Other than first-half carries against Villanova, Temple rested Boston College transfer Montel Harris with a sore hamstring. Now back on the field, the standout tailback is expected to provide a spark against the Nittany Lions (1-2).
But Temple realizes its banged-up offensive line could have a tough time establishing the run against Penn State's stout defensive front.
"This is the 2012 team. It's a different team" from last season, Temple coach Steve Addazio said. "We have to have a different approach."
That difference may be new offensive coordinator Ryan Day and his offensive scheme. His playbook has an assortment of plays from four-receiver sets.
And maybe Temple will finally utilize those plays this weekend.
Banged-up line. Owls center Sean Boyle (bumps and bruises) and left guard Jeff Whittingham (sprained ankle) returned to practice Tuesday. Right guard Jaimen Newman is still out with an undisclosed injury.
McManus honored. Brandon McManus, Temple's senior placekicker and punter, was one of 11 Football Bowl Subdivision players named to the 2012 allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
The award recognizes college football players for making a difference in their communities. McManus volunteered for 11 community service events during the 2011-12 academic year. This marks the third consecutive year and the fifth time since 2003 that a Temple player was named to the Good Works team.
Temple-Penn State Multimedia Week
Catch "Owls Insider with Steve Addazio", hosted by Keith Pompey on Thursday. Plus, Joe Juliano breaks down the game. philly.com/collegevideos
Penn State blog: Joe Juliano chats Wednesday
at 3 p.m. philly.com/lioneyes
Temple blog: On Wednesday, Keith offers five things you'll want to see from Temple. His live chat is Thursday at 1 p.m. philly.com/owlsinq
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