Archive: September, 2013
Temple cornerback Zamel Johson, born and raised in Staten Island, shared some memories of what that terrifying moment in history was like:
Three days after hurting his right knee in Temple’s loss to Houston and the Owls are still not certain whether or not starting quarterback Connor Reilly will be available to play Saturday against Fordham.
“He didn’t practice today so he’ll be day-by-day,” Temple coach Matt Rhule said of Reilly, who was injured in the fourth quarter of the Owls’ 22-13 loss to American Athletic Conference opponent Houston. “But if the game were today he wouldn’t have played; he wouldn’t have even suited up.”
If Reilly is unable to start on Saturday, Temple will start fifth-year senior Clinton Granger. Granger started the final two games of the 2012 season, leading the Owls to a 63-32 victory over Army and a 38-20 loss to Syracuse.
A look at the top performers from this past weekend’s games in the American Athletic Conference:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Temple Owls got a huge commitment this weekend when Top 100 prospect Obi Enechionyia gave them an oral commitment to play basketball there.
A 6-9 junior forward in the class of 2014, Enechionyia averaged 19.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and four blocks per game at St. James School in Springfield, VA. Enechionyia announced he was committing to the Owls via Twitter on Sunday afternoon. This was about 24 hours after he spent Saturday at the Temple football game.
Temple used a pair of rushing touchdowns from running back Kenny Harper to take 13-9 lead into halftime of the first American Athletic Conference football game. The game is being played at Lincoln Financial Field.
The second of Harper’s two scores capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive. On first-and-goal at the Houston 3 Harper scored with 0:50 remaining in the first half.
Harper also scored from the Houston 1 near the end of the first quarter. Temple’s Jim Cooper, who missed a pair of field goals and an extra point last week, failed to convert the extra point. Paul Layton kicked the extra point on Harper’s second score.
The Houston Cougars used five field goals Saturday against Temple to score a 22-13 victory at Lincoln Financial Field in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Game.
Houston’s Richie Leone connected on field goals of 40, 19, 19, 24 and 22 yards to improve the Cougars to 2-0 (1-0 American Athletic Conference). The Owls record fell to 0-2, 0-1.
After allowing Temple 13 points in the first half, the Cougars buckled down defensively and held the Owls scoreless in the second half.
If you get to Lincoln Financial Field early enough on Saturday, you’ll be there in time to participate in a new tradition for the Temple football team.
At 9:30 on Saturday morning, the Owls will conduct what they have termed a “Fly In.” It’s a new tradition that will see the Owls unload from their game-day buses on Pattison Ave and then walk through Lot K with the marching band and into the stadium.
Also, Saturday’s game with Houston will feature the debut of Stella the Owl.
The Temple Owls are looking for someone to be a play-maker at wide receiver this weekend against Houston in the inaugural American Athletic Conference game at Lincoln Financial Field, and they are not ruling out that Deon Miller could be that guy.
Miller practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday but not on Thursday. Coach Matt Rhule said he was not certain that the 6-5, 210-pound Miller, a senior, would play. However, he did not rule it out.
Miller would be a nice addition for this game, especially now that the Owls know they will be without sophomore receiver Samuel Benjamin (clavicle) at least for the next 6-8 weeks.