August 18, 2016 |
When reporters got to view the end of Temple's morning football practice on Tuesday, a big part of the team was missing: the first-team offense. Coach Matt Rhule had kicked the entire offensive first unit out of practice and did not mince any words afterward. "The first-team offense didn't want to be coached today," Rhule said. "They were using their feelings, emotions, on the football field instead of listening to what the coaches were saying. I threw them off the field and told them to go home for the day. " Rhule says he often throws people out of practice, but an entire unit?
August 11, 2016 |
Temple's Adonis Jennings conceded that he expected more of himself last season, and he plans to remedy the situation this year. A junior wide receiver, Jennings spent his freshman year at Pittsburgh and transferred last year to Temple. He received an NCAA exemption that meant he didn't have to sit out the season in accordance with transfer laws. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jennings has good size and speed, but he was never able to hit his stride a year ago. Even though Jennings appeared in all 14 games, making three starts, he had just 14 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
August 8, 2016 |
As Temple held its first football practice Saturday in preparation for the Sept. 2 opener against Army at Lincoln Financial Field, the theme was clear: All that was accomplished last year has to be put in the rearview mirror. Coming off a 10-4 season that tied a school record for wins, an East Division championship in the American Athletic Conference, a berth the Boca Raton Bowl, the first win since 1941 over Penn State, and a valiant effort in a nationally televised, 24-20 loss to Notre Dame, Temple enjoyed a season of accomplishment.
August 3, 2016 |
NEWPORT, R.I. - It is not a surprising decision, but it is one that will have a big impact on Temple's defense. In the spring, Temple football coach Matt Rhule suggested that junior Sean Chandler could be moving from cornerback to safety. On Monday, Rhule confirmed that Chandler, a standout at Camden High, is indeed moving to safety. The reason for the move is so Chandler's ball hawking skills can be displayed over the entire field instead of just one area while playing cornerback.
May 25, 2016 |
IT'S 4:45 ON a recent weekday and there's a light drizzle coming down on the Taney Youth Baseball Association fields at FDR Park in South Philly, across Broad Street from the sports complex, where the Phillies are supposed to play Miami in a little more than two hours. It's been raining on and off for most of the afternoon. The forecast is calling for the precipitation to stop, well, soon. One of the in-house teams in the league for 11- and 12-year-olds, the Wizards, has just arrived in several carloads.
May 11, 2016 |
Satellite football camps that are held off-campus are proliferating and Temple has joined forces with Rutgers and Ohio State in a one-day affair. The three schools will be part of the Tri-State Showcase on June 8 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. Temple coach Matt Rhule, Rutgers coach Chris Ash, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will attend with members of their staffs. Rhule was not available for comment. The camp is for players entering ninth through 12th grades this fall.
April 18, 2016 |
Spring is a time for experimentation, and Temple has done that with one of its best football players. Sean Chandler, a starter his first two seasons at cornerback, has been playing safety this spring. Whether it carries into the fall remains to be seen. "One of our goals is to always get the best 11 on the field, and we know he can play both" positions, coach Matt Rhule said Saturday after Temple's Cherry and White Game, in which the Cherry (the offense) earned a 35-25 win. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Chandler, a product of Camden High, has been working out at safety since spring practice began, and the position seems to suit him, because he is among the team's most intelligent players.
April 17, 2016 |
Even though several returning players established themselves last year, when Temple's football team tied a single-season school record for wins during a 10-4 campaign, coach Matt Rhule insists that at this point, very few jobs are secure. That's why the Cherry and White Game at 1 p.m. Saturday is important to so many aspiring starters or others looking to earn a key reserve role. The game will be played at Temple's practice facility, Chodoff Field at Edberg Olson Hall. Rhule concedes that P.J. Walker, entering his fourth season as the Owls' starting quarterback, will be taking the snaps again from center this season.
March 24, 2016 |
One of the feel-good stories last season for Temple's football team was Nick Sharga, who transferred from Division II West Virginia Wesleyan. After redshirting in 2014, he ended up being so valuable that he played on both sides of the ball for last season's 10-4 team. Sharga appeared in all 14 games, with four starts. He played at linebacker and fullback. Sharga recorded 15 tackles. On offense the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Sharga had one main job: clear the path for Temple tailbacks. This spring, coach Matt Rhule has decided to leave Sharga on offense but says he could see time on defense during the fall.
March 23, 2016 |
Temple offensive lineman Shahbaz Ahmed hopes to sign a professional football contract. A graduate of Paul VI High School, Ahmed can only hope to have as much success signing a football contract as he did with the one he inked with his mother, Tonya. Before entering Temple, Ahmed, who was a two-year starter playing both guard and tackle, signed a pact with his mom that he would earn his degree. There was no timetable for when it would be earned, but Ahmed didn't waste any time. He graduated in December, in 31/2 years, with a degree in political science and a minor in English.