Location: Philadelphia, PA
Colors: Cherry and White
Former Owls: Joe Klecko - Defensive Tackle - New York Jets (1977-1987); Indianapolis Colts (1988), Randy Grossman - Tight End - Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1981), Stacey Mack - Running Back - Jacksonville Jaguars (1999-2002); Houston Texans (2003), Dan Klecko - Fullback / Defensive Tackle - New England Patriots (2003-2005); Indianapolis Colts (2006-2007); Philadelphia Eagles (2008-present), Raheem Brock - Defensive Tackle - Indianapolis Colts (2002-present), Tre' Johnson - Offensive Tackle/Guard - Washington Redskins (1994-2000); Cleveland Browns (2001); Washington Redskins (2002), Lance Johnstone - Defensive End - Oakland Raiders (1996-2000); Minnesota Vikings (2001-2005); Oakland Raiders (2006), Leslie Shepherd - Wide Receiver - Washington Redskins (1994-1998); Cleveland Browns (1999); Miami Dolphins (2000), Bill Cosby - Running Back / Comedian
Al Golden is entering his third season as the Owls head coach. He is currently the fifth youngest head coach in the FBS. But don’t let his age fool you, Coach Golden has been a college coach since 1994, when he was a grad assistant at Virginia. Before coming to Philadelphia, he had been Defensive Coordinator for 5 seasons with the Cavaliers. His last 4 years in Charlottesville, he led a defense that went 3-1 in bowl games. The Owls staff is experienced with only one coach in their first year with the program. There are 4 coaches who have been with Coach Golden during his entire tenure with the Owls, Defensive Backs Coach Paul Williams, Offensive Line Coach Andrew Dees, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Matt Rhule and Asst. Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator Mark D’Onofrio.
Adam DiMichele (#13) started the first four games of the season, but sustained a right shoulder injury on the first play of the Penn State game. DiMichele (6-1, 202lb, R-Sr.) returned to the lineup last week against Ohio. For the season, he is 60 of 107 passing for 699 yards with 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. DiMichele won the 2007 Owl Award as the team MVP. The second year captain has 22 starts in his career. DiMichele started his collegiate career as a baseball player. He attended Okaloosa-Walton College in Niceville, Florida where he was an outfielder and a pitcher. He batted .364 with 43 hits and 22 RBIs as a sophomore and was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and hit .305 as a freshman. Chester Stewart (#7) started at home to Western Michigan, at Miami (OH), at Central Michigan and played all but the first play against Penn State. Stewart (6-3, 218lb, R-Fr.), a DeMatha grad, red shirted in 2007, even though he was the backup the last 4 games of the season. He is 53 of 106 passing for 524 yards with 4 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
The Owls have a three headed monster at the tail back position. Marquise Liverpool (#3) started the first three games of the season. Liverpool (5-11, 195lb, So.) was selected by Phil Steele as Honorable Mention All-MAC in his preseason publication. He will also line up at slot receiver, where he is currently listed as second on the depth chart. On the season, Liverpool has 40 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown. He has also added 15 receptions for 131 yards. Like DiMichele, Liverpool also played baseball before arriving at Temple. He spent three years in the Seattle Mariners organization. Red shirt freshman Joe Jones (#26) started the next four games. Jones (5-11, 206lb, R-Fr.) is second on the team with 192 yards and a touchdown on 68 carries. But it appears the starting job has been handed over to true freshman Kee-ayre Griffin (#20). Griffin (5-11, 187lb, Fr.) leads the team with 197 yards and 3 touchdowns on 40 carries. He started the season as a cornerback, but appears to have found a home in the offensive backfield. Griffin was named offensive player of the game the last two weeks by the Temple coaches.
Bruce Francis (#82) leads an experienced group of receivers, even if some of their experience is at other positions. Francis (6-0, 188lb, Sr.) is second all time with 16 career touchdown receptions. On the season he leads the team with 28 catches for 363 yards and 6 touchdowns. Travis Shelton (#22) is one of Temple’s all time kick returners, and started the first four games of this season at receiver. But Shelton (5-11, 186lb, R-Sr.), first cousin of Chicago Bears cornerback Devin Hester, did not play against Ohio and no longer appears on Temple’s depth chart. The other starting outside receiver is Jason Harper (#18). Harper (5-9, 195lb, Jr.) has 11 catches for 134 yards on the season. He has started 3 of the last 4 games. When the Owls start 3 receivers, Dy’Onne Crudup (#15) gets the call. Crudup (5-9, 180lb, Jr.) has 10 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown on the year. Temple uses two tight ends and both with some success. Steve Maneri (#86) and Kevin Armstrong (#88) are both listed as starters. If fact, they have started together 3 of the last 4 games. Maneri (6-6, 268lb, Jr.) is fifth on the team with 11 receptions for 130 yards and 3 touchdowns. Armstrong (6-3, 252lb, Sr.) has added 10 catches for 65 yards.
