While overcoming several adversities throughout his life, Terrance West has found success on the football field during his freshman year at Towson University.
During his first season with the Tigers, West earned a position among the school’s career leaders in several categories while already setting several school records.
Scoring 29 touchdowns in 11 games, West ranks sixth in career touchdowns and is tied for third in career rushing touchdowns along with 1993 Towson graduate Tony Vinson.
West has set the schools single-season record for touchdowns and is ranked13th on the school’s career list with 1,294 running yards during this season.
He helped lead the team to a 28-17 come-from-behind victory over Rhode Island for the Colonial Athletic Association championship. This was the first time Towson football had ever won a conference championship game.
West said he is just another player and can’t do it himself. “One vs. 11 can’t win; you need to be a team player in order to succeed,” West said.
West, a Baltimore native who played football at Northwestern High School, described his childhood as a struggle and said his mother always took care of him, his two sisters and brother through all their financial difficulties.
After his cousin, Damian Archer, was shot and killed in 2000, West’s uncle took him to a local recreation center to help keep him out of trouble. That is where West started playing football when he was 9 years old.
West became a father when he 17-years-old when his son, Brendan West, was born. The experience of becoming a father is what inspires him most.
“ I have the opportunity to change the struggles my family went through and I am determined to make a difference for my son,” he said.
West said it is difficult balancing being a division one athlete, a student and a father but that he tries his best. He tries to go home at least three times during the week to spend time with his son.
After high school, West attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia for a year but left because of the distance between him and his family.
After prep school he had to sit out a season due to NCAA rules and looked for a school that would accept him as a transfer student. West looked to play football at Clemson University and University of Maryland but wasn’t qualified due to low SAT scores.
Worried about his future, West started to make calls to different schools and learned that Towson was interested in him. He thanks Towson head coach Rob Ambrose for the opportunity to play football again since he was in a bad situation.
West enrolled at Towson last January and joined the team for the spring season. He said he is happy with his decision because he is close to home and his family can see him play.
West said he wasn’t worried about whether he would see playing time with the Tigers because it’s about what the coaches believe is best for the team. He just wants to continue to grow as a player and a person.
“West is a self motivated player who will work hard to play harder next year to find even more success on the field,” said Anthony Davis Jr., an offensive center.
Towson strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Pick described West’s work ethic as dedicated. “He didn’t miss one work out. He was the first one to show up at summer workouts every day and was the last one to leave for all intensive purposes,” Pick said.
West plans to major in either sports management or business. He hopes to one day play in the NFL and open up a recreation center for kids in downtown Baltimore.
“I want to give back to the kids because I know how it is to grow up struggling with not a lot of opportunities or money,” West said. If the NFL doesn’t work out then he wants to own his own business and work around kids.
Pick said with time West will become even more successful as long as he can keep overcoming previous adversities. West plans to work even harder than last year and stay, “ humble, honest and hungry for success.”