Temple Preview 2006 - Offense
Preview 2006 - Temple Owl Offense
What you need to know ... It
can't be any worse. While it won't be a true spread offense,
it'll be close if it finds a trigger man who's not only
accurate, but can also move. There are three prospects pushing
for the starting job after Joe DeSanzo, the only one with any
appreciable experience, left. The attack will score more than the
pitiful 9.73 points per game it came up with last year thanks to
the return of several key players like RB Tim Brown, WR Mike
Holley and OG Tariq Sanders after missing all of last season. This
will be a transition year learning the ropes so all the young
talent will be experienced for 2007.
Passing: Colin Clancy
10-19, 121 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Josh Bundy
16 carries, 39 yds, 3 TD
Receiving: Jamel Harris
20 catches, 241 yds
Star of the offense: Senior RB Tim Brown
Player that has to step up and become a star: Sophomore
QB Colin Clancy, Shane Kelly, and/or redshirt
freshman Jarrett Dunston
Unsung star on the rise: Freshman RB Jason Harper
Best pro prospect: Senior OT Elliot Seifert
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Seifert, 2) WR
Bruce Francis, 3) OG Tariq Sanders
Strength of the offense: Wide receiver
Weakness of the offense:
Four quarterbacks will battle it out for the right to run
George DeLeone's offense. There's no Donovan McNabb, DeLeone's
most famous pupil, but there are several interesting young
options to choose from.Colin Clancy is small, but the most
accurate passer, Shane Kelly is the biggest option with decent
mobility, and Jarrett Dunston has the best skills, but is too
young with no practice experience. It'll be a work in progress.
The key to the unit: Someone has to emerge as a
consistent, accurate passer keeping interceptions to a minimum.
Completing 55% of the passes will be a big upgrade.
Quarterback Rating: 4
- Colin Clancy, Soph. - 10-19, 121 yds, 53%, 1 TD
Clancy turned into the team's number three quarterback seeing
time in five games with his best performance against Toledo
completing six of nine passes. He's the smallest of the four
quarterbacks in the rotation and has little mobility.
- Shane Kelly. Soph. - 2-6, 18 yds, 33%
The 6-4 Kelly is the biggest of the four quarterback options
with one of the liveliest arms. He saw a little bit of time as a
freshman thrown to the wolves in a blowout loss to Wisconsin.
- Jarrett Dunston, Fr.
Dunston is the most talented quarterback on the roster with good
size and solid all-around skills, but the early enrollee needs
time. He's mobile and has a great arm with the potential to be a
perfect fit for what offensive coordinator George DeLeone wants
Leading rusher Umar Ferguson is gone along with number two
man Michael Billops, but the situation might turn out to be
better with the return of Tim Brown after missing last year due
to academic issues. Jason Harper is a great recruit who'll see
plenty of time right away as a true freshman. Josh Bundy and
Mike Neal are big backs who should create a good fullback
The key to the unit: Using the various options to
come up with an effective rotation. The tailback speed and
quickness has to combine with the power of the fullbacks to gain
far more than the 902 yards the backs came up with last season.
Running Back Rating: 4.5
- Tim Brown, Sr.
Brown is a small, quick back who returns after being the team's
top starter in 2004 rushing for 432 yards and two touchdowns. He
missed all of last season with academic issues and is now ready
to roll. He's a great receiver who'll add a much needed punch to
the ground game that finished 115th in the nation in rushing.
- Fullback Josh Bundy, Jr. - 16 carries, 39 yds, 3.4 ypc,
3 TD, 3 catches, 22 yds
The starting fullback over the second half of last season will
be a power back in the attack as well as a strong lead blocker.
He's 240 pounds who'll also be a key player on special teams.
He's the team's most physical back.
- Jason Harper, Fr.
One of the team's top recruits, the 195-pound true freshman will
see plenty of carries keeping Tim Brown fresh. He scored 11
touchdowns for Fork Union Military Academy last season after
wishing for 2,995 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior in high
- Fullback Mike Neal, Jr. - 8 carries, 33 yds, 4.1 ypc, 1
catch, 17 yds
The 210-pound junior can play either fullback or tailback. He'll
mostly be used as a big runner and let Josh Bundy do most of the
heavy blocking work. He started to become a key reserve early
last year before getting knocked out with a leg injury.
This should be the team's strength with several quick
options to spread the ball around to. The first step is finding
someone who can stretch the defense, and there are plenty of
options with Bruce Francis, Jamel Harris and Maurice Clark, the
team's biggest receiver, on the outside. Former quarterback
Michael Holley is back after being out of action the last two
years, and Travis Shelton is a dangerous target with the best
wheels on the team. The tight end situation is thin with only
two scholarship players to work with.
