September 25, 2014 |
TEMPLE EXPERIENCED way too many self-inflicted mishaps last season. The final one might have been the most enduring. And maybe the most valuable. In their next-to-last game, the 1-9 Owls were leading 0-9 Connecticut 21-0 after one half in South Philly. They would lose the second half, 28-zip. So . . . "We went out that Monday and scrimmaged for two hours," coach Matt Rhule explained. "My point to the team was, 'Don't take winning lightly. Don't take losing lightly. Play to the end.' They responded.
September 5, 2014
Navy at Temple Saturday, 1 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field TV: ESPN3. Radio: The Fanatic (97.5-FM). Records: Navy is 0-1, Temple 1-0. History: Series tied, 5-5. Temple won the last meeting, in 2009 in Annapolis (27-24), after losing in each of the previous four seasons. About Navy: The Midshipmen lost at home to Top 10 Ohio State, 34-17, after leading by one in the third quarter . . . They're 10-0 at the Linc, with nine of those wins coming against Army . . . Three offensive players that missed the OSU game remain questionable with injuries . . . Junior QB Keenan Reynolds runs the triple option as well as anyone . . . Coach Ken Niumatalolo, in his seventh season, needs one more win to tie Eddie Erdelatz (50)
August 28, 2014
Coach: Matt Rhule (2-10 in his first season) Last year: 2-10 (1-7 American) On the web: www.Owlsport.com . Ticket info: 215-204-Tixx. Worth watching: Quarterback P.J. Walker would sure seem like the right place to start. The offense got better when he became the starter midway through last season. But he still made his share of mistakes, as you'd expect. Now he has to take the next progression, since he needs to be the leading part of whatever lies ahead. Sophomore Khalif Herbin, who sat out last season, could be the type of gamebreaker that's desperately needed, both catching passes and returning kicks.
August 19, 2014 |
WHEN KENNETH HARPER committed to Temple from Buchholz High in Gainesville, Fla., he did not do so to be a running back. In fact, he was not even slated to play on the same side of the ball. "When I first came in, I was coming in at safety," Harper said. "My mindset was to do whatever I could do for the team. Whatever my role would be, as long as I was impacting the team in some way, I was successful. " Harper played both safety and running back in high school, but safety was where he thought his college career was headed.
August 16, 2014 |
As one of eight seniors on the roster, running back Kenneth Harper knows the day is coming when the uniform he'll wear won't be Temple football's, but something more appropriate for the workforce. To get ready for that, Harper, a finance major from Gainesville, Fla., who last season led the Owls in rushing yards (613) and touchdowns (11), interned over the summer here with PNC Bank. "I worked on high-net-worth accounts," Harper said. "Asset management and portfolio management, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, and things like that.
June 16, 2014 |
Temple football received three oral commitments from New Jersey players Saturday for the freshman class of 2015. Israel Benson, a 6-foot-1, 316-pound offensive lineman from St. Joseph Regional High in Montvale; Jeremiah Atoki, a 6-11/2, 190-pound wide receiver from Vineland High; and Ryquel Armstead, a 5-103/4 receiver-defensive back from Millville High all committed to the Owls. All three players attended the Matt Rhule Football Camp on Saturday at the team's Edberg-Olson practice facility.
June 13, 2014
Temple football received an oral commitment Wednesday morning from Bristol, Conn., quarterback Logan Marchi. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder had committed to Connecticut and was set to sign in February. But a few days before national signing day, the university denied his application. Marchi was forced to decommit and planned to attend prep school. According to WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn., Marchi will not attend prep school. He will enroll at Temple in January 2015. Marchi is a two-star recruit, according to Rivals.com.
April 4, 2014 |
IN A PERFECT WORLD, a football coach would never have to bring in any junior-college transfers. If only for continuity's sake, he would recruit nothing but 20-some high-school seniors each year and his depth chart would remain steady across the board. But in the real world, it doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes a team has areas that need to be addressed immediately. Last season, Temple lost 10 games. The Owls might have won at least a few of those if they had more playmakers in the secondary, particularly at the safety position.