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