Entering his tenth year as head coach of the Towson Tigers Rob Ambrose has seen his fair share. He thinks 2018 has a chance to be pretty special.
"We've never had a summer like this as long as I've been around football at Towson," he said.
Ambrose was among the Tigers contingent at Colonial Athletic Association Media Day Tuesday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Towson is coming off a 5-6 record last season. But they won three of their final four games of 2017 and have the bulk of their roster coming back this year.
"Over 80% of the roster returns," said Ambrose. "Over 80% of the roster returns is experienced, is hungry and they're a little pissed off. Just how I like them."
That's because the Tigers are picked to finish 10th in the 12 team CAA.
New to the Towson this year is a rather familiar surname.
Former Western Michigan and Rutgers quarterback Tom Flacco joins the program. Yep, he's the brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. He may play QB like his older bro, but that's where the similarities end.
"I think they have two different styles, actually," said Towson offensive lineman Matt Kauffman. "Tom's more of a running quarterback. I think he can throw the ball too."
"For those of you who don't know, yes, Joe never says anything. Ever. And you don't want to play poker with him at all because what a poker face. Tommy's the exact opposite. He's kind of nuts a little bit. If I screw up he's probably going to tell me about it," added Ambrose.
Ambrose said Flacco, a redshirt junior, will compete with incumbent Ryan Stover and Freshman Jeff Miller for the job under center.
Training camp for Towson begins on August 4. The regular season opener comes on September 1 when the Tigers visit Morgan State in the Battle for Greater Baltimore.
Towson is celebrating its 50th season with a special ticket promotion as well. Fans can buy Tigers football season tickets for $50. Click on this link for details.