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Today at No. 57:
2011 record: 9-4 (5-3 inMid-American Conference, second in
Look back: Steve Addazio took over as Temple’s new coach in 2011 and continued previous coach Al Golden’s work resurrecting the long suffering
The Owls opened the season with a 42-7 win over FCS rival
Temple earned an invitation to play
Temple scored its biggest win after the season ended. The Owls earned a coveted invitation to rejoin the
Offensive starters lost/returning: 7/4
Defensive starters lost/returning: 6/5
Key losses: OL Pat Boyle, RB Bernard Pierce, DL Adrian Robinson, LB Tahir Whitehead, OL Wayne Tribue, DL Morkeith Brown, DB Kevin Kroboth, QB Chester Stewart.
Top returnees: RB/PR Matt Brown, QB Chris Coyer, DL
Strengths: Coyer emerged as a strong leader of the offense and will look to build on his New Mexico Bowl MVP performance. Addazio has installed a run-heavy offense, but he Coyer should help him add more elements of the spread attack that will challenge opposing defenses. The team ranked No. 7 nationally in rushing offense last season with 256.54 yards per game. Reserve running back Matt Brown will get the opportunity to step into the starting lineup and carry a heavier rushing load. The defensive backs represent Temple's strongest returning defensive position group. Safety Justin Gildea leads a strong and experienced secondary unit.
Weaknesses: Temple lost seven offensive starters and six defensive starters, including some key All-MAC performers who helped lead the program's resurgence. It will be especially challenging to replace the power and experience on the offensive and defensive lines. Temple also relied heavily on starting running back Bernard Pierce, a three-time first team All-MAC honoree who ranked No. 6 nationally in rushing yards per game last season (123.42 yards per game).
Outlook: Temple posted three consecutive winning seasons from 2009-11 for the first time since the 1934, 1935 and 1936 seasons. The team will have to make a challenging transition to the Big East, but Addazio has more athletes in place capable of running his system and the Owls should be competitive.
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