Dynasty League Spotlight: Terrance West, RB Towson Tigers
The Trashman, RosterWatch.com
Terrence West, RB Towson Tigers
Weight: 225 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.54 (Combine)
NFL Comparison: Eddie Lacy
A man among boys for much of his college career, West led all 2013 college football players with a Football Championship Subdivision single-season record 2,509 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. He’s a natural downhill runner, who generally makes one cut and then leaves defenders searching for their contacts on the field. It’s true that his accolades might largely be the product of the division he plays in, Jamaal Branch and Omar Cuff previously held the aforementioned records, and we’ve never heard of them again, but anyone who works with West will tell you that he’s a special player who is primed to succeed on the next level. He doesn’t have breakneck speed, but West glides through the field with long strides and doesn’t slow down until he reaches the end-zone, which he often. He scored at least one TD in every game his final year at Towson. West lowers his pads when he makes contact, but he tends to run more upright than we’d like for such a stout back. West isn’t a shifty runner. He doesn’t out-maneuver players with his feet, but he hasn’t really needed to.
We were particularly impressed by West at the 2014 Combine. He told us stories of not being wanted at any big football programs, and his career at Towson was not easy. He had to get up at 4:30AM every day to catch the first of two buses that would take him to campus where he would stay until late in the evening taking care of football and school business before doing the same thing to get back home every night. A true “character player” in every sense of the word.
West would be a much higher profile draft prospect had he gone to a major school. Academic issues and responsibility for a son kept him close to his home in Baltimore, and Towson became the best fit for him. He’ll be a nice backfield compliment once he’s drafted, a la Joique Bell, right out of the gate. His nose for the end-zone makes him an intriguing pick up in dynasty leagues. I have a good feeling about this one.