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Owls will not need Pierce against Army

What we do know is that Bernard Pierce is practicing, again.

Owls will not need Pierce against Army

What we do know is that Bernard Pierce is practicing, again.

But we will have to wait for the Temple tailback’s status for Saturday’s game against Army.

“I don’t know,” Addazio said Monday about Pierce being ready to start against the Black Knights. “I’m worried about today.”

To be honest, Temple (6-4) will not need him against Army (3-7).

The Black Knights are a struggling team, having lost four of their last five games.  And the Owls have another talented tailback in Matt Brown.

With Pierce unable to play due to a concussion, Brown got the start in last week’s game against Miami of Ohio. The 5-foot-5 junior finished with 123 yards and touchdown to become the Mid-American East Division offensive player of the week.

Pierce, a 6-foot, 218-pound junior, had a record-setting season before the injury.

His 19 touchdowns are single-season rushing TD and overall TD records at Temple. Pierce's 114 points scored are also a single-season school mark.

The 6-foot, 218-pounder also averages 115 rushing yards per game.

He's also Temple's career record-holder in scoring (276 points), rushing touchdowns (45) and overall touchdowns (46).

The Owls are also missing key contributors in John Palumbo and Anthony Robey due to injuries.

Robey, a freshman cornerback, has missed four of the last six games. Palumbo, a senior center, was sidelined in three of the Owls last five contests.

 

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. 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. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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