Malcolm Eugene quits Temple's football team

Temple WR Malcolm Eugene, center, has left the team. The senior had only two receptions last season. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Temple wideout Malcolm Eugene is no longer a member of the football team.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior informed the coaching staff Monday of his decision to stop playing and leave school.

“Malcolm decided ...  it is in his best interest to step down and go to a lower level,” Owls coach Steve Addazio said. “He’s only got one year left. He would like to ensure himself the opportunity to be able to get more reps.”

Eugene was demoted from the starting lineup after a subpar performance in the spring game. He had been struggling as a backup during training camp.

“His reps were dwindling, and, you know,  that’s the way that is,” said Addazio, who wasn't surprised about Eugene’s decision to leave.

After being a 2010 Junior College all-American at ASA College (N.Y.), the Huntington, N.Y. native failed to live up to expectations last season at Temple.

His only two receptions came in the New Mexico Bowl win over Wyoming. He played in 11 games last season.

"We're good. We're good," Addazio said of having to play without Eugene. "You got [starters] C.J. [Hammond] and Deon [Miller].  You got young guy, Khalif Herbin, showing up. You got [James] Whitfield.

"We have no shortage of receivers right now. We are pretty deep there."