Temple true freshman quarterback Todd Centeio saw his first action of the season in Friday’s 29-21 win over Massachusetts, completing both passes for 20 yards and running for 10 yards on two carries.
Owls head coach Geoff Collins wouldn’t say whether the dual-threat quarterback would see more time when Temple (2-1) visits No. 21 South Florida (3-0) in Thursday’s American Athletic Conference East Division showdown.
It does appear that the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Centeio will have a role against USF. He was in for seven plays against UMass, while redshirt Logan Marchi played most of the game.
What Centeio did that really helped the Owls this week was imitate USF dual-threat star Quinton Flowers in practice. Flowers is the reigning AAC offensive player of the year and the leader of an offense averaging 40 points per game.
“Todd did a really good job [impersonating Flowers],” Collins said.
How Centeio feels isn’t known since Collins prohibits true freshmen from speaking to the media.
Sullivan ready if needed
Temple redshirt sophomore left guard Jovahn Fair suffered an undisclosed injury with 7 minutes and 57 seconds left in the first half on Friday and didn’t return. He was replaced by redshirt senior Adrian Sullivan, who started all 14 games last year at right guard.
Collins said Fair is working hard and will be a game-time decision.
Either way, Sullivan says he will be ready. During preseason camp, Sullivan said he got nicked up, but was available to play in the opening 49-16 loss at Notre Dame.
Sullivan (6-3, 295) didn’t play against Notre Dame and saw limited action in the Owls’ 16-13 win over Villanova before his first extensive duty last week.
“I wasn’t expecting to go out there last week and you never want to see somebody injured, but I was ready to go,” Sullivan said.
He said the same is the case this week whether Fair returns or he takes his place against South Florida.
Sullivan played a big role last year when Temple upset the Bulls, 46-30, at Lincoln Financial Field.
“I remember last year scoring a lot of points and I am looking forward to going out and attacking them,” Sullivan said.
Jennings is No. 1
Senior receiver Adonis Jennings was awarded the No. 1 jersey, a reward for his toughness and dedication. Each week this season Temple is awarding this single-digit number to a player.
Last week Jennings gave the Owls the lead for good with a 30-yard touchdown reception from Marchi that gave Temple a 10-7 advantage late in the second quarter.
Jennings had three receptions for 41 yards. For the season the 6-foot-3, 205-pound product from South Jersey’s Timber Creek High, has eight receptions for 146 yards and the one score.
“I am happy to be respected by my teammates and coaches, but whatever number I am wearing, I will go out and compete [hard] for my team,” Jennings said.