SportsDesk Practice Report: 11/14

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One win away are the Temple Owls from becoming bowl eligible as they head into week 12 and with it brings the Owl’s toughest matchup yet. Temple (5-5,3-3) will take on the 14th ranked UCF Golden Knights (9-0,6-0) at Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday afternoon.

Last Friday night, the Owls went into Cincinnati, Ohio, and took care of business earning their second straight win, and their second straight conference win. Isaiah Wright took home the honor of earning Conference Special Teams Player of the week, due to his 98-yard kick return for a TD. Also earning honors was RB David Hood, who was put on the Conference Honor Roll for his career day of over 100 yards.

QB Frank Nutile will once again get the start, make that his third straight as he tries to go 3-0 to start his career as starting quarterback, amidst Temple’s second-half season turnaround. Since Nutile took over for Logan Marchi, the atmosphere seems much more “juiced” up, as Nutile’s teammates like to call him “Frankie Juice.”

“Frank is a leader. He connects with all the receivers, he gets us together, we talk about things. I like Frank back there, he’s just so confident and poised in the pocket. I believe Frankie’s a good quarterback, so I’m happy he’s leading for us,” WR Adonis

Jennings said.

Jennings, since Nutile has taken over at quarterback, has made 12 catches and racked up 205 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last 3 games. Right behind Jennings is sophomore Isaiah Wright, who, in the last 3 games, has caught 9 passes for 153 yards and completed a pass to Nutile for a 2-point conversion. Keith Kirkwood is not far behind either, in his last 3 games, he’s caught 11 passes for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The passing game isn’t the only thing that has sprung to life over the last 3 games though. RB’s Ryquell Armstead and David Hood have taken a leap as well. Armstead, while still fighting through injuries, was pulled from last Friday’s game against Cincinnati due to injury. It’s still uncertain if he will see the field this coming Saturday. Though in his last 3 games, Armstead has carried the ball 36 times totaling 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. David Hood has carried 38 times totaling 154 yards and 1 touchdown.

Temple has scored over 28 points in each of their last three contests and scored over 34 in their last two. The offensive outburst has lit a fire in the defense as well. Holding Navy’s offense to far below its average, and going into a brisk Cincinnati atmosphere and shutting down their offense as well. Credit Sean Chandler, Shaun Bradley, Delvon Randall, Quincy Roche and many more for outperforming their opponents week after week.

“Any game we play is going to be a big game for us. We’re a great defense, a learning defense. I think we’ve started to play very well. We’re doing some great things on defense and offense that definitely helps,” senior Jacob Martin said.

 

David Hood will wear jersey No. 1 this week after rushing for a career-high last week.

This weeks recipient of the No. 1 jersey is RB David Hood. Last week, Hood rushed for a career-high 108 yards and one touchdown. His all-around work ethic helped him earn this honor.

“It means I’ve put in a lot of work and it’s time to keep stepping up and be a leader on this team. It’s not much of a surprise, every day I strive and I feel like I should be a single-digit. I don’t want it to get my head too big, I’m going to continue to play like I’m still 24,” Hood said.

“It’s what he does in this building, in this program, on a day-to-day basis. His work ethic, his attitude, how he attacks everything he does. He’s just a positive person to be around. The reason he’s wearing the No. 1 is that of how he is every day in this building with his teammates in the locker room and how hard he works,” Head Coach Geoff Collins said.

The Owls will also be celebrating Senior Day this Saturday afternoon. And with one more win, that will give the senior class its 32nd overall victory and earn the title of the winningest class in school history.

They certainly do face a tough test though in one of the highest scoring offenses in the nation. The offense will look to keep pace, and the defense will look to shut them down, in the seniors last game at Lincoln Financial Field.

The game is set to kick off at Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday at noon. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU and you can listen in on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Make sure to check back into the SportsDesk for the game preview later this week.

