Tight end Romond Deloatch has been a playmaker on both sides of the football for the Owls this season. Last week against SMU, Deloatch narrowly missed scoring touchdowns on both offense, and defense, after he was ruled down at the one yard line following a 34 yard reception.
The redshirt-senior is just two yards short of posting a career high in receiving yards heading into week six. On the season, Deloatch has seven receptions for 167 yards;an average of 23.9 yards per reception.
Defensively, Deloatch scored on an eight yard fumble return for a touchdown while lining up at defensive end. Against Charlotte, Deloatch sacked quarterback Kevin Olsen on the final play before halftime. He also caught three passes for 40 yards on the day.
His success on defense stems from from his sophomore season. In training camp, Deloatch was moved to defensive end as a “punishment,” and proceeded to register seven sacks on the day.
For his career, Deloatch has 48 receptions for 568 yards, and six touchdowns, in 42 games played. His career long reception of 67, came this season against Penn State.
As a junior, Deloatch started the most games of his career, appearing in all of the team’s 14 games. He caught his first career touchdown pass in 2014 against Navy. He saw significant action as a true freshman, and led the Owls with four receptions for 42 yards in his first career start against Cincinnati.
A three star recruit out of high school, Deloatch received offers from American Athletic teams Cincinnati, and East Carolina, before choosing Temple.
A native of Hampton Virginia, Deloatch helped lead Phoebus High School to four straight division five state championships. He scored two touchdowns in the state championship his senior year, and had 125 yards receiving and a touchdown in the state championship game his junior year.
Deloatch will look to continue his strong season against a Memphis defense that is allowing 18.8 points per game, and only 225 pass yards per game. Quarterback Phillip Walker will look to Deloatch to be a reliable receiver in a tough road game at Memphis Thursday night.