Best Temple Offensive Player
RB David Hood, Sr.
The hope is for Frank Nutile to grow into the consistent passing star the program needs, and a receiver or two should rise up into All-ACC stardom, but the running back combination of Ryquell Armstead and David Hood need to carry the attack.
The speedy 5-9, 190-pound Hood is a nice receiver out of the backfield and led the team with 638 rushing yards with five touchdowns. A bigger factor as the season went on, get him the ball 20 times, and he’ll hit the 100-yard mark.
2. QB Frank Nutile, Sr.
3. RB Ryquell Armstead, Sr.
4. WR Isaiah Wright, Jr.
5. C Matt Hennessy, Soph.
Best Temple Defensive Player
S Delvon Randall, Sr.
A next-level talent, the big-hitting strong safety has 6-1, 215-pound size and pops like an extra linebacker, finishing second on the team with 80 tackles with four picks and a sack in an all-star season.
Coming off a 65-tackle, four pick sophomore campaign, he’s been one of the league’s consistently best all-around defensive backs – he can do it all. With a few more big, flashy plays, he’s got American Athletic Defensive Player of the Year upside.
2. LB Shaun Bradley, Jr.
3. LB Chapelle Russell, Jr.
4. DT Dan Archibong, Soph.
5. LB Sam Franklin, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
OT James McHale, Sr.
Or anyone playing at tackle. The 6-6, 295-pound veteran stepped in and started three games at left tackle over the second half of last seasoning has just enough overall experience to be fine. The interior of the line is set, but the offense needs McHale and the rotation on the outside to be great from the start.
Key Game To The Temple Season
at UCF, Nov. 1
The last two American Athletic Conference champions play what should be the league’s game of the year in Orlando, with the winner likely to determine the East champion.
The Knights rolled at will last season in a 45-19 win, and are 3-2 all-time in the series. With a trip to Houston the week after, and USF to follow, Temple had better win this, or else.
2017 Temple Fun Stats
– Temple 1st Quarter Scoring 42 – Temple 2nd Quarter Scoring 127
– Onside Kicks: Opponents 1-for-5 – Temple 0-for-1
– Sacks: Temple 39 for 243 yards – Opponents 20 for 149 yards