As the New Hampshire football team prepares for its Colonial Athletic Association opener against No. 3 Towson on Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium, the Wildcats will probably take some time studying the 13th-ranked defense in the Football Championship Subdivision, junior defensive end Ryan Delaire’s 6½ sacks, and the 11th-ranked scoring offense in the country.
One of the biggest priorities for New Hampshire is Tigers junior running back Terrance West. The Baltimore native and Northwestern graduate has carried the ball 126 times for 648 yards, and his 12 touchdowns are the most in the FCS.
“Terrance West has picked up right where he left off,” Wildcats coach Sean McDonnell said of the back who gained 1,051 yards and 14 touchdowns on 195 rushes last season. “He has done a tremendous job of running the football. This guy has had a field day against the University of New Hampshire over the last two years. He is a guy who has a forward pad level, gets downhill. Doesn’t matter if it’s Connecticut, Holy Cross, Stony Brook, the guy finds a seam and busts it and goes. He’s done it to us a number of times.”