Despite youth, Towson football has yet to turn ball over in 2014

September 17, 2014|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

With nine new starters on offense, Towson is still finding its footing on that side of the ball. But the one thing the young unit has seemingly mastered is a proficiency at protecting the ball.

The Tigers (1-2) have yet to turn the ball over in 2014.

“Our ability to hold onto the football has kept us from basically losing games on offense and getting ourselves in trouble,” coach Rob Ambrose said Monday. “Knock on wood, that needs to continue. I think it speaks well of the kids and how well they’ve focused on the importance of it. I think it speaks well of the offensive coaches and how well they’ve trained these guys. It’s kept us from going backward, which is a huge thing when you’re trying to grow something.”

On the flipside, the defense has recovered three fumbles, but it has yet to record an interception. That is somewhat surprising as Towson has a veteran secondary composed of senior cornerback Tye Smith, junior free safety Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen) and junior strong safety Donnell Lewis.

But Ambrose said the lack of interceptions doesn’t worry him – yet.

“We’ve played two games when it was rainy and balls that could have been caught on a dry day didn’t get caught,” he said. “So I’m not going to get too banged up about that. We’re still +3 in the turnover category, and I can pretty much guess that there are a whole bunch of teams in America that would like to have that stat.”

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