Temple Owls College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– The defense had issues. The offense didn’t help the cause, but the D couldn’t get off the field easily enough allowing 37 points and 433 yards per game. There’s an interesting mix of talent returning, but it’s going to take a whole lot of work to crank up the production because …
– The defensive front is undergoing an overhaul. Manny Walker was one of the team’s better pass rushers with seven sacks, but top sack guy Arnold Ebiketie is gone to Penn State. The line loses defensive tackles Ifeanyi Maijeh (Rutgers), Khris Banks (Boston College) and Daniel Armstrong (graduated), too.
300-pound senior Kevin Robertson is back on the inside after serving in a backup role, and the line is getting help from the transfer portal with DE Will Rodgers (Washington State) and DT Lancine Turay (North Carolina) about to push for jobs.
– The linebacking corps is fine with the top guys back. Leading tackler William Kwenkeu is back in the middle after making 49 stops, and there’s size, athleticism, and options on the outside.
The secondary managed two or the team’s three picks, and it’s going to take a bit to get the corners up to speed. Linwood Crump and Christian Braswell are gone to Colorado State and Rutgers, respectively, but Northwestern’s Cameron Ruiz and UConn’s Keyshawn Paul are coming in to be a factor. Safeties Amir Tyler and Jalen Ware are veterans who can hit.