Temple Owls 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 10-4
Temple Owls 2016 Preview
The Temple Owls won ten games in 2015 and have the opportunity to continue that level of success in 2016.
Overview: Head coach Matt Rhule has a few stars to lean on offensively but the defensive side of the football has a few voids to fill as the Owls try to establish a winning tradition.
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Offense: Quarterback PJ Walker gave the Owls nearly 3,000 passing yards but only connected on less then 57% with Ventell Bryant, Romond Deloatch, Jahad Thomas and Adonis Jennings becoming the top targets. Walker will take off and run on occasion but Jahad Tomas was the top Temple top option on the ground with over 1,200 yards nut he has to improve upon his 4.6 average. Which means cutting back on plays that produced negative yardage. The Owls lose a pair of all conference linemen but All AAC center is back along with three others back with 39 career starts.
Defense: Temple allowed 20 points per game in 2015 but lose a few key players that were major contributors. Beginning with the defensive line that loses three of their top four the Owls get ends Haason Reddick and Praise Martin-Qguike back with their combined 21.5 TFL including nine sacks while the three departing players logged 25.5 sacks. Jarred Alwan and Avery Williams combined for 13 TFL at Linebacker but the Owls lose a gem in leading tackler Tyler Matakevich with his 107.5 tackles,15 TFL and five interceptions being irreplaceable. The Temple secondary returns several three star athletes on the roster with Sean Chandler leading the way returning players with four picks and ten passes broken up.
Special Teams: Punter Alex Starzyk averaged over 42 yards per boot and placekicker Austin Jones was 20-25 on field goals. Jager Gardner and Sean Chandler are back to lead the Temple return game.
Outlook: I think Temple heading to the postseason is a no brainer and they could win their division in the AAC but I’d like to see how much the lost personnel effect them before I make any real claims.
9/10 Stony Brook
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10/6 @ Memphis
10/15 @ Central Florida
10/21 South Florida
11/4 @ Connecticut
11/19 @ Tulane
11/26 East Carolina