SportsDesk Preview: Navy vs. Temple

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Temple football is back and fresh off their much needed bye week. Losers of their last two, most recently coming from a crushing OT loss to Army 31-28, the Owls look to bounce back when they take on the Navy Midshipmen this Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Owls (3-5) look to get back on track in conference play, starting 1-3 on the year. They’ve scored just 78 points, which is the worst in the conference, though they gave up only 101 points, which is third best, certainly that is something to lean on heading into the final four games of the regular season.

In their overtime loss to Army, first-time starter at QB Frank Nutile had an impressive day. The QB went 20-29 on passing attempts giving him a career best 290 passing and one touchdown.

RB Ryquell Armstead found his groove for his best game of the season, compiling 151 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. That’s more rushing yards than Armstead’s last 4 games combined, and his best game since his week 3 performance vs. UMass where he rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries.

WR Isaiah Wright also had a very productive day, racking up 150 all-purpose yards. He had 3 catches for 79 yards, to go along with one big touchdown rush of 50 yards. Wright also gained some yards on punt return.

WR Adonis Jennings continued to be productive for the Owls hauling in 4 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. This was Jennings’ best game since he tallied 75 yards week 2 vs. Villanova. He hasn’t caught less than 30 yards in a game this season.

Defensively, the duo of sophomores, Shaun Bradley and Chapelle Russell continued to dominate. Bradley led the way with 11 tackles, and Russell followed with 9 of his own. DE Jacob Martin and CB Artrel Foster combined for the only sack of the day for the Owls.

Senior S Sean Chandler caught his first interception of the season on the last play of the first half. That interception, the eighth of his four-year career at Temple, moved him up into 11th on Temple’s all-time interceptions list.

 

Nutile threw for 290 yards in his first career start against Army

The Temple defense held the Army rushing game to just 248 yards in the game, which is a season low for Army.

For the second week in a row, Frank Nutile will start at QB for the Owls. Logan Marchi will play only in an emergency situation, said Coach Collins in today’s press conference. Although, Anthony Russo has been taking backup snaps behind Nutile for the last two weeks. If Russo were to play, it would be his first time in his career at Temple.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to compete against a great team. I treat it the same way I’ve treated every week so far, same preparation, same process, and attack the week the same way I have been,” said Nutile on getting his second start this season.

This week’s coveted No. 1 jersey will be worn by redshirt freshman DE Dan Archibong. This season, Archibong has 11 total tackles and 2 passes defended. 

“He does an unbelievable job for us. He’s started a lot of games for us. He’s a tough, physical kid, unselfish kid. He’s another kid who I’m not sure has gotten a ‘B’ since he’s been in college,” said Coach Collins. “Kids like Dan who play Division 1 football in one of the toughest conferences in football and still do good in school, should be celebrated and we can do that for Dan.”

For the Navy Midshipmen, they enter Thursday’s primetime matchup at 5-2, 3-2 in conference play. Just like Temple, they come in losers of their last two contests. Navy only needs one more win to become bowl eligible for the sixth straight season.

The Midshipmen will try to become bowl eligible in a stadium in which they’ve never lost. Navy is 12-0 all-time at Lincoln Financial Field, 10-0 against Army and 2-0 against the Owls. The last time Navy entered LFF to play the Owls was in 2014 where they won 31-24.

Temple last played Navy in the 2016 AAC Championship game where Temple knocked off the Midshipmen 34-10. In the contest, Temple was able to shut down Navy’s usually potent triple option, and WR’s Keith Kirkwood and Ventell Bryant combined for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

In doing so, Temple won the conference championship, after falling short the year before to the Houston Cougars 24-13.

Zach Abbey will be making his second appearance against Temple, and his first start against the Owls

Leading the triple option for the Midshipmen is their junior QB Zach Abey. Abey doesn’t throw the ball too much, throwing only 51 times completing just 19 of those throws for a total of 606 yards, 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

Abey doesn’t throw much because he ranks second in the nation in yards per game with 163, leading the Navy rushing attack which is number one in the nation. The QB has carried the ball 208 times, 58 more times then the next 3 leading rushers combined, for a grand total of of 1,208 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns.

