Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Defense shining brightest at Temple practice

As expected, Temple’s defense has been outperforming its offense at preseason practice.

Defense shining brightest at Temple practice

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As expected, Temple’s defense has been outperforming its offense at preseason practice.

That’s common at the start of football training camps. The thing that makes things tougher is the Owls switched from the East Coast offense to the multiple offense (spread) during the offseason. Months later, they are still trying to perfect the scheme.

 “Generally, the offense keeps installing” in preseason practices, first-year coach Steve Addazio said. “It doesn’t really have a chance. You are not working one play off another. You are trying to get stuff in.”

So traditionally, defenses dominate early in camp.

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However, the offense had a decent performance Tuesday.

“I was excited about some of the things that they got done,” Addazio said. “Both sides are working really, really hard.

“I think there’s, without question, good improvement.”

Standing out: Defensive ends Morkeith Brown and Adrian Robinson are having impressive camps.

“I think those are two guys that really are popping out at you,” Addazio said. “I would mention [nose tackle] Kadeem Custis has really worked hard and [outside linebacker] Tahir Whitehead.

“Those are a couple of names on defense that have really impressed me.”

Addazio is also impressed with wideout Deon Miller, running back Bernard Pierce and quarterback Chester Stewart’s work ethics on offense.

Does that make Stewart the leading candidate to win the starting spot?

“It’s too early,” Addazio said of determining the starter. “But he’s working hard, and so are the other guys. That position is competing. There are a lot of guys competing.”

 - Keith Pompey

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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