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Staying healthy is key for Temple O-line

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

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.”

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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