Banged-up Towson welcomes bye week

State Notebook

College Football

October 28, 2005|By MATT PAPUCHIS | MATT PAPUCHIS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the first time this season, it looked as though the automobile crash that sidelined Davon Telp for the entire 2004 season was starting to show.

The Towson defensive back, who holds the school record for interceptions in a game returned for a touchdown (two) and for longest return (95 yards), was beaten several times in Towson's 44-13 loss to William and Mary last week, including three times on the Tribe's first drive.

"Here we are only 15 months out. That was quite a trauma that he took in that car accident," Towson coach Gordy Combs said. "Maybe he's not fully recovered, but he's not too far off. He's had some other nagging injuries this season as well. I don't think he's 100 percent."

Telp suffered a broken right leg and nerve damage in his left hand in the crash.

Telp isn't the Tigers' only concern. Towson (5-3, 2-3 Atlantic 10) is literally limping into the bye week with a banged-up offensive line. Sophomore tackle Jeff Tyler was injured during the first half against William and Mary, and Combs said his lack of presence impacted Towson's ground game.

Tyler had a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday, and he is going to be examined by team physicians today.

Aside from the more serious injuries to players such as Tyler and defensive end T.J. Foley, who had his anterior cruciate ligament repaired last week and is out for the season, Combs said the regular wear and tear of playing in eight straight games is beginning to catch up with his team.

Combs is giving his players extra time off this week for both physical and mental rest before Villanova (3-4, 1-3) on Nov. 5.

Bears seek answers

Morgan State (2-6, 1-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) is looking for anything that it can build on from one week to the next.

The Morgan State defense, which is last in the MEAC - allowing more than 407 yards per game while surrendering 32.4 points - provided a glimmer of hope when it shut out rival Howard two weeks ago. It was the team's first shutout since 2001.

But last week, the Bears' defense allowed five touchdowns in the first three quarters against Delaware State. The 41 points were the most the Hornets scored all year.

This week, coach Donald Hill-Eley's squad hosts the worst scoring offense in the conference in Florida A&M (3-4, 2-2), whose 15 points per game rank among the lowest in the country.

"It's one of those things where the kids got to get it up week in and week out," Hill-Eley said. "The second half last week, they didn't respond at all. We were giving up the big play on third down when we should have been coming off the field."

Et cetera

Bowie State's Isaac Redman, currently No. 19 in the country among Division II rushers, surpassed 1,000 rushing yards last week (1,069) and needs just five more to become the school's all-time season leader. Milton Carr is the leader with 1,073 in 1975.

Despite winning its 11th straight game dating to last year, Johns Hopkins (7-0, 4-0 Centennial Conference) dropped a spot in the Division III national poll this week. The 16th-ranked Blue Jays play their final home game this weekend against Ursinus (3-4, 1-2).

McDaniel's three-game skid matches its worst losing streak since 1996. The Green Terror (4-3, 1-2 Centennial) finishes the season with two of its last three games at home, including Saturday's game against Franklin and Marshall (2-5, 1-2).

Salisbury, which is now one spot away from the D-III top 25, currently leads the Atlantic Central Football Conference. The Sea Gulls (6-1, 3-0 ACFC) have a half-game lead over Wesley (7-1, 3-1), which they visit Saturday.

Frostburg (4-3), coming off its best offensive output of the season (45 points against Seton Hall), will try to win three straight for the first time since 2001 at Westminster (3-4) on Saturday.

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