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01/08/14 - West To Apply For Early Entry Into NFL Draft...“I met with Terrance on Sunday afternoon and we discussed his projected draft status,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “After our talk, Terrance went home with that information and discussed his options with his family. Last night, Terrance and his family decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. When we spoke late last night, he promised me that no matter what, he would finish degree work and graduate. “We wish Terrance and his family all the best as he enters this new chapter of his career,” Ambrose added.
In 2013, he scored at least one touchdown in all 16 games for the Tigers. He also ran for more than 100 yards 12 times and had four 200-plus-yard games. In the Tigers’ NCAA FCS quarter-final victory over No. 2 Eastern Illinois, he set an NCAA FCS playoff record by rushing for 354 yards. He also scored five touchdowns against Eastern Illinois. West will try to become the sixth player in Towson history to play in an NFL game. Punter Sean Landeta (1985-2004), offensive lineman Stan Eisenhooth (1987-89), running back David Meggett (1989-1998), running back Tony Vinson (1994-97) and offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod (2007-present) are the only former Tigers to play in an NFL game. Landeta, Meggett and Bushrod have earned All-Pro honors. West will also try to become the fifth Tiger to be selected in the NFL draft. - Towson football
01/08/14 - West To Apply For Early Entry Into NFL Draft...Junior running back Terrance West of Towson University will apply for early entry into the 2014 National Football League draft and will pass up his senior season with the Tigers. A three-time All-America running back, West was a consensus All-America first team selection in 2013 when he led all college football players with 2,509 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. Honored as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2013 Walter Payton Award, he led the Tigers to the NCAA FCS championship game. With a record of 13-3, the Tigers were national runners-up.
With 2,509 rushing yards, he shattered the NCAA FCS single season record of 2,326 yards set by Jamaal Branch of Colgate in 2003. He also broke the NCAA FCS record with 42 touchdowns, eclipsing the record of 39 set by Omar Cuff of Delaware in 2007. In his three-year career at Towson, West ran for 4,849 yards on 802 carries with 84 touchdowns. His 84 career rushing touchdowns tied the NCAA FCS record set by Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern from 1998 to 2001.
West, who also caught two touchdown passes in his career, ended his career with 86 total touchdowns scored. He ranks third on the NCAA FCS all-time list of touchdown scorers. Brian Westbrook of Villanova holds the record with 89 touchdowns while Peterson is second with 87 touchdowns. The Tigers’ career rushing leader decided to apply for early entry for the NFL draft shortly after the Tigers’ appearance in the NCAA FCS championship game against North Dakota State on Saturday in Frisco, Texas. - Towson football
01/07/14 - Towson record-setting running back Terrance West is leaving school early and entering the 2014 NFL Draft. West led Towson to the FCS championship game as a junior, setting national single-season records for the level with 2,509 rushing yards, 41 rushing touchdowns and 42 total touchdowns. The two-time FCS first-team All-American received a third-round grade from the NFL's draft advisory panel. "I'm ready for the challenge," West told the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday. "I'll adapt to anything that's thrown at me. I'm just prepared. I had a good thing with Towson. They prepared me very well, and it should be fun."
It's rare for underclassmen from the FCS to enter the NFL Draft early, but West felt he had little left to prove on the level and the 2014 draft class isn't deep at running back. West was an older junior and will turn 23 on Jan. 28. West rushed for 4,849 yards in 37 games over three seasons. He scored 86 touchdowns, just three shy of the FCS record which Brian Westbrook scored in his career at Villanova. CBSSports.com reported West and Towson senior cornerback Jordan Love will both sign with agent Marc Lillibridge. Love was suspended for the FCS championship game against North Dakota State for an NCAA rules violation. - Sports Network
01/06/14 - 2013 ALL-CAA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Terrance West, Towson, Junior,...The leading rusher in all of college football, West has rushed for 2,410 yards on 391 carries, setting an NCAA FCS single season record. The Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, he also leads college football with 41 touchdowns scored, including 40 rushing TD’s. His 41 touchdowns are also an FCS single season record. - Towson football
01/06/14 - Underclassmen from the FCS level rarely enter the NFL Draft, but Towson football coach Rob Ambrose and his program are bracing for that possibility with junior running back Terrance West. After Towson's 35-7 loss to North Dakota State in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on Saturday, Ambrose said his conversations with West about the future will begin on Sunday. "On the whole in almost all cases, I'm going to tell you that the history of an education and what it will do for the rest of your life in most cases, in almost all cases, is more important than a short-lived NFL career," Ambrose said. "But Terrance is also an older player. He was an older freshman, he was an older true freshman, and he's an older junior. It's not a question that Terrance has the talent to play at the next level. There's got to be a conversation about where he could actually go."
One scout told The Sports Network that West would be projected for the third round if he departs Towson early. West will turn 23 on Jan. 28. His 2013 season is considered the best ever by an FCS running back. As Towson went 13-3, West finished with 2,509 rushing yards, 41 rushing touchdowns and 42 total touchdowns - all national single-season records. The 2011 Jerry Rice Award winner as the FCS freshman of the year has 4,849 rushing yards in 37 games over three seasons. He has scored 86 touchdowns, just three shy of the FCS record that Brian Westbrook scored in his career at Villanova. In the national championship game, West rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries and scored Towson's only touchdown. He also caught five passes for 39 yards. "I thought he played pretty well, I really did," Ambrose said. "I don't think we played particularly well up front." - Sports Network