No definite return date set for Temple's Deon Miller

Temple's Deon Miller has been sidelined by an illness. (AP File Photo)

One of the biggest questions heading into Temple’s season is the status of wideout Deon Miller.

Miller has been sidelined with a viral illness since the second week of training camp. There have been some speculations that the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder could miss Aug. 31’s season-opener against Villanova while recovering from the illness.

But when asked about the junior’s status, Temple coach Steve Addazio said Miller was fine.

Addazio added that Miller could practice when the Owls resume workouts Friday.

“I’m feeling good, right now,” Miller said. “I’m getting in the groove of things. I’m working out, right now. So I feel good.”

Temple will have a huge hole to fill if he does miss time at the start of the season.

With the loss of last season’s top three receivers, the Virginia native is the top returning pass-catcher.  Miller had 18 receptions for 253 yards and three touchdowns while starting 12 games last season.

Meanwhile, tight end Cody Booth (two catches) and wideouts Ryan Alderman (two) and C.J. Hammond (one) combined to make just five receptions last season.

Another wideout, senior Malcolm Eugene, quit the team Monday after struggling during camp.

Alderman, a former walk-on, could get the start at the X-wideout position if Miller is unable to play against the Wildcats.