Staying healthy is key for Temple O-line

Steve Addazio seems a little concerned.  And his concern is warranted.

The Temple first-year coach knows depth is a big difference between teams from Bowls Championship  Series' teams and squads from the Mid-American Conference.

That’s why the former Florida offensive coordinator realizes his players – especially his starting offensive linemen – must remain healthy if the Owls (2-0) expect to beat Penn State (1-1) Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

“If you get a guy banged out of the game at one of those [offensive line] positions, you are going to get compromised,” Addazio said. “That’s where the depth thing comes into play.

“So I think we got to stay as healthy as we can stay.”

Averaging 6-foot-5 and 318.8 pounds per man, Temple’s offensive line is more than 29 pounds heavier than the Nittany Lions’ defensive line.

Center John Palumbo (6-5, 312 pounds), right guard Wayne Tribue (6-4, 324), left guard Derek Dennis (6-5, 328), left tackle Pat Boyle (6-5, 320) and right tackle Martin Wallace (6-6, 310) are the Owls' starting offensive linemen.

“I hope we stay lucky,” Addazio said. “And I hope we stay healthy, because that’s a big, big part of it.”