Rodriguez, Whitehead and McManus honored

Temple tight end Evan Rodriguez, outside linebacker Tahir Whitehead and placekicker/punter Brandon McManus all received College Football Performance Award honorable-mention honors on Sunday.

Rodriguez caught two passes for a team-high 64 yards in Saturday’s 36-13 setback to Toledo. The senior's highlight was a 55-yard touchdown reception.

Whitehead finished the game with seven tackles – two for a loss – to go with a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

McManus made 30- and 37-yard field goals against the Rockets. He also averaged 59 yards on his two punts.

In other news, Temple running back Bernard Pierce was named a finalist for the Running Back Performance of the Year Award after rushing for five touchdowns and 149 yards last week against Maryland.