Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kroboth has no trouble replacing Jarrett

Temple fans aren’t about to start chanting Jaiquawn Jarrett who?

Kroboth has no trouble replacing Jarrett

Temple fans aren’t about to start chanting Jaiquawn Jarrett who?

But Kevin Kroboth showed Thursday night that he’s a solid replacement at free safety.

In his game at the position vacated by Jarrett, the Eagles second-round draft pick, Kroboth had a career-best two interceptions. The senior also finished with five tackles to help lead the Owls to a 42-7 victory over Villanova in the Mayor’s Cup.

But you wouldn’t know that by Kroboth’s post-game response. He downplayed his performance.

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“I have to give it up to the offense,” Kroboth said. “The offense kept scoring the points on the board. So it forced Villanova’s offense to start throwing the ball and airing us out.

“And coach put us in great opportunities and great defenses. I was fortunate enough to make those plays.”

He wasn’t the only Owls who recorded a career-best performance Thursday night.

 Here’s a look at the other career-bests for Temple.

Bernard Pierce:  The junior running back rushed for a career-high tying three touchdowns.

Justin Gildea:  The junior strong safety recorded his first interception.

Deon Miller:  The sophomore wideout made the first touchdown reception.

Chris Coyer:  The sophomore backup quarterback’s 68-yard touchdown run was the longest of her career.  It was also his first touchdown.

Anthony Robey: The redshirt freshman cornerback forced the first fumble.

Tahir Whitehead: The senior linebacker recovered his first fumble.

-          Keith Pompey

About this blog
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. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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