Holtz impressed with Owls aggressive, physical play

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Temple was far from impressive in consecutive losses to Maryland and Penn State.

But listening to South Florida coach Skip Holtz, one gets the impression the Bulls are facing third-rank Florida State for the second consecutive week.

“I think [the Owls] are very sound in what they are doing,” said Holtz, whose squad faces the Owls (1-2) in Saturday’s Big East matchup at Lincoln Financial Field. “They are very disciplined in what they do.”

Holtz added that he’s impressed with the physical nature of the Temple’s defense.

“They are aggressive,” Holtz said. “They play a lot of man coverage. They come after you. They are athletic. They play on their toes.

“They are not a sit-and-react type of team. They are the team that’s going to come after you and force the issue. And I’ve been really impressed with what they do as a defensive football team.”

South Florida (2-3, 0-1 Big East) comes into the matchup with a three-game losing streak.