Archive: August, 2013
Here are some lose ends from the Owls’ final practice before heading out to South Bend to face Notre Dame in Saturday’s nationally televised game.
*Coach Matt Rhule announced that freshman Jarred Alwan will get the nod over sophomore Nate D. Smith and start at MIKE linebacker. Smith, who finished second on the squad last season in tackles (75) will definitely see some playing time, according to Rhule.
*Starting at cornerback across from returning starter Anthony Robey will be Tayvon Young. Rhule is going to go with Abdul Smith and Stephaun Marshall at the safety positions.
If your are making the trip out to South Bend to watch the Owls season opener vs. Notre Dame, don’t get caught holding the bag. Here is a look at what will and will not be permitted in Notre Dame Stadium this Saturday:
• What types of bags are prohibited?
Backpacks, duffel bags, and tote bags are strictly prohibited.
• What can I bring into the Stadium?
Smaller bags, including purses and draw-string sack packs, will be allowed but will be inspected by trained security personnel.
• Can I bring my medical bag or diaper bag into the Stadium?
Yes, medical bags and diaper bags will be allowed into the Stadium, but will be inspected by trained security personnel.
• Why does Notre Dame feel it is necessary to institute a bag policy like this now?
As we learned this past spring in Boston, backpacks and other larger bags can be used for destructive and tragic purposes. This policy is part of an ongoing effort to continuously improve the game-day environment and enhance safety.
• How long will the bag inspection process take?
The trained inspectors will work quickly yet carefully to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum while keeping safety at the forefront.
• How will my property be handled during the bag inspection process?
Please know that our trained professionals will ensure personal property and privacy are respected at all times.
• How was this policy determined?
The University benchmarked its bag policy with those of other Universities and NFL programs and developed a policy that would best fit with Notre Dame's Stadium and other processes in place.
Sophomore linebacker Nate D. Smith has made a strong push in the final days leading up to Temple’s season opener at Notre Dame to return to the starting lineup.
On Tuesday, at his weekly press conference, coach Matt Rhule surprised some when he said that freshman Jarred Alwan had won the starting Mike linebacker job over Smith. Last season Smith started 10 of 11 games at middle linebacker. He finished with 75 tackles, second on the team to fellow linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who last season set the true freshman record (101).
However, following a rainy Wednesday morning practice that featured the Notre Dame Fight Song looped over and over again at an ear-deafening decibel level, Rhule said that the Smith was still in the running to start Saturday’s nationally televised game against 14th ranked Notre Dame.
Had a few questions answered by Temple offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield regarding what the offense might look like and the process of transforming the offense from the ground-and-pound approach of the past to the pro-style offense that the Owls will deploy moving forward.
The most interesting statement was that Satterfield, 37, said the offense, when clicking, should look a whole lot like a certain NFC East foe of the Philadelphia Eagles.
“When it’s running smoothly the offense is going to look very, very, very, very much like the New York Giants’ offense,” Satterfield said. “It will shadow it. When you watch the Giants – and when their offense is rolling – it’s balanced and it’s fun to watch. That’s what we’re shooting for here.”
Things are going pretty well for former Temple standout Tim Brown.
A member of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, Brown was most recently named the CFL Special Teams Player of the Week.
In the Lions’ 26-22 win over the Calgary Stampeders, Brown returned a first quarter kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown. All told, Brown returned four kickoffs for 140 yards and nine punts for 72 yards. Brown finished the game with 212 all-purpose yards.
Temple coach Matt Rhule named junior quarterback Connor Reilly the team’s starter for the regular season, which begins on Aug. 31 at Notre Dame.
Reilly, who has never started a collegiate game, beat out Clinton ‘Juice’ Granger for the starting job. Granger, a fifth-year senior, started the last two games of last season at quarterback.
“It was a hard decision for us,” Rhule said Thursday at the team’s Media Day inside The Pavilion, home to Temple’s new indoor practice facility. “But we’ve made it now and we’ll move forward. We feel like they both can lead the team. They have both done a good job. But Connor is the guy we’re going to move forward with and let him start this first game.”
A record 26 national television games highlight Temple’s 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule, and all but four contests – LIU, Penn, Texas Southern and Towson – will be seen nationally. More games may be added at a later date.
“The American Athletic Conference is one of the top basketball conferences in the country and this is evident by the amount of television exposure the league has generated in its first season,” said Temple head coach Fran Dunphy. “Clearly this is one of the most challenging schedules in the history of Temple Basketball, and arguably the toughest home slate for an Owl team. Hopefully our young men will be up for the challenge.”
The Owls will appear on ESPN entities 22 times during the season. The Owls will make one guaranteed appearance on ESPN on Jan. 18 when Temple faces LaSalle at The Palestra.
The defensive problems that hovered over the Temples Owls in the 2012 season were glaring.
The front of the defense struggled against the run and at putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. However, the front seven has at times this summer looked stouter against the run, and coach Matt Rhule has made intensifying a pass rush that produced just 25 sacks one his top priorities.
However, a shaky secondary – one that is still especially unsettled at both safety positions - clearly is a major concern for the Owls, who open the 2013 season at Notre Dame on Aug. 31.