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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | July 11, 1997
Tony Vinson's pursuit of an NFL dream has taken him to San Diego and Atlanta, across the Atlantic Ocean twice, and finally back to the place where he first realized he might have a professional future in football.Vinson, who signed a free-agent contract with the Ravens earlier this week, hopes to parlay his size, speed and versatility into his first NFL roster spot.With sixth-round draft pick Steve Lee ahead of him and rookie free-agent fullback Kenyon Cotton beside him, Vinson, 26, has plenty of competition.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
It didn't take long to figure out Towson's game plan against Delaware State. Hand the ball off to junior running back Terrance West, and do it often. That strategy worked, with West rushing for five touchdowns - tying Tony Vinson's single-game school record - and carrying the Tigers to a 49-7 victory over the Hornets in Saturday night's home opener at Johnny Unitas Stadium. “I'm not worried about any records. I'm just worried about the national championship,” West said.
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By Mike Preston | August 15, 1999
Returnee: Ravens Pro Bowl left offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden worked with the first unit yesterday after missing the last three days, including Thursday's preseason opener, with a hip flexor.No mas to Maas? With No. 3 quarterback Wally Richardson playing so well, Ravens coach Brian Billick has virtually said "no mas" to Oregon rookie quarterback Jason Maas about extensive playing time this preseason. Is he a candidate for the developmental squad?Injuries: Fullback Chuck Evans (sprained knee)
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2011
One more win, and Towson's worst-to-first journey in the Colonial Athletic Association will be complete. One more game like the one he had Saturday against New Hampshire, and Terrance West will be a lock for the Jerry Rice award given to the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision. The turnaround Tigers continued their remarkable season and their star but not starting tailback continued his breakout season. After falling behind on the game's first possession, No. 12 Towson scored three touchdowns in less than three minutes and seven in the first half — three by West — en route to a wild 56-42 victory over the No. 7 Huskies at Johnny Unitas Stadium before an announced crowd of 8,366 Saturday night.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2000
Matt Stover's new contract agreement with the Ravens not only makes him one of the three highest-paid kickers in the NFL, but it also surpasses the other two in gross average, according to his agent, Jim Steiner. Stover agreed to a four-year, $4 million contract on Thursday, with a $1 million signing bonus. The $1 million average tops that of both Jason Hanson of the Detroit Lions and John Kasay of the Carolina Panthers, Steiner said. Steiner said Stover, an unrestricted free agent, also received a $1 million-a-year offer from the Cincinnati Bengals, but it was not structured as well as the Ravens' offer.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | September 10, 1992
It was Towson State's good fortune that Harry Van Arsdale happened to be at Denbigh High in Newport News, Va., that spring day in 1991.Then a Towson State assistant coach, Van Arsdale was visiting Denbigh coach Bob Schmidt to recruit one of his defensive backs."
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN REPORTER | November 30, 2007
His name might not ring a bell, but Tony Vinson rang a few of his own among Ravens opponents during his two years in Baltimore. A graduate of Towson University, Vinson played on special teams in 1997 and 1999, earning a reputation as a tough tackler with a strong work ethic. "My fondest memories are of me and [special teams captain] Bennie Thompson flying downfield at 100 miles an hour on kickoffs, with bodies flying everywhere," he said. "We were the wedge busters. "When we got back to the bench, we'd ask each other, `Did they get you?
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November 3, 1997
Running backsBam Morris played well despite a fumble that set up a field goal for the Jets. He ran with power and authority, but still needs to run more north and south. -- B+QuarterbackVinny Testaverde had good numbers, but his fumbles cost the team field position and the interception thrown from his knees was a big blunder. He did play better as the conditions improved. -- CReceiversTight end Eric Green was impressive despite an early concussion and wide receiver Derrick Alexander had five catches for 69 yards.
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April 14, 1995
BaseballSee Page 6CCollegeClemson -- Announced that F Michael Tabb has asked to be released from the basketball program so he can transfer.East Carolina -- Named Anne Donovan women's basketball coach.Ohio University -- Announced that F Gary Trent will forgo his senior year of eligibility and apply for the NBA draft.Southern Indiana -- Named Steve Newton athletic director.Southern Methodist -- Announced the resignation of John Shumate, men's basketball coach.Washington State -- Signed Mike Price, football coach, to a five-year contract.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | May 9, 1995
It promises to be quite a summer for Tony Vinson. After taking his final exams and fulfilling a promise -- graduating from college -- Vinson will leave Towson State to resume his pursuit of a dream.First, Vinson will leave the campus to spend the last week in May working out with the Atlanta Falcons, who have signed him to a two-year contract. Then, he will return to school to receive his business administration degree. Six weeks later, Vinson will head back to the Falcons' camp, with a chance to make his first NFL roster.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN REPORTER | November 30, 2007
His name might not ring a bell, but Tony Vinson rang a few of his own among Ravens opponents during his two years in Baltimore. A graduate of Towson University, Vinson played on special teams in 1997 and 1999, earning a reputation as a tough tackler with a strong work ethic. "My fondest memories are of me and [special teams captain] Bennie Thompson flying downfield at 100 miles an hour on kickoffs, with bodies flying everywhere," he said. "We were the wedge busters. "When we got back to the bench, we'd ask each other, `Did they get you?
