Alex Wells impresses in Temple's first football practice

Temple head coach Matt Rhule. (Chris Szagola/AP file photo)

By Matt Breen


Temple football opened its Spring practice schedule on Monday morning. Here are some notes and observations.

Alex Wells wasted little time Monday as he impressed his new Temple football coaches during the Owls’ first spring practice.

The safety from Baltimore is a junior college transfer from New York City’s ASA College. He is 6-foot junior and was a first-team junior college All-American. In 10 games last season, Wells totaled 45 tackles and three interceptions.

“He showed real instincts,” said head coach Matt Rhule. “We’re excited about him, he did some really good things. He showed why we brought him here.”

You can watch Wells’ ASA highlights here.

Shahid Lovett, a junior college transfer from Lackawanna College, was held out of Monday’s practice. Rhule said the 6-2 junior from Vineland will miss most of Temple’s 15 practices with “knee maintenance.” But it should not sideline him past that.

Walker stronger. P.J. Walker opened up spring practice as the starting quarterback and Rhule said the sophomore is “bigger, faster, stronger” then last season.

“From a mental standpoint he’s light years ahead of where he was at before. That’s really the big step. We all know he can throw and run. It’s just understanding what we’re doing.”

Friend the anchor. Kyle Friend started all 12 games last season and will be the anchor of Temple’s offensive line.

“Kyle’s a warrior,” said Rhule. “He’s a real leader on the team through his toughness and work ethic. And he’s had a great off season.”