Here are five questions the Temple football team will answer this season.
1. Will quarterback Chris Coyer duplicate last season’s productivity now that he’s playing against Big East competition? Coyer looked great once he became the Owls’ primary quarterback late in the season. But the true test will come once Temple gets in the heart of conference play.
2. How will the Owls adjust to the departure of tight end Evan Rodriguez, the fourth-round pick of the Chicago Bears? Without a go-to pass catcher with Rodriguez’s ability, will they be forced to throw the ball fewer than they did last season.
3. Will defensive tackle Levi Brown have the stellar year the coaching staff is banking on? Brown is regarded as one of the Big East’s best defensive linemen. But his spring was subpar at best.
4. Can the Owls put the same pressure on opposing quarterbacks like they did the last four seasons without all-Mid-American Conference defensive end Adrian Robinson? The former four-year starter, who signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, basically lived in opposing backfields. Without his presence, getting to the quarterback might not be as easy.
5. Is sophomore wideout Jalen Fitzpatrick ready to make major contributions? Temple coach Steve Addazio has said that Fitzpatrick will be an integral part of the offense. It’s a big leap for a undersized guy who was mainly a special teams player a year ago.