 

In Navy’s last game against UCF, Abey left the game early with a head injury after a vicious hit by an opposing linebacker early in the third quarter. Abey remained on the ground for several minutes while the training staff took a look at him. He eventually walked off on his own power, but did not return to the game.

 

Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo expressed confidence that his QB will be healthy and ready to play come Thursday night to take on the Owls.

Helping out Abey with the running game is sophomore Malcolm Perry, who has carried 39 times for 436 yards and 3 touchdowns. Perry is also the team’s second leading receiver with 6 catches for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. Also getting a healthy amount of touches in the backfield is senior RB Chris High. On the season, High has 89 carries for 414 yards and one touchdown.

 

The leading receiver for Navy is senior WR Tyler Carmona who has hauled in 8 of Abey’s 19 completions for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns. Behind Carmona and Perry on the receiving yards list is senior RB Darryl Bonner who has caught 5 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown, also rushing for 139 yards on 22 carries, scoring one touchdown.

There’s no question who the biggest threat is in Navy’s offensive game and it’s their junior starting quarterback. Look for Temple’s defense to perhaps put a spy on him to shut down his running game early and contain his breakout ability.

 

Defensively for the Midshipmen, leading the team in tackles is junior S Sean Williams. Williams on the year, has 54 total tackles, four passed defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Leading the team in interceptions, is senior LB Micah Thomas, with two on the season so far. To go along with the interceptions, Thomas has 42 total tackles, two passes defended and one forced fumble.

Helping out Thomas in the front seven is fellow senior LB D.J. Palmore, who has 41 total tackles, 8 for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Leading the defensive line for Navy is senior DE Tyler Sayles who has 33 total tackles, three for loss.

The series between Temple and Navy is tied 6-6 all-time. The past three seasons, Temple is 4-1 coming off a bye week. And in the last two Novembers, the Owls have compiled a 6-1 record.

The game is set to kick off from Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday night at 8:00PM. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and you can listen in on 610 WTEL.

 

Follow @TU_SportsDesk for all gameday coverage.

 

SportsDesk Practice Notes 10/10

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Homecoming week is here for the Temple Owls (3-3, 1-2), who got back to .500 last week after a much needed victory over the East Carolina Pirates, also giving them their first conference win this season. The win gave head coach Geoff Collins his first conference win and his first road win, both in one game. They’ll take on the Huskies of UConn (1-4, 0-3) this Saturday afternoon at the Linc.

The offense finally broke out in a big way. Two big performances helped the Owls on their way to a victory: QB Logan Marchi threw for 321 yards on 19-31 passes and two TD’s with 1 INT, and junior RB David Hood who totaled 106 yards rushing and one touchdown.

 

“It felt good to finally see the potential of the offense and what we can do. We went out and executed the gameplan well and it’s a great confidence boost going into this week,” Marchi said.

On the defensive side of the football, the Owls smothered the opposing run game only allowing 34 yards on the ground. LB Shaun Bradley recorded nine tackles, two 

for loss. DE Jake Martin had a pair of sacks while S Delvon Randall had 5 tackles and one interception.

 

“I feel like we came in and prepared well, we over prepared honestly. We came in and just kept watching film, practiced hard. Over preparing is a great thing, and I hope we continue to do that every week so we can go 1-0 every week,” Delvon Randall said.

Leading the way in receiving was sophomore Isaiah Wright. He hauled in 9 passes for a total of 91 yards and a touchdown during the contest. Along with a great performance, Wright has earned the right to wear this week’s coveted No. 1 jersey against UConn. Though Coach Collins says it has nothing to do with his production.

“This has nothing to do with production, even though he is highly productive. Everybody recognizes him from the special plays he’s made all year, but it’s what he does, his work ethic everyday at practice,” Collins said. “He’s had a really good season for us, the production he brings is because of the preparation he puts in on a daily basis and a weekly basis. It’s no shock.”

