With training camp starting on Monday July 31, Temple football and first year head coach Geoff Collins are set to defend their 2016 conference title with a revamped unit in 2017. Released last week were the AAC media poll rankings, and the league has Temple falling two spots in the Eastern conference behind UCF (2nd) and USF (1st).
The media hesitation with the Owls largely lies in the mystery at Quarterback. Not to mention a new offensive coordinator in Dave Patenaude, who actually is no stranger to an open QB battle. Last year, he trotted out five signal callers in Coastal Carolina’s impressive 10-2 season. Training camp will likely show more of the type of offense Patenaude will be running, and that will narrow the “two horse race” for Temple at QB in Logan Marchi and Anthony Russo. The returning leaders on last year’s AAC Championship
team will undoubtedly have winning on their minds, and starting September 2nd in South Bend, IN, they’ll have the chance to make it happen.
With that being said, myself along with SportsDesk writers/reporters Larry O’Connor and Adam Miller will be compiling a top-5 list in regards to each player’s impact on the team this season. Ryquell Armstead and Sean “Champ” Chandler are of course returning producers, but with three spots open it will be a tough race to the finish.
Disclaimer: expect a lofty “honorable mention” section.
Starting this Wednesday August 2nd, we will count down from 5 in counting the predicted most impactful Owls in the 2017 season. The fifth report, ranking the SportsDesk’s most impactful player of 2017 will be released August 30, just three days before kickoff against Notre Dame.
Make sure to follow @TU_SportsDesk for additional football insight before gameday including a deeper look at the quarterback battle, projected depth chart overview, a season schedule outlook and more.