Let the preseason honors begin for the Temple Owls.
Eight Temple football players were named Monday to Phil Steele’s preseason all-Mid-American Conference teams.
Junior running back Bernard Pierce, senior defensive end Adrian Robinson and senior tight end Evan Rodriquez were first-team selections.
Junior running back Matt Brown, junior placekicker Brandon McManus and senior offensive lineman John Palumbo garnered third-team honors. And senior linebacker Tahir Whitehead along with senior kickoff returner James Nixon made the fourth team.
Temple, under the guidance of first-year coach Steve Addazio, opens the season against Villanova on Sept. 1 in the third annual Mayor’s Cup at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls return 13 starters from last season’s 8-4 squad.
_ Keith Pompey