Friday, December 26, 2014

No more Penn State talk

Enough about Penn State.

No more Penn State talk

Enough about Penn State.

Temple's fans will talk about last Saturday’s heartbreaking loss to the Nittany Lions for some time.

But it’s time for the Owls (2-1) to stop partaking in the conversation.

“What we have to do is focus on the next game,” senior wideout Rod Streater said of Saturday’s contest against Maryland at Byrd Stadium. “The next game is the most important game.”

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And Streater is expecting stiff competition from the Terrapins (1-1).

“They are great,” The Burlington Township product said. “They are balanced offensively and defensively.”

The Terps are ranked 17th nationally in total offense, averaging 488 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Danny O’Brien is averaging 318.5 passing yards per game. He’s also completing 67.7 percent of his throws.

Defensively, Maryland is led by sophomore safety Matt Robinson, who has 23 tackles — 16 solos — on the season.

“They have a lot of talent,” Streater said. “So we just got to study film and stay focused.”

Defensive stoppers: Outside of the quarterback position, Temple’s biggest concern heading into the season was replacing six defensive starters.

So far, the new-look Owls have been better than expected.

After three games, Temple is ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense, behind Kansas State, Alabama and Central Florida.

The Owls are holding opponents to eight points a game.

Temple gave up seven points to Villanova. Then the Owls held Akron to three points before giving up 14 to Penn State.

Temple’s defense also ranks in the Top 10 nationally in sacks (four per game).

Tribue honored: Temple right guard Wayne Tribue is named to the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.

The 6-foot-4, 324-pound senior joined former Owls’ Yazid Jackson (2003), Alex Derenthal (2007) and Amara Kamara (2010) in a select group if he makes the team.

Good Works Team members are honored for community service.

Tribue is an advocate at Temple for bone marrow donor awareness. The Central York product also spoke to parents and youth at the “One Child Saved” event. And he volunteered at the AWANA Youth Group, the Jahri Evans Football Camp and the Ronald McDonald House.

NFL bloodlines: Maryland running back Davin Meggett, a Doak Walker Award candidate, is son of former NFL running back/kick returner Dave Meggett.

Meggett played six seasons with the New York Giants before a three-year stint with the New England Patriots. He ended his NFL career after one season with New York Jets.

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 Reach Keith at

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