 

Wright is coming off his best game thus far, scoring for the first time since week three when the team bested UMass. On the season, Wright has 21 catches totaling 338 yards, which is best among all receivers on the team. He’s also rushed 8 times for 20 yards.

The Owls look to continue their offensive surge this week against a struggling UConn defense who give up an average of 43.6 points per game this season. In their last game against Memphis, the Huskies defense gave up 431 passing yards and seven touchdowns.

The last time these two squared off was in early November of last season, the Owls took that game by a score of 21-0. Temple looks to keep that winning mentality going against UConn and build another win streak.

Fans will be loud this Saturday afternoon as their celebrate homecoming. Look for them to give the Owls a boost on the field. The game is set to kick off from Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday at noon. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNews and you can listen in on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Make sure to check back in with the SportsDesk later this week for your pregame report.  

Faculty Senate Backs Sanctuary Campus Effort

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Temple University is one of many colleges nationwide that are making a call-to-action to protect undocumented immigrants on campus.

The Temple Senate approved a bill addressed to President Englert on Friday, in which the school’s faculty and students joined forces to petition for a sanctuary campus at Temple University.

One of the faculty members who presented the bill was Director of Communication Studies, Dr. Scott Gratson, who said the petition can be seen as an act of civil disobedience. “I think that creating a bill such as this, I mean a motion such as this, suggests to the university, suggests to the board of trustees, that we’re not going to stand for any government that suggests that our students are not welcome on this campus,” said Gratson.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has proposed legislation to take away state funding from sanctuary campuses, but this has not stopped those in the Temple community who support standing in solidarity with undocumented immigrants.

“I think it also creates a statement that if they’re going to try to come for one of our students, they might as well try to come for all of us,” Gratson said.

Media Studies and Production professor Larisa Mann says she supports the petition because she believes the protection of undocumented immigrants will ultimately promote the enhancement of the Temple community as a whole.

“I think our community is enriched by its diversity and by students from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences,” said Professor Mann.

These diverse experiences that Professor Mann references can potentially hit home for first-generation students such as Nancy El-Haron, who have witnessed undocumented immigration firsthand within their families.

“My parents were immigrants coming into this country, and so if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here getting my education,” El-Haron said.

El-Haron says she is firmly against the deportation of illegal immigrants, stating that she believes they have made many sacrifices in order to live a prosperous life in the United States.

“You shouldn’t take that away, like they’re sacrificing just as much to be in this country to get their education,” said El-Haron.

Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania have both recently declared to be sanctuary campuses in Philadelphia, and with the petition having over 1000 signatures to date, Temple may not be too far behind. Professor Mann says the continued success of the petition makes her hopeful for the future.

“I’m just grateful that people are so supportive of it. I think it bodes well for the next four years which are going to be very uncertain, so I’m excited to be a part of the Temple community and the broader discussions around these issues.”

PA Delegates Talk Unity Over Breakfast

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Speaker after speaker at the Pennsylvania Delegate Breakfast shared at least one common theme — a message of party unity.

Sabrina Nixon, a delegate from Philadelphia, believes the party will be on the same page even more as the convention rolls on. “There’s definitely unity. I think that Bernie and Hillary are going to come together, they’re gonna both show a united front and I think it’s going to be amazing.

Yet, many delegates for Bernie Sanders didn’t hold back, sporting shirts, buttons and hats bearing his name.

Tim Burton was one of those delegates. He said he’s upset Bernie will not be the party’s nominee, yet hopeful, after seeing the party’s revised platform. “Whatever Bernie Sanders accomplished…his impact is on the party and the future of the party,” said Burton.

Among key speakers at the event were Governor Tom Wolf — also urging delegates to unify.

“We need to come together…unify in supporting Hillary Clinton, so that we can win in November and set this country on the right course,” he said.

