Temple receiver Romond Deloatch steps up

Posted: November 12, 2012

Temple may have finally found an answer to the team's glaring need at wide receiver - Romond Deloatch.

The freshman made his first career start in Saturday's 34-10 setback to Cincinnati at Lincoln Financial Field. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder responded with a performance the Owls (3-6, 2-4 Big East) hope to build on.

Though there were several balls he couldn't haul in, Deloatch finished with four receptions for a team-high 42 yards. They were the first four receptions of his career.

The Virginia native started in place of junior Deon Miller, who missed the game due to an injury.

"I thought [offensive coordinator] Ryan Day did a good job of getting him activated," Temple coach Steve Addazio said. "He got activated. Now, there were some really great plays, and there were some plays where we've got some work to do.

"But the future looks bright. It's exciting. I love his attitude."

Deloatch was targeted 10 times on Saturday.

He made the Owls' first reception, a 7-yarder, on the second play on Temple's third offensive series.

The Virginia native's next two receptions were huge third-down grabs.

He hauled in an 11-yard pass on a third-and-7 play in the second quarter. Deloatch followed with a 17-yarder to the Temple 42-yard line on a third-and-10 play on the Owls' first possession of the second half.

"I came in today and had my head up high," said Deloatch, who has struggled in his previous five game appearances. "I had to come in strong."

With Miller sidelined, Deloatch was challenged this week in practice.

"Coach said that I had to practice hard and play hard, because the balls were going to come my way," he said. "That's what happened."

Prior to Saturday's game, slot receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick was the only productive wideout on the team. He leads the team with 24 receptions.

Tight end Cody Booth (17 receptions), fullback Kenny Harper (10), and tailback Montel Harris (nine) are the next-leading pass catchers.

Notes. Temple plays at Army at noon Saturday, on CBS Sports Network. . . . Brendan McManus was named punter of the week by the College Football Performance Awards. He punted seven times for a 48.9-yard average.

Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @pompeysgridlock.

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