games with an injury. One of the Tiger co-captains in 2011, he was second among all CAA defensive backs in tackles. He also intercepted two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles. Dangerfield earned first team All-CAA honors and was named third team All-American.
A two-year starter at defensive end, Beltre was named as a first team All-CAA selection last year. He tied for fourth on the team with 68 tackles in 2011. Beltre also led Towson with 12 tackles for lost yardage and four quarterback sacks. In his career, he has made 196 tackles, including 30.5 tackles for lost yardage.
Joseph (left) led the CAA with a 27.9 kickoff return average as a freshman. He had 978 kickoff returns on 35 attempts. He finished the season 70 yards shy of the CAA record for kickoff return yards, a mark set by Brian Westbrook of Villanova in 2000. He also had four punt returns for an 11.0 average. In the Tigers' 56-42 win over New Hampshire last November, he returned the opening kickoff of the second half 93 yards for a touchdown.
The Tigers, who finished last season as the ninth-ranked team in FCS football, are coming off a memorable year in which they were the most-improved team in Division I football. One year after posting a 1-10 record, the Tigers went 9-3 in 2011 and won their first-ever CAA championship.
The Tigers open their season at Kent State University on August 30.