Some of the key points made by Temple football coach Geoff Collins as his 0-2 Owls prepare to visit 2-0 Maryland on Saturday.
On whether running back Tyliek Raynor would play this week. Raynor is a redshirt sophomore from Imhotep Charter who missed the first two games with an unspecified injury, but was at practice Tuesday:
"I don't know if he will be able to play. He was out there practicing, getting some reps. We are still non-contact with him. He is kind of like the energizer bunny. When you are around him, your spirits are lifted. He is such a great young man, and he wants to be out there playing. When the time is right, and it may be Saturday, whenever the time is right, we are excited to get him back out there and playing. He is a playground legend in Philadelphia. I want him to actually be playing in games for us, so I am excited to see what he can do for us."
On kicker Aaron Boumerhi, who didn't return after missing a 40-yard field goal in Saturday's 36-29 loss to Buffalo because of a hip injury:
"We will know Thursday how much he is able to kick on Saturday."
On when Boumerhi was injured:
"He been working through it all summer, and some days it is much better and some days worse, and we have been managing the situation. Boom is a big-time kicker when he is healthy and 100 percent. He has a tremendous leg. He is cool under pressure. He has made some big-time kicks for us, big-time distances. Does a really nice job on kickoffs."
On defensive end Quincy Roche, who missed about half the game Saturday with an unspecified injury, although he did return for the final two series:
"He did individual work today and will do more team work tomorrow, and we will know more Thursday or Friday, but he is diligently rehabbing."
On what the Owls are planning to honor Jordan McNair, the Maryland offensive lineman who collapsed during a May 29 workout and died two weeks later:
"Everybody knows of Jordan McNair and his unfortunate passing over the summer. So, on Saturday, we will have a No. 79 sticker on the back of our helmets, too, showing our love, our support. Any time something like that happens, it affects the coaching community, the football community. We just want to show our love and support for his family and even for the Maryland football program, what the players must have gone through, must still be going through. We want to show we are in full support. Our love and thoughts are with them as well."
On offensive tackles Isaac Moore and Adam Klein, true freshmen who have appeared in both games: