Temple Football: 5 Things to Watch At Spring Game

5 Things to Watch at Temple Spring Game

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For Temple football, the spring game will have a different feel this year because it will be held at a high school while the on-campus field is being resurfaced. There will be no alcohol at the spring game this year due to a township rule, making TU and BYU perhaps the only spring games in the USA without adult beverages. Here are five more things to watch.

5. The New DBs

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5. The New DBs

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In Cequan Jefferson, Temple recruited the No. 10-ranked Prep player in the country at his position of CB. All-American safeties Shahid Lovett (19) and Alex Wells (21) will also get a chance to show their ball skills.

4. New Punter

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4. New Punter

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According to the official team roster, Colby Perry (99) is listed as the team’s only punter -- but no worries. A big-time recruit comes in this fall, and quarterback P.J. Walker (11) was an outstanding punter for Elizabeth (N.J.) High School in 2012 when he was named New Jersey High School Player of the Year. Using Walker would be a rare stroke of genius for Temple head coach Matt Rhule in that it would give him more options for trick plays.

3. LB Haason Reddick Switches to DE

Haason Reddick, Temple
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3. LB Haason Reddick Switches to DE

Haason Reddick, Temple
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Reddick (33) made a lot of plays at LB in the second half of the season. At 6-foot-1, 215-pounds he might be a little undersized at his new position of DE, but he does have a knack for rushing the passer and the urgency to improve that aspect of the game trumps any size considerations.

2. WR Nathan Hairston Switches to CB

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2. WR Nathan Hairston Switches to CB

Nathan Hairston, Temple
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Hairston (15) might be second-fastest player on the team, and the Owls decided they could use that kind of speed on the defensive side of the ball. How he performs against the fastest guy, slot receiver Khalif Herbin (27), will be something to watch.

1. Gridlock at Tailback

Zaire Williams, Temple
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1. Gridlock at Tailback

Zaire Williams, Temple
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Temple could be known as Tailback U because it has produced a succession of great running backs since Heisman Trophy runner-up Paul Palmer in 1986. Still, the next great running back could be playing this Saturday as all eyes are on former Tennessee recruit Jabo Lee (36) along with incumbents Zaire Williams (23) and Kenny Harper (20).

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