PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Temple Owls have emerged in recent times as an influence within the American Athletic Convention. The Owls have appeared within the convention title recreation the final two years, and final season they gained the convention championship by throttling Navy within the title recreation.
Temple will look to proceed that success right here in 2017, however beneath a brand new head coach. In fact Matt Rhule left the Owls to take over at Baylor and the brand new man in cost is former Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.
“It’s been a terrific camp,” Collins tells KYW Newsradio. “These youngsters are superb to me. They work onerous, they’re bodily. They’re nice teammates to one another they usually love enjoying soccer.”
One of many largest holes the Owls should fill is at quarterback the place Phillip Walker has moved on to the NFL. Temple has had 4 gamers battling in camp for the job in redshirt junior Frank Nutile, redshirt freshmen Logan Marchi and Anthony Russo and freshman Todd Centeio.
“We’re down to 2 which are going to play lots through the recreation [against Notre Dame] after which we’ve received one other that may in all probability are available and [we’ll] do some distinctive particular package deal issues with him,” Collins says of the quarterback state of affairs. “So we’ve obtained a plan, the youngsters know the plan.”
However Collins says revealing what quarterbacks are during which roles in all probability gained’t occur till recreation time within the season opener towards Notre Dame on Saturday.
Nevertheless the quarterback place performs out, Collins says the blokes catching the passes make up a powerful group.
“The receiving corps clearly I feel stands out,” he says. “The youngsters that we’ve coming again at that place. The expertise, the depth, the dimensions and velocity mixture that we now have all through that group and the expertise with these guys, I feel that’s an outstanding group. Clearly, I feel it’s one of many elite teams in school soccer.”
Redshirt junior Ventell Bryant led the Owls recievers final season with fifty four catches for 895 yards. Redshirt senior Keith Kirkwood was second on the staff with forty two catches for 648 yards. Each gamers caught 4 landing passes in 2016. The Owls must be in good arms on the bottom even with Jahad Thomas now with the New York Jets. That’s as a result of junior operating again Ryquell Armstead is again after dashing for 919 yards and 14 touchdowns final season.
Collins breaks down a power for the Temple protection.
“Within the secondary, I feel we’ve received a very good group,”…