Towson quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome helped the Tigers win their first game of the 2022 season, a 14-13 decision at Bucknell on Sept. 3, throwing for 195 yards on 58.3 percent passing.
Pigrome hopes to end his college career with a CAA championship. However, the road here was not easy. Pigrome transferred to Towson this summer after previous stops at Maryland (2016-2019), Western Kentucky (2020) and Ole Miss (2021).
Pigrome didn’t expect the Tigers starting job to be handed to him on a silver platter when he arrived on campus. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound quarterback came to Towson with the same level of determination and hard work as any other player on the roster.
“I don’t want anything to be given to me,” Pigrome said on Radio Glenn Clark September 7. “Nothing is ever given to you in the real world, and this is the real world. … If I’m not doing my part, then let it be. If I do my part, OK, let it be.
Pigrome’s determined approach helped win the starting job, and now he’s focused on becoming a better vocal leader and treating “every little piece like a big piece.”
Pigrome said he prioritizes being “a better me as a player, as a person, as a friend. I want to keep growing in all aspects. … Me having a good mind, having a good heart, showing you what kind of person I am, what kind of player, my energy can rub off on guys.
The Birmingham, Alabama native began his college career with Maryland in 2016 and enjoyed some success as a Terrapin before suffering a season-ending injury as a sophomore. In Maryland’s 2017 season opener against Texas, Pigrome left the game in the second half with a torn ACL.
Pigrome took responsibility for his recovery thereafter, but it was an uneven process.
“I felt like I had to pick myself up – no one would coddle me in this situation,” Pigrome said. “At the end of the day, I have to want to do it. … I have really just regained confidence in my legs. You see, the first year or two of my injury, I got a lot heavier, too strong in my upper body. I just got a lot heavier. I was really focused on building more strength in my body. I also felt too stiff for this size.
Pigrome went on to play 22 more games for Maryland from 2018 to 2019, finishing his career with 1,777 passing yards, a 60.2 completion percentage, 17 total touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Pigrome transferred to Western Kentucky in 2020 and lost weight. He threw for 1,603 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions, leading the Hilltoppers to the LendingTree Bowl against Georgia State. Pigrome was transferred to Ole Miss the following year, although he saw no playing time there. It got him moving again.
Pigrome’s route would return to Maryland State at Towson University, where he said the fit felt quite natural.
“Maryland is a good area…and the connection with the players and coaches was good when I visited,” Pigrome explained.
Pigrome holds no grudges against his former coaches and teammates at College Park after returning to the area. He still keeps in touch with a handful of them.
“There are no bad vibes,” Pigrome said.
Now Pigrome has his sights set on improving as a quarterback…and winning a CAA championship. But then Towson hosts Morgan State on Sept. 10.
“To end on a high note and really have a winning season and bond with new guys, new coaches, new people,” Pigrome said of his goals this year. “Have a better season than I’ve had in my entire career.”
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