Transfer guard finds a home on Temple's line

Temple football coach Matt Rhule. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Temple football coach Matt Rhule. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 15, 2013

The biggest addition to Temple's offensive line, literally, can be seen these days at right guard, where Maryland transfer Pete White expects to make an immediate impact.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, White is impossible to miss at Temple's practices.

As a prep player in Maryland, White was ranked No. 5 nationally by Scout.com among high school guards in 2008. He was held back by injuries at Maryland but quickly moved into the starting lineup at Temple. He is expected to be in the lineup Aug. 31 when the Owls open the season at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

"He's a heck of a kid," Temple coach Matt Rhule said. "He was really well-coached by his last offensive line coach. He has a lot of potential. The biggest thing I like about him is he doesn't come in and say, 'Well that's not how I do this.' He just comes in and does whatever we say and he does it really well.

"He's trying to play himself into shape," Rhule added. "He is not a fat man - he's a big man. Playing at our speed and tempo, he's doing everything possible to make sure he's ready for the [opener]."

Rhule wants to have at least seven offensive linemen in his rotation. Asked to name a starting lineup right now, Rhule named White along with left tackle Zach Hooks (6-6, 300 pounds); left guard Jeff Whittingham (6-2, 305); center Kyle Friend (6-2, 305); and right tackle Eric Lofton (6-5, 300).

Converted tight end Cody Booth (6-5, 285) has missed time with a toe injury. Sean Boyle (6-5, 305) has been out with a shoulder ailment. Also in the mix is freshman Dion Dawkins.

"The key is to get the best five out there and have seven or eight that you can play in a game with," Rhule said.


Contact John N. Mitchell at  jmitchell@philly.com. Follow on Twitter @JmitchInquirer.

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