Last year the Towson Tigers went 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the CAA for a share of fourth place in the league and out of the playoffs. They defeated the then 23rd-ranked Wildcats at Unitas Stadium 28-21 during last season's campaign. This season, they opened with a 56-20 loss at the University of South Florida before rebounding at home against Saint Francis, 35-28.
To get caught up on what the Tigers have been up to this season, we reached out to Jordan Cope, a writer for the Towerlight, Towson's student newspaper.
Mahalak has a shoulder injury. He won't be able to play this week, next week is a bye week for Towson so Head Coach Rob Ambrose will know a little bit more about it then. Ellis Knudson will make his first career start for the Tigers Saturday.
In the second half of last week's game against Saint Francis, the defense stepped up. The defensive front had been handling the running game all evening but what really made a difference was that they started to put pressure on Red Flash quarterback Zack Dreyer and the secondary tightened up to prevent big plays.
Towson has a multitude of weapons on the offensive side of the football. If Villanova comes in looking to stop Darius Victor and the running game, then wide receivers Christian Summers and Andre Dessenberg could make it a long afternoon for the Villanova secondary.
Rob Ambrose has been a huge part in turning the Towson football program around. He has created a culture and expectation to produce a winning football team. Personally, I don't think there is much of a fear of Ambrose leaving Towson for a bigger job anytime soon. After his trip to the FCS Championship game, there were rumors floating around that he may take over as Head Coach of the UConn Huskies where he used to be the quarterbacks coach. However, he has since signed a contract through 2020 at Towson, is an alumni of the school and has young kids that he would like to put through school in the area. I don't see Ambrose leaving Towson anytime soon.
No, I don't think there is any added significance to this game for Towson fans. Being just fifty minutes up the road from Delaware, the Tigers and the Blue Hens are big rivals. Don't get me wrong though, Ambrose will have the team fired up `and ready to play come Saturday.