PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior offensive tackle Eric Pike, junior running back Terrance West and senior cornerback Jordan Love of Towson University have been named to the 2013 FCS Pre-Season All-America team, it has been announced by The Sports Network.
A fourth-year starter at tackle, Pike has been named as a second team All-American. West, who was the winner of the 2011 Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the nation, also earned second team honors. A transfer from the University of Georgia, Love was named to the third team.
There are 59 schools represented on the three All-America teams. Towson is one of 11 schools that have three representatives on the All-America teams. Two-time defending NCAA FCS champion North Dakota State placed five representatives on the All-America teams. Central Arkansas, Chattanooga, Delaware, Eastern Washington, Montana, Northern Arizona, Samford, Sam Houston State and Tennessee State also had three representatives on the All-America teams.
A first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection at left tackle in 2012, Pike has been the leader of an offensive line that has helped the Tigers win back-to-back CAA championships. A 6-5, 300-pound veteran, Pike has started all 34 games of his college career. Last year, he helped Towson average more than 31 points and 229 rushing yards per game.
A two-time All-CAA first team selection, West has rushed for 2,340 yards in 21 games for the Tigers. As a freshman, he ran for 1,294 yards and scored 29 touchdowns, a mark that led FCS football. As a sophomore, he picked up 1,046 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He is already the fifth-leading rusher in school history. In his career, he has scored 44 touchdowns, the second-highest total in school history.
Love, who joined the Tigers last season as a transfer from Georgia, started all 11 games in 2012. He made 35 tackles, and broke up five passes. He also tied for the team lead with two interceptions.
The Tigers, who have won back-to-back CAA championships, have a 16-7 record over the last two years. Coach Rob Ambrose has 41 letter winners returning, including seven starters on offense and six on defense.
Towson opens its season on Thursday, August 29 at the University of Connecticut at 7:30 p.m.