Preview 2018: Temple Owls. Not The Old Temple Anymore

Preview 2018: Temple Owls. Not The Old Temple Anymore

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Preview 2018: Temple Owls. Not The Old Temple Anymore


What You Need To Know About The Temple Offense

– It was a grind, and it wasn’t pretty, but the offense was able to move the ball just enough. Offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude had to come up with a bit of a rebuild and redo after the Owl offense cranked up a big 2016, and now the production should start coming.

Scoring points was like pulling teeth at times, and the O only managed more than 35 points once, but when combined with the overall scheme of the gameplan, it was effective over the second half of the season.

– Frank Nutile isn’t a special quarterback, but he came on late in the season and the offense started to move. He’s a tough veteran with all of the intangibles, and he’s just accurate enough and good enough to throw for over 200 yards a game.

He’s got the receivers to work with, too, even though top targets Adonis Jennings and Keith Kirkwood are gone. Isaiah Wright wasn’t quite as explosive, but he led the team in catches. With more than enough proven producers returning, the passing game will be fine with Nutile at the helm.

– The offensive line might be a bit of an issue early on. It was strong in pass protection, but it didn’t do enough for the ground game. With three starters gone including both tackles, this will be a focus in fall camp.

The running backs are there, with a healthy Ryquell Armstead and David Hood forming a dangerous 1-2 punch. Helped by FB Rob Ritrovato to help the cause at times, the ground game will be fine if the front five does its job.

Biggest Key To The Temple Offense

The running game has to be just effective enough. The offense started to spark up once Nutile and the passing attack started to get going, but the rushing attack was also more productive. It didn’t run for a ton of yards, but it finally started to come up with more yards per carry.

Nutile isn’t a runner, but he was more mobile than Logan Marchi – that was a help. The Owls failed to average more than four yards per carry over the first six games, and did that   five times over the second half.

Temple will never be Wisconsin on the ground, but there’s no reason to not average 4.5 yards per carry.

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