Joseph, Kinnard stand out for Towson in scrimmage

August 26, 2011|By Sports Digest


Joseph, Kinnard stand out for Towson in scrimmage

Towson can only hope to get off to as fast a start in its season opener against Morgan State on Sept. 3 as it did in its final scrimmage Thursday, as Derrick Joseph returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

"Our return game is much, much better," coach Rob Ambrose said. "I was pleased to see Derrick break off a long return because that's what we have been scheming. The great thing is that we have tremendous depth among our return specialist. Adding Leon Kinnard [Loyola] to the roster has made us much better. Those two guys give us a lot of options."

A transfer from Connecticut, Kinnard did a little of everything during the scrimmage. He had a 35-yard kickoff return, caught two passes for 19 yards and picked up a first down with a 2-yard run out of the Wildcat formation.

Towson also has several options at quarterback, where sophomores Peter Athens and Grant Enders (Old Mill) have been competing with junior Brian Potts.

In the scrimmage, Athens completed four of six passes for 56 yards, Enders was 10-for-16 for 99 yards and an interception and Potts completed three of seven passes for 35 yards.

"We need to decide on our starting quarterback," Ambrose said. "The competition has been very good, but we need to decide. My brother [Jared, the quarterbacks coach] and I are going to sit down [Thursday night] and come out with a starter. I do know that we are going to have a legitimate situation where we have a '1A' and '1B' situation at quarterback this year. But, the sooner we decide, the more comfortable I will feel."

Rob Ambrose has already decided on a starting tailback.

"Tremayne Dameron has had a tremendous pre-season," he said. "He has earned the right to start. But, we are going to use a lot of backs this season. We are very happy with our depth back there. Depth breeds competition and competition breeds success."

More football: Navy senior guard John Dowd was named one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which honors excellence in community, classroom, character and competition.

Women's soccer: The No. 4 Terps (2-0-0) will host a nonconference top-ranked team for the first time in school history when they welcome Stanford (2-0) to Ludwig Field tonight at 7.

Maryland's last match against a No. 1 team was in 2006 against UCLA at the Penn State Classic. Its last home match against a top-ranked team was 2005 against North Carolina.

Men's soccer: Loyola's season opener at Adelphi on Saturday has been changed to a 4 p.m. start because of potential severe weather on the Eastern seaboard. … Johns Hopkins is predicted in the Centennial Conference preseason poll to finish third. McDaniel is picked for eighth.

Rowing: Washington College named Brendan Cunningham an assistant coach. He rowed at Temple.

Et cetera

Timonium thoroughbred meet begins today at noon

The summer thoroughbred meet at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium begins today with a noon post time. The first race is an hour earlier than usual to clear the way for tonight's sold-out Selena Gomez concert. Racing will continue with 1p.m. starts Saturday, Sunday, next Friday and Sept. 3-5. Admission to the track is free with admission to the fair.

Harness racing: Ocean Downs in Berlin will be closed Sunday because of Hurricane Irene.

Golf: Baltimoreans Andrea Kraus (77) and Christy Larrimore (81) were among 10 players qualifying for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship in a sectional event at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va. Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville and Dawn Woodard of Greer, S.C., shared the medal with 76s. … Denny McCarthy of Rockville lost his opening-round match in the U.S. Amateur to Tim Madigan of Rio Rancho, N.M., 3 and 2, in Erin, Wis.

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