5 Lessons Learned From Temple Football Spring Game

Temple Football: Lessons From Cherry and White Game

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When Temple football coach Matt Rhule went on the school’s television station to preview Saturday’s spring game, one of the questions was who might be a surprise breakout player this season. Without pausing, Rhule said, "Khalif Herbin." The slot receiver awarded his coach by being the star of the spring game. There were, though, other signs for optimism afterward.

5. The Pass Rush Will Be Improved

Haason Reddick, Temple,
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5. The Pass Rush Will Be Improved

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Each team had a pair of sacks, as Abington (Pa.) product defensive end Julian Taylor had one for the Cherry squad and Stephan Marshall had a sack for a safety that sealed the game for the White squad. Also getting a sack for the White squad was Haason Reddick (pictured).

4. P.J. Walker Makes Any OC Look Better

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4. P.J. Walker Makes Any OC Look Better

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Walker did not have a great stat line for the Cherry squad (15 for 31 for 172 yards and two interceptions), but without Walker in 2013, the Owls could muster only 24 points against one of the worst FBS teams, Idaho. With him, they scored 36 against one of the best FBS teams, Central Florida. Backup Connor Reilly had the better game, leading the White (15-27, 1 TD, 1 INT).

3. Jamie Gilmore Has Edge at Tailback

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3. Jamie Gilmore Has Edge at Tailback

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Heralded one-time SEC recruit Jabo Lee was held out of contact this spring while he rehabs from an injury, opening the door wide open for Jamie Gilmore and Zaire Williams. Gilmore, who coming out of high school was ranked the No. 7 all-purpose back in the nation, used the opportunity to burst through the door in the spring game with six carries for 85 yards and a 65-yard touchdown.

2. Khalif Herbin Is Ready to Fly

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2. Khalif Herbin Is Ready to Fly

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Noel Devine of West Virginia was a special player. Herbin is Noel Devine 2.0 and might eventually turn out to be an better version. For the second-straight year, Herbin was the star of the spring game, catching five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown and averaging eight yards on his two carries from scrimmage. While Walker was the New Jersey Player of the Year in 2012, Herbin was the New Jersey Player of the year in 2011 and is showing why.

1. Nobody Catches the Ball Like Robby Anderson

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Robby Anderson, Temple

1. Nobody Catches the Ball Like Robby Anderson

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Anderson, the phenom who caught nine touchdown passes in his last five games as an Owl, will be missed after flunking out of school in January. Of the receivers getting a chance to take his place, no one showed the length, speed, hands and explosiveness of Anderson. The Owls will have to get that from at least one of four heralded incoming freshmen in the summer.

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