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2011 Jackets In College Football Archives
Former Yellow Jackets standout R.J. Peppers holds the CAA Championship trophy. One year after
finishing last in the CAA with an 0-8 record, the Tigers (9-2, 7-1) completed their inspiring drive to
their first CAA championship.
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2011 Jackets In College Football Archives, Former Yellow Jackets standout R.J. Peppers holds the CAA Championship trophy. One year after finishing last in the CAA with an 0-8 record, the Tigers (9-2, 7-1) completed their inspiring drive to their first CAA championship. Carver Heights Quarterback Club, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida
Jackets In College: R. J. Peppers, Towson University, (MD)

Former Jacket R.J. Peppers and Towson U. CAA Champs

By Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer
Carver Height Quarterback Club
Monday, November 19, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 11:51 a.m.

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LEESBURG - When former Leesburg High School football standout R.J. Peppers signed a letter of
intent to play football for Towson University in 2010 he expected to have a good season his freshmen
year. No one outside of Towson University expected them to perform well after winning only nine
games over the past four seasons. Peppers and his teammates shocked the college football world by
making one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history.

"It feels great we have worked so hard," Peppers said shortly after Saturday's win over Rhode Island.

Towson won the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and a automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA
FCS playoffs Saturday afternoon. The Tigers rallied past Rhode Island, 28-17, on Saturday to capture
their first CAA crown and the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. Coach Rob Ambrose's
squad has gone from 1-10 in 2010 to 9-2 this season, including a 7-1 record in the CAA. They finished
one game ahead of Maine, New Hampshire and Old Dominion, which were all 6-2 in conference play.

“We knew this was going to be a very tough game for us,” admitted Towson Coach Rob Ambrose.
“Rhode Island might be the best three-win team in college football. We were fortunate to get out of here
with a win.“This is such a great moment for Towson football,” Ambrose admitted.

“Winning a championship in the CAA is a tremendous accomplishment. This championship is for
everyone who has ever worn a Towson football uniform. As a coach, you couldn’t ask for anything else
from a team. At the start, the only ones who believed in us were ourselves, the Towson University
community and the Towson football alumni.”

Towson overcame a 10-0 deficit after the first quarter. Quarterback Grant Enders completed 20-of-26
passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns to Tom Ryan. Enders also led the Tigers with 60 rushing
yards on nine carries, while running back Terrance West rushed for two touchdowns despite being
held to 52 yards on 19 carries.

Peppers averaged 45.7 yards per punt as a senior at Leesburg (FL.) H.S and  placed 54 percent of his
punts inside the 20-yard line. He earned All-County honors as a senior at Leesburg High School,
averaged 40 yards per punt as a junior and was named as Special Teams Player of the Year for Coach
Randy Trivers. Peppers helped the Yellow Jackets post a 6-4 record in 2010.     1   of   2     
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This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com