Tye Smith became the third Tiger to be named CAA Defensive Player of the Week.
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Tye Smith became the third Tiger to be named CAA Defensive Player of the Week.
Tye Smith Named As CAA Defensive Player of Week
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 11/25/2013

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior cornerback Tye Smith of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Tigers to a 28-17 victory over James Madison University on Saturday, it has been announced by CAA officials.

The win over JMU enabled the Tigers to finish the regular season with a 10-2 record and earn the number seven seed for the NCAA FCS playoffs which start this week. As the seventh seed, the Tigers have a first round bye. They will play the winner of the Fordham-Sacred Heart game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 1:00 p.m.

Smith is the third different Tiger to be named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week this season. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark was honored after the Tigers’ victories over New Hampshire and Richmond. Sophomore safety Donnell Lewis earned the award after Towson’s wins over Albany and William & Mary.

In the Tigers’ victory over James Madison, Lewis made eight tackles, broke up three passes and set up the Tigers’ go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter with an interception.

Two of his pass breakups came in the end zone and prevented touchdowns by the Dukes in the second half.

With 85 tackles in 12 games, Smith is third on the team and he ranks fourth among CAA defensive backs in tackles. Smith has also broken up 10 passes and is tied for third in the CAA.

Against JMU, Smith intercepted a pass at the Towson 49-yard line in the second quarter and he returned it to the Dukes’ 33-yard line. Six players later, the Tigers scored to take a 14-7 lead en route to their 28-17 win.

The Tigers, who have a 26-9 record over the last three seasons, are making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in three years. Two years ago, the Tigers lost a second round game to Lehigh, 40-38.

When the Tigers earned their first NCAA FCS playoff bid in 2011, Towson became the first NCAA school to earn playoff bids at three different levels. Towson went to the Division III playoffs in 1976. The Tigers competed for the Division II championship in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

This is the first 10-win season for Towson since 1983. The Tigers also won 10 games in 1974 and 1976.

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