The key to the unit: Establish a number one target
and a few field stretchers.
Receiver Rating: 4.5
- Bruce Francis, Soph. - 14 catches, 133 yds, 9.5 ypc
Francis took over the starting job over the second half of
last season and should hold on to the job at the outside X
position to start the season. He's a speedy target who wasn't
used enough on deep plays with his longest catch only 18 yards.
- Domerio Hamilton, Sr. - 6 catches, 90 yds, 15 ypc, 1 TD
The JUCO transfer showed a few flashes of what he can do after
catching 41 passes and scoring seven touchdowns in nine games at
Dodge City CC in Kansas. He has the potential to be a strong
inside receiver with the speed to tear off big yards after the
- Tight end Ben Hendy, Soph. - 2 catches, 26 yds, 13 ypc
The 235-pound sophomore started half of his true freshman season
but only made two catches. He'll be more than just a blocker
this season turning into a key target in the spread attack.
- Jamel Harris, Sr. - 20 catches, 241 yds, 12.1 ypc
Harris has the most experience in the receiving corps and is one
of the few returning starters to the offense after finishing
third on the team in receiving. However, he's hardly a lock to
hold down the starting spot getting pushed hard for time at the
X. He moved from an inside position to an outside spot; he has
too much speed not to make more big plays at the X.
- Travis Shelton, Soph.
Potentially the best receiver in the bunch, Shelton is the
team's fastest player pushing for time at the inside Z position.
He showed signs of doing big things as a true freshman catching
four passes for 77 yards and then sat out last year to work on
- Mike Holley, Sr.
Holley started off his career as the starting quarterback, but
he hasn't played since 2003 when he moved to cornerback and made
57 tackles. He redshirted in 2004 and sat out last year. He'll
push for time on the inside Z position.
- Bill McGrath, RFr.
McGrath is a good-looking young player and a big target at 6-5
and 245 pounds. He'll be pushed hard for time by incoming
recruits, but he has the skills to be a strong second tight end
as the season rolls on.
Offensive LinemenExpect a big change in attitude with offensive line coach
Bob Bicknell looking for fire and passion. It'll be a physical group
with three defensive tackles moving over to provide the depth. The
return of top guard Tariq Sanders from an injury will be a big
boost, while center Alex Derenthal is a rising star at center. Tackles
Elliot Seifert and Jabari Ferguson might be the key to the Owl season.
The key to the unit: The run blocking has to be far
better. The pass protection will come in time, but the big front five
has to establish the running game right off the bat.
Offensive Line Rating: 4.5
- OT Jabari Ferguson, Soph.
Ferguson saw plenty of work as a reserve and now is the team's most
vital lineman. The 290-pound sophomore is a good athlete and should
become a consistent pass protector on the left side.
- OG Tariq Sanders, Sr.
Pencil him in a starting spot. The 6-6, 310-pound senior was one of
the team's better guards in 2004 and returns after missing all of last
year with a leg problem. When he's 100% he'll push for the job at left
- C Alex Derenthal, Soph.
One of the few returning starters to the offense, the 280-pound
sophomore has to grow into the role as the leader up front. He was the
team's best lineman last season starting every game and showing great
toughness. He was one of the few consistent players.
Neil Dickson, Sr. - 12 tackles
A reserve nose tackle last year with one start, the 280-pound former JUCO
transfer will move back to guard getting the start on the right side. He's not the biggest player up front, but he should be
an active run blocker.
- OT Elliot Seifert, Sr.
The 6-7, 300-pound senior has been a starter for the last two years only
missing one game last season due to an ankle problem. He's huge,
athletic, and smart earning All-Academic honors when Temple was part of
the Big East.
- C/OG Evan Marguilies, Jr.
One of the team's most versatile blockers, the 315-pound junior can
either play center or right guard. The former Kansas State Wildcat will
eventually see plenty of playing time and should be a key reserve early
- OG Sean Satchell, Soph.
Of all the defensive linemen moving over to the offensive side, the
315-pound sophomore has the best chance of starting. He'll push for time
at both guard spots starting out behind Neil Dickson on the right side.
- OT Brison Manor, Soph.
Manor moves over from the defensive line to be one of the line's most
athletic tackles. He's not the prospect Jabari Ferguson is on the left
side, but he'll be an important reserve.
- OG Dwavon Battle, Soph.
Battle was a defensive tackle last season with good size
and the toughness the coaching staff is looking for. He'll battle with
Sean Satchell for the the job behind Neil Dickson on the right side.