Defensive end Ryan Delaire one of few bright spots in Towson football's loss Saturday night

Senior matched season total of three sacks with three in Tigers' 27-24 setback to Maine

September 28, 2014|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles who attended Towson’s Colonial Athletic Association opener with Maine Saturday night to gauge Ryan Delaire’s talent were treated to a tantalizing display.

The senior defensive end matched his season total of three sacks in the Tigers’ 27-24 loss. He had sacks on back-to-back plays in the third quarter and lodged his final takedown later in the same period.

After getting credited with 3½ tackles in the first half, Delaire posted his three sacks and another half tackle in the second half, which occurred after a halftime discussion with coach Rob Ambrose.

“He decided that to play to his potential, and that’s the reason why everybody fears him, that’s the reason why NFL scouts come to watch him, and that’s the reason why he’s still making plays when he’s double-teamed,” Ambrose said. “His second half might have been the best second half from a defensive lineman since I’ve been here.”

Delaire, whose three sacks are a single-game high in his career, is tied with Stony Brook senior defensive back Christian Ricard for the CAA lead in sacks with six, but he was more concerned with the defense’s inability to stop the Black Bears from scoring a touchdown in the final minute of play to overcome a 24-20 deficit.

“We just needed to create way more pressure,” Delaire said. “If somebody doesn’t get there, I can get there. If I can’t get there, someone else can get there. We just need more pressure. We just needed to hold them down the field and just get a little better coverage just so we can get there.”

After Delaire’s third sack, Maine appeared to concentrate on blocking Delaire. That strategy might have contributed to junior defensive end Tungie Coker getting his first sack of the season in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game, and Ambrose said Delaire should be prepared to see renewed attention from opponents.

“He’s going to get double- and triple-teamed, but he still finds a way,” Ambrose said. “And you find that when he’s getting double- and triple-teamed, [senior defensive tackle] Drew Cheripko does not look like the prototypical pass rusher, but he gets home, and we all get home. If you want to put all of your money on Ryan, that’s fine, but there are others guys that are going to step up and make plays.”

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