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | April 30, 2007
When Adam Podlesh punted for Jacksonville Jaguars special teams coach Joe DeCamillis during a workout at the University of Maryland last month, the wind chill was around 35 degrees. "I thought I punted pretty decent considering the weather, and I'm sure he took it into effect," Podlesh recalled last night. "I wasn't sure how interested they were." Apparently, the Jaguars were quite interested in the only Terp to be named All-Atlantic Coast Conference four straight years. The Jaguars used their fourth-round pick yesterday in the NFL draft on Podlesh.
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By Sloane Brown and By Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun | September 15, 2002
It makes sense. If you're going to have a grand opening for a big spiffed-up stadium, shouldn't the party be kinda spiffy, too? So the Towson University folks invited 350 close friends to a pregame reception to celebrate the inauguration of the newly renovated TU Stadium. Guest Tony Agnone said the food at the party had a tailgate theme -- chicken, brownies, cookies and the like. Tony says folks involved in playing, reporting and managing athletics were everywhere you looked. Wayne Edwards, Tom Matte, Artie Donovan, Lenny Moore, Bruce Laird, Martha Klima, Chuck Thompson, Paul Blair, Matt Stover, Tony Seaman, Sean Landeta, Tony Vinson, John Schuerholz, Tom Yeager, Gerry Sandusky, Keith Mills and Brent Harris were just some of the sports figures he spotted mingling and munching.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2000
Matt Stover's new contract agreement with the Ravens not only makes him one of the three highest-paid kickers in the NFL, but it also surpasses the other two in gross average, according to his agent, Jim Steiner. Stover agreed to a four-year, $4 million contract on Thursday, with a $1 million signing bonus. The $1 million average tops that of both Jason Hanson of the Detroit Lions and John Kasay of the Carolina Panthers, Steiner said. Steiner said Stover, an unrestricted free agent, also received a $1 million-a-year offer from the Cincinnati Bengals, but it was not structured as well as the Ravens' offer.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2000
Just as he often evaded defenders on the football field, former Towson player Jason Corle was on a plane to warm Hawaii last weekend, juking the bitter cold that entered the Baltimore area not long afterward. Consider it further proof of the running back's elusiveness, which got him invited to the Hula Bowl, scheduled for kickoff at 4 p.m. today. It's an ability that he thinks gives him a shot at playing in the NFL. Three former Towson players -- punter Sean Landeta and running backs David Meggett and Tony Vinson -- went on to pro careers, and Corle believes that he has a good chance to become the fourth.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 26, 1999
Tony Vinson has been through eight training camps covering three NFL teams and two tours of the World League. He has dealt with one major injury and a ton of anxiety.At the age of 28, Vinson has the look of a survivor. And with each tackle he makes on special teams, with each block he throws as a beefed-up fullback, with each preseason catch he makes out of the backfield, he makes a case for belonging in Baltimore for at least another year.The remaking of Vinson has taken shape. Six years ago, as a fifth-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers, Vinson was a local hero fresh off a 2,000-yard rushing season as a tailback with Towson State.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | April 30, 2007
When Adam Podlesh punted for Jacksonville Jaguars special teams coach Joe DeCamillis during a workout at the University of Maryland last month, the wind chill was around 35 degrees. "I thought I punted pretty decent considering the weather, and I'm sure he took it into effect," Podlesh recalled last night. "I wasn't sure how interested they were." Apparently, the Jaguars were quite interested in the only Terp to be named All-Atlantic Coast Conference four straight years. The Jaguars used their fourth-round pick yesterday in the NFL draft on Podlesh.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2000
Just as he often evaded defenders on the football field, former Towson player Jason Corle was on a plane to warm Hawaii last weekend, juking the bitter cold that entered the Baltimore area not long afterward. Consider it further proof of the running back's elusiveness, which got him invited to the Hula Bowl, scheduled for kickoff at 4 p.m. today. It's an ability that he thinks gives him a shot at playing in the NFL. Three former Towson players -- punter Sean Landeta and running backs David Meggett and Tony Vinson -- went on to pro careers, and Corle believes that he has a good chance to become the fourth.
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By Mike Preston | August 15, 1999
Returnee: Ravens Pro Bowl left offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden worked with the first unit yesterday after missing the last three days, including Thursday's preseason opener, with a hip flexor.No mas to Maas? With No. 3 quarterback Wally Richardson playing so well, Ravens coach Brian Billick has virtually said "no mas" to Oregon rookie quarterback Jason Maas about extensive playing time this preseason. Is he a candidate for the developmental squad?Injuries: Fullback Chuck Evans (sprained knee)
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1999
Call it the dress rehearsal before the dress rehearsal. Yesterday, five days before their preseason opener and in front of about 2,000 fans at Western Maryland College's Bair Stadium, the Ravens staged a mock game.The hourlong "game" featured limited contact, no tackling. It simulated game conditions, beginning with the playing of the national anthem. Players wore shorts. Coaches wore headsets. The Ravens substituted players freely, mixing first-teamers with third-teamers. And for four, 10-minute quarters, the clock ran continuously.
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