While the cry for democrats to unify inside the breakfast rang loud, Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey talked about Clinton’s extensive experience in foreign policy.

“She’s serious which means you don’t just go in with bluster like the republican nominee and yell and scream and tell people about what you’re going to do to people. That’s not how you make it safe.” He too, said he recognized the importance of candidates staying together.

“Bernie’s already demonstrated he’s not only ready to work for Hillary, he’s already started.”

 

 

 

 

 

Bursar’s Office Sponsors “Owl About The Money”

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Reporter Ashley McLean talked to students after an Owl About the Money event on April 5th in the SAC of Temple University.

The Bursar’s office put together this event to give students helpful tips on how to be financially responsible.

Speakers Doug Schantz, Elizabeth Anselmo, and Tina Knight conducted creative discussions on how to manage your money.

Elizabeth and Tina stressed that you need to take in account everything your spending monthly including food, bills, and entertainment in order to calculate your total cost of living.

When you keep track of your total cost of living you can keep all you finances in order relieving yourself from any financial burdens.

Doug took a different approach by having the students play a game called “The walking debt.”

Separated into teams, the students got to make decisions throughout each level that would contribute to their financial standing. This gave students a first hand take on how every decision they make in real life affects their student debt.

The University hopes this event gave students the tools to provoke better decision making with their finances that will help their student debt for the future.

 

SMC Career Center Hosts Second Annual Career Fair

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On March 30th the School of Media and Communication’s Career Center hosted its second annual Internship and Career Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as a way to match employers in the media and communication field to Temple students who are studying in those areas. The event was held in Mitten Hall and hosted over sixty employers ranging from advertising agencies to public relations firms to television and radio stations.

 

The School of Media and Communication’s Director of Career Services, Lu Ann Cahn, has been planning this year’s Internship and Career Fair since the conclusion of last year’s fair.

 

“In a way I would say that it [planning the fair] has been pretty hardcore for the past few months,” said Cahn, “But we really started opening registration at the end of January and immediately students started registering.”

 

Dean David Boardman was in attendance and stressed the benefits of having a career fair that was exclusive to students in the School of Media and Communication.

 

“The employers [at the fair] know that we will not be wasting their time and the students know that these are employers have jobs and internships that won’t be wasting their time,” said Boardman, “This is a phenomenal opportunity for everybody.”

 

One of the biggest changes to the Internship and Career Fair this year is that students must have an approved résumé through SMConnect, which is SMC’s exclusive database that directly connects students and employers in the media and communication industry. In order to have a résumé approved in SMConnect, students submitted a copy of their résumé online to the career services team to have it checked. Once the student’s résumé was approved they were eligible to register for the fair.

 

“The reason that we did that [required an approved résumé for the fair] was because we heard from employers and they said ‘Listen, your students are wonderful and we can tell that they want to work hard but some of these résumés just don’t look right,’” said Cahn, “So we knew we had to work on that.”

 

Among the employers at the fair were several SMC alumni who were looking for fresh Temple talent. Rob Czyzewicz, who co-founded 20/20 Visual Media with his friend and fellow alumni Patrick Rosenbaum, was drawn to the fair after hearing about it from Cahn because he recognizes the abilities of Temple students.

 

“We’re primarily here [at the fair] looking for interns but we also want to grow our network of freelancers,” said Czyzewicz, “We’re a small company…there are a lot of times when we need more shooters so we rely on the work of Temple students to be able to supplement what we’re doing – we always walk away impressed with the work of Temple students.”

 

Junior Journalism major Juli Johnson heard about the fair from an SMConnect e-mail blast and was drawn to the opportunity to meet with employers one-on-one.

 

“You get to connect with people that you probably wouldn’t be able to connect with in a normal setting,” said Johnson, “This is a really unique setting to get to meet professionals in the industry.”

 

Although some students requested that the Internship and Career Fair occur each semester, Cahn says that she has toyed with the idea of creating a smaller event for the upcoming fall semester that would focus on connecting students with internships.

