Saturday, March 28, 2015

Owls look to utilize Fitzpatrick more

Jalen Fitzpatrick's workload on Temple's football team is expected to increase.

Owls look to utilize Fitzpatrick more

Jalen Fitzpatrick, No. 5. (AP Photo)
Jalen Fitzpatrick, No. 5. (AP Photo)

Jalen Fitzpatrick's workload on Temple's football team is expected to increase.

"Jalen is a guy, we have to get more involved, especially as Matt [Brown] is making his way back, in various different ways that we can do that," Owls coach Steve Addazio said.  "So we are constantly trying to find ways that we can do that."

And that could be a good thing for the Owls (3-3).

The sophomore slot receiver has big-play ability. However, it can be argued that he has been underused through the first six games.

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He averages 2.6 receptions for 39.3 yards per game. He also has a total of seven carries for 10 yards this season. And he averaged 28.3 yards on his three kickoff returns.

"Jalen is a guy, who needs to get his hands on the ball more," Addazio said.

Brown, a tailback/kick returner, is getting over a left ankle injury.

He finished with 99 all-purpose yards on Saturday's 35-10 setback to Rutgers, one  week after reinjuring his lankle. Brown returned four kickoffs for 74 yards and gained 25 yards on three punts.

 He did not get any carries at tailback.

Addazio said he doesn't know if Brown will contribute on offense Saturday at Pittsburgh.

We are trying, but he’s got a pretty good injury there," he said. "Like I said, most people probably wouldn’t have seen the light of the field there. So I don’t know. I think this thing is going to be on him a little bit."

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 kpompey@phillynews.com.

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