Center Alex Derenthal (#59) is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy. Derenthal (6-4, 298lb, R-Sr.) has started 43 consecutive games for the Owls. Beyond him the Temple offensive line has been a work in progress. Andre Douglas (#66) started all 12 games in 2007. Douglas (6-5, 308lb, R-Sr.) started the opener against Navy at guard, but started the other 11 at right tackle. He transferred for Rhode Island after the 2005 season. This season Douglas started the first 7 games at right guard and the last game at right tackle. Derek Dennis (#63) started 10 games in 2007 at right guard as a true freshman. This season Dennis (6-4, 306lb, So.) has started 3 games at left guard and 2 at left tackle. Wayne Tribue (#69) has 5 starts thus far in his true freshman campaign. Tribue (6-4, 301lb, Fr.) started the second games as well as the last four at left guard. John Palumbo (#77) has taken over at right guard. Palumbo (6-6, 305lb, R-Fr.) saw his first action against Penn State and his first start against Ohio. Owls who have multiple starts this season are Devin Tyler (#73), Jabari Ferguson (#71) and Steve Caputo (#76). Tyler (6-7, 295lb, R-Jr.) started 5 games at left tackle, Ferguson (6-5, 300lb, R-Sr.) and Caputo (6-5, 300lb, Fr.) have started 5 and 2 games at right tackle respectively. The current starting lineup for left to right is Dennis, Tribue, Derenthal, Palumbo, and Douglas.
Junior Galette (#99) has already matched his sack total from last season with 7.5. Galette (6-2, 252lb, Jr.) also has 40 tackles including 10 tackles for loss from his defensive end spot. Brian Sanford (#52) starts at the other end position. Sanford (6-2, 272lb, Jr.) has 25 tackles and 2 sacks. Both tackles provide size and production. Nose tackle Andre Neblett (#98) has 31 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Neblett (6-2, 285lb, Jr.) has 29 career starts, including all 12 in 2007 and all 8 this season. Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (#92) has 37 career starts, with 7 in a row. Knighton (6-4, 291lb, Sr.) also has 31 tackles but only 4.5 tackles for loss. But he has 3 fumble recoveries.
Seven different players have started in the Owls linebacking corps this season, but the three who started the season have seen the most time. Outside linebacker Amara Kamara (#56) is second on the team with 50 tackles. Kamara (6-2, 230lb, So.) started all 12 games last season as a true freshman. Fellow sophomore Elijah Joseph (#58) starts at the other outside position. Joseph (6-2, 235lb, So.) has 31 tackles on the season. He played in 5 games as a freshman, recording 2 tackles. In the middle Alex Joseph (#38) gets his chance to show what he can do. Joseph (6-2, 238lb, Jr.) is fifth on the team with 43 tackles. This spring he received the award for the most improved special teams player.
The secondary is one of the few settled groups on the team. Free safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (#16) leads the team in tackles with 57. Jarrett (6-2, 195lb, So.) played in every game as a freshman with 6 starts. He finished his true freshman campaign with 61 tackles and an interception. Strong safety Dominique Harris (#21) has 40 tackles and 2 interceptions. Harris (6-3, 218lb, R-Jr.) led the Owls in tackles in 2007 with 81. Cornerback Jamal Schulters (#27) is having a spectacular sophomore season. Schulters (5-10, 186lb, So.) is third on the team with 28 tackles and has 2 interceptions. He also leads the team with 5 pass breakups. Schulters started 10 games as a true freshman. Evan Cooper starts at the other corner. Cooper (5-10, 188lb, Sr.) is by far the most experienced member secondary, playing in every game over the last 2 plus seasons, with 17 starts. On the season he has 25 tackles and 3 pass breakups.
Place kicker Jake Brownell (#47) originally attended the Naval Academy, but transferred to Temple during his plebe season. On field goals Brownell (5-10, 185lb, R-Jr.) went 13 of 21 last season and is currently 5 of 9 this season. Jeff Wathne (#49) will continue to handle the punting and kickoff duties, just as he did last season. Wathne (6-2, 195lb, So.) is averaging 41.1 yards per punt and 63.5 yards per kickoff.
The return game has been one of the strong points this season for the Owls. Reserve cornerback Delano Green (#10) handles the punt returns. Green (5-10, 170lb, So.) is averaging 13.1 yards per return. As mentioned before Travis Shelton is one of the best kick returners in temple history. This season he has returned 15 kicks and averages 29.7 yards per return. Starting cornerback Jamal Schulters appears to have taken over as the Owls primary return man. He is averaging 33.9 yards on his 9 returns this season.