2021 FCS Season Preview: Towson

Florida running back Dameon Pierce runs past Towson linebacker Christian Dixon for a long gain during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, in Gainesville, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)

College Sports Journal Projection: 7th

Towson opted out of the spring season. Because of that, we haven’t seen the Tigers on the field since 2019. When we last saw them, Towson had a high flying offense and an improving defense. Reports from camp are that the defensive front is much improved. That is something Towson will have to lean on to ascend this year in the CAA.

Tom Flacco has graduated which left a large hole for Rob Ambrose. Fortunately, Ambrose was able to convince former Maine and Liberty quarterback Chris Ferguson to come to Towson once he entered the transfer portal. Ferguson led the Black Bears to the 2018 CAA title. Filling that hole will help as most of the other offensive weapons were seniors in 2019.

Impact Players

QB Chris Ferguson led Maine to the FCS semifinals in 2018. He knows the CAA and can help an offense succeed. With a lot of younger skill position players, the Tigers will lean on Ferguson’s experience.

LB Christian Dixon was all over the field for the Tigers in 2019 and will be looked at to lead as a senior. He had 76 tackles, 9 for loss with 4.5 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries.

KR/WR Hunter D’Ago averaged just under 27 yards per kick return and has the ability to flip field position on any kick return.  He will also have the opportunity to earn a starting WR spot with so many players moving on from the 2019 team.

Key Game: October 1 at New Hampshire

Worst Case: The youth on both sides of the ball shows to be an issue, and the Tigers go 2-9.

Best Case: The youth shows they are ready to play fast, and the Tigers follow Ferguson’s lead and earn a playoff berth.

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