Temple may unveil new offense against Penn State

Tailback Montel Harris , a transfer from Boston College, could provide a spark for the Owls. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff
Tailback Montel Harris , a transfer from Boston College, could provide a spark for the Owls. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff
Posted: September 20, 2012

Shhh! Don't say this too loudly, but Temple might finally unveil its new-look offense against Penn State.

After games in which they mostly ran the ball, the Owls (1-1) are expected to open things up more on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. But you'll be hard-pressed to get anyone at Temple to admit it.

"Ha, ha. You are going to see on Saturday," quarterback Chris Coyer said. "You know, of course, we are always going to be a run-first team."

What Coyer didn't mention was that the Owls kept things simple against Villanova and Maryland. For those games, the thinking was that establishing the run, playing solid defense and stellar special-teams play would be enough to defeat those teams.

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

Contact Keith Pompey at 215-854-2939 or kpompey@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @pompeysgridlock. Read his blog, "Owls Inq," at www.philly.com/OwlsInq


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