 

“This is such a big event that it really does take all year to put together,” said Cahn, “But I do believe that I could put together a fall event because some employers are asking for it.

Women’s Basketball Notches A Win Over Fordham To Go Back Over .500!

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BRONX BOROUGH — After a blowout win against Sacred Heart, Temple seemed to get their swagger back heading into the next game against the Fordham Rams. Fordham entered this game 3-5 coming in from a losing effort. Temple definitely showed why they won so dominantly last game with a strong performance this time out as well. The offense was a big part of the win, but the defense is the real reason why they were able to come away with the win. In the first two quarters, Fordham wasn’t able to score double digit points for either. The second half collapse that they were able to avoid started to come back in the fourth quarter again, but Temple had built up such a strong lead, that they were able to avoid losing because of that. They also did what they had to do towards the end of the quarter to pack on enough points keep Fordham away. Donnaizha had a team-high 14 points and team-high seven rebounds, while Alliya Butts added 13 points and Feyonda Fitzgerald added 10 points and four steals. They’re back on track after two double digit wins it looks like.

In the first quarter, the game stayed close until Temple went on a 10-0 run with about four minutes left. At that point, Temple displayed it’s offensive dominance by leading 21-8 at the end of the quarter. The game was already better for top scorer Feyonda Fitzgerald, as she had as many points in the first quarter as she had all game last time out.

The second quarter was much closer, and neither team really got out to an edge. There was excellent defense being played on both sides as neither team got into double digits for the quarter, and there were no big runs allowed by either team. Temple narrowly outscored Fordham 9-6, leading the halftime score to be 30-14.

In the third quarter, both teams displayed their offensive ability a bit more as they were both able to eclipse double digits this time around. Temple, however, still got the upper hand by outscoring Fordham 18-14 in the quarter. There still was no huge run as both teams practically scored right after the other scored.

The fourth quarter is where it almost went all wrong for Temple, though. Fordham went on an 11-2 run, leaving them behind by only 11 points with still about three and a half minutes left in the quarter. With about a minute and a half left in the game, Temple started scoring again, and scored seven of their nine points in the quarter in the last minute and a half left of the game. Those baskets and free-throws sealed the deal on what could have been another comeback loss, due to another bad fourth quarter,

Temple Women’s Soccer Upends SMU, 3-2

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On Sunday, the Owls will celebrate Senior Day. This weekend including not only the last two games of the regular season, but with a high chance of these last two games being the last at the Ambler Soccer Complex, as both the men’s and women’s programs look to move to a new sports complex in the works at the intersection of Broad Street and Jefferson Street. This senior class will be the last to have played all four years of soccer at Ambler, and they know that this weekend, as the Women’s Soccer team hangs by a thread to make the bracket of eight for the conference tournament, it is their time to shine.

All of Temple’s scoring offense was conducted by the senior class. The first goal for the Owls was brought to the back of the net by TUTV’s own Shannon Senour in the 38th minute, who put the header in directed from the foot of Paula Jurewicz. SMU was able to hold the Owl’s off with a 2-1 lead, but the officials were not liking the Mustangs’ gameplay. Two penalty kick goals in the final four minutes, one of them with 30 seconds to go, were off the foot of Erin Lafferty, who had her third 2-goal game of the season. The win vs. SMU also marks Lafferty’s 77th game played, which ties a program record. With senior day on Sunday, she will be on the horizon to become the new record holder.

The 3-2 victory advance the Owls to 11-6-1, and 6th place in the conference with a 3-4-1 AAC record (top eight teams qualify for AAC tournament, November 3rd-8th in Dallas, TX). Seamus O’Connor became the first head coach in program history to lead the team to back-to-back 11-win seasons. The Owls continue to keep their conference tournament hopes alive as they host the dead-last Houston Cougars this Sunday. Game time is set for 1:00pm and will be broadcasted starting at 12:45pm on owlsports.com