Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Catching up with Jabo Lee

With Kenny Harper and Zaire Williams sharing the load in the backfield last season, and with guys like Jamie Gilmore anxious to get in the mix, the Temple backfield is crowded.

Catching up with Jabo Lee

Temple head coach Matt Rhule. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
Temple head coach Matt Rhule. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

With Kenny Harper and Zaire Williams sharing the load in the backfield last season, and with guys like Jamie Gilmore anxious to get in the mix, the Temple backfield is crowded.

So where does this leave running back Jabo Lee?

Lee came to Temple the circuitous route, first committing to East Carolina only to decommit there and sign with Tennessee as a freshman.

But Lee, who suffered an ACL injury that forced him to miss most of his senior season at Dillon (SC) High, never enrolled at Tennessee and transferred to Temple last year.

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The 5-9, 188-pound redshirt freshman says he’s found a comfortable place.

“I feel good,” Lee said. “I haven’t had any problems with it. The training staff is taking good care of it before and after practice. I’d say I’m at 90 percent. I’ve been able to make cuts on it and it hasn’t given me any problems.”

Lee forged his reputation as a sophomore and a junior. As a sophomore, Lee gained 2,325 all-purpose yards and scored 30 touchdowns. He followed that up with more than 1,600 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns as a junior, when he averaged 11 yards per carry.

Lee said the best 40 time he has clocked since coming to Temple is a 4.53. He said that prior to his injury he had run a 4.43.

The crowded backfield, according to Lee, is good for all the backs in camp.

“It’s good,” Lee said. ‘We have a lot of guys who have already played and they are showing me things. You have to compete every day. It’s a good environment to get better in.”

Inquirer Staff Writer
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John Mitchell is in his second year covering Temple after two seasons covering the 76ers for the Inquirer, after joining the paper in November 2011. He covered the Washington Wizards for the Washington Times from 1998 to 2008. He's also worked at the Philadelphia Tribune, the Wilmington News Journal, Courier-Post, Trenton Times and Elmira Star-Gazette. He graduated from Overbrook High School and Howard University in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter @jmitchinquirer or reach him at jmitchell@philly.com.

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