Potential Opponent Watch 2019: Temple

Those involved in the interview process are being tight-lipped, but the source said it is down to about three to four candidates. A different source said that Temple had hoped to have the coach in place when the players return to class on Jan. 14, but that timetable might be moved up.

Please let it be Todd Orlando…


The only reason horn have won this year is because of Orlando. Once he’s gone its over.

We don’t play Temple until 2021.

Unless we meet in the Championship game.


Ah, got it. Missed the word “potential”.

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C’mon Temple…your man is Todd Orlando! We need him in the AAC.

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Football scoop says ROD CAREY.


This is not as good as the Geoff Collins hire. They got screwed by Collins and Diaz. However, I don’t think this guy will let Temple descend into the abyss again. They will probably be a bowl eligible team, but leave the East to Cincy and UCF.

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In Boumerhi’s place, redshirt sophomore Will Mobley performed well. Mobley converted 11 of 15 field goals and 54 of 55 PATs. Ten of his 76 kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Boumerhi’s return will present a pleasant problem for Temple special teams coach Ed Foley.

“What a great problem to have is having guys who can put the ball through the pipes,” Foley said. “We will figure that out during summer camp, let those guys go out and compete and I think that will make them both better.”

To his credit, Mobley was able to take advantage of his chance last year.


Both Boumerhi and Bowler began last season as starters at their respective positions.

Bowler will transfer following the commitment of Adam Barry, a junior college punter, to Temple. Barry attended Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas last season before transferring to Temple on April 2.

Boumerhi participated in the Owls’ first two games but missed the rest of the season after suffering a hip injury. Boumerhi had surgery on his hip in order to be ready for this season but decided to leave the program after not participating in spring practice.

“Aaron and I, we had a great talk,” Coach Rod Carey said. “He’s been as good as a Temple football player as I’ve had here in my three months, and from talking to everybody, as there has been here. Unfortunately with his injury last season, so we are going to bring a kicker in here and go recruit some and go from there. It was a mutual decision on both sides.”

Temple Owls

Head coach : Rod Carey (first year)

2018 record and S&P+ ranking : 8-5 (60th)

Projected 2019 record and S&P+ ranking : 7-5 (66th)

Five key points :

1. After Geoff Collins took the Georgia Tech job in December, Temple hired Manny Diaz. And when Diaz left a few weeks later, Temple hired Carey.
2. The former NIU coach built a Temple-style, defense-first program in the MAC, though his offense was awfully stagnant of late.
3. Carey’s a run-heavy guy, but he inherits more pass-friendly personnel, led by QB Anthony Russo and WRs Branden Mack and Randle Jones.
4. The defense has exciting ends and experienced linebackers. A dominant secondary will be getting a pretty hard reset, though.
5. The Owls are projected favorites in their first five games, then underdogs in four of seven. A fast start wouldn’t be the worst thing, though, after a rough coaching carousel.

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Outlook: Carey, 47, led NIU to four MAC Championship Game appearances and two conference titles during six seasons.

The Owls feature a wealth of experience, with 10 senior starters listed on the depth chart for this upcoming season. How those veterans respond to a new coaching staff will help determine how far this team goes in 2019.

2019 Schedule

Aug. 31 Bucknell

Sept. 14 Maryland

Sept. 21 at Buffalo

Sept. 28 Georgia Tech

Oct. 3 at East Carolina

Oct. 12 Memphis

Oct. 19 at SMU

Oct. 26 UCF

Nov. 7 at USF

Nov. 16 Tulane

Nov. 23 at Cincinnati

Nov. 30 UConn