TOWSON, Md. - Tailback Terrance West of Towson University is the only freshman who has been named to The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-American first team, it has been announced by The Sports Network.
A first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, West was named as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year last month. A second team All-American by Associated Press, West is one of the leading candidates for the Jerry Rice Award which will be presented to the top freshman in NCAA FCS by The Sports Network/Fathead.com on Jan. 6.
West is one of four CAA players named as first team All-Americans by The Sports Network/Fathead.com. Offensive lineman Gino Gradkowski of Delaware, defensive lineman Matt Evans of New Hampshire and defensive lineman Ronnie Cameron of Old Dominion were also named to the first team.
A first-year freshman, West helped the "Turnaround Tigers" post a 9-3 record and win the 2011 CAA championship. The Tigers, who had a 1-10 record in 2010, were the most improved Division I team in the nation as they earned their first-ever NCAA FCS playoff berth.
The second-leading rusher in the CAA, West ran for 1,294 yards in 11 games. He is 12th in NCAA FCS with 117.6 rushing yards per game. He picked up 1,294 yards on 194 carries, an impressive 6.7 average per carry.
A four-time selection as the CAA Rookie of the Week, West was also honored as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week twice. He ran for more than 100 yards in six consecutive games and had a career high 261 yards on 23 carries in the Tigers' 56-42 win over New Hampshire on Nov. 12.
West, who leads NCAA FCS with 29 touchdowns scored, recorded at least two touchdowns in the final eight games of the year. He scored four touchdowns in three different games.
He is tied for third among college football players in all divisions with his 29 touchdowns. Junior running back Montee Ball of Wisconsin has scored 38 touchdowns in 13 games while junior Joe Glendening of Hillsdale tops Division II with 31 TD's in ten games. Senior Rashaad Slowley of Southern Connecticut has also scored 29 TD's in ten games.
He shattered the Towson University single season record for touchdowns scored with his 29 TD's. He also broke the NCAA FCS record for freshmen with 29 touchdowns. In fact, his 29 touchdowns represent the third-highest single season total in FCS history, a mark that has been topped by Omar Cuff of Delaware (35, 2007) and Kevin Richardson of Appalachian State (30, 2006). West matched the 29 touchdowns scored by Jamaal Branch of Colgate in 2003.