Looking for a Temple player making the most of a situation that started off badly? Then look no further than sophomore tight end Romond Deloatch.
Last season one of 14 true freshmen to see the field, Deloatch, recruited as a wide receiver, started off training camp late to an important team meeting a little more than one week ago. The next day, Deloatch found himself lining up with the defense as punishment.
“I wasn’t happy about it but I know what I did,” Deloatch said Monday following practice. “I knew it was because I missed practice. I just decided to work as hard as I could and see what happens.”
Interestingly enough, Deloatch, listed at 6-4, 225 pounds, shined on the defensive side of the ball at defensive end.
"I put him with the D-line to kind of shake him up," Rhule said.
During two practices last week Deloatch opened everyone’s eyes when he recorded nine sacks.
Rhule has liked the way Deloatch has responded to the switch/punishment and, as a result, Deloatch was back running at tight end Monday with the first unit offense (his preference). However, he did not rule out that he may see some time again at defensive end.
“I don’t really know where I’ll be when the season starts,” Deloatch said, “But I just want to make sure that I make a contribution, offensively or defensively. I just want to help Temple University make it back to a bowl game. “
Temple opens the season Aug. 31 at Notre Dame.