2004 Record: 2-9
Head Coach: Bobby Wallace
For the third consecutive year, the Arizona State Sun Devils open up their
season campaign in the friendly confines of Sun Devil Stadium. The Temple Owls,
the newest member of the Mid-American Conference, will attempt to give the Devils all
they can handle this Thursday.
WR Michael Loveland
WR Brian Allbrooks
LT John Gross
LG Leigh Denman
C Alex Derenthal
RG Stephen Bell
RT Elliot Seifert
TE Leyon Azubuike
QB Mike McGann
RB Umar Ferguson
WR Jamel Harris
The strength of the Owls' offense lies in the backfield with Senior running
backs Tim Brown and Umar Ferguson. Brown started ten games last year, accruing 432
yards and two touchdowns on 108 carries. Umar Ferguson played in all 11 games
and put up nearly identical numbers with his 493 yards and two scores on 104
carries. As of Monday, Brown was ruled academically ineligible. Head Coach Bobby
Wallace plans on establishing a better ground game this season using multiple
The Temple receiving corps is relatively short on experience coming into the
2005 season. With 20 games played, Jamel Harris is the team's most experienced
wideout. The Junior enters this year with 17 catches for 217 yards in 2004 and
will be moving outside from the slot this season. Brian Allbrooks, starting
slot receiver, finished last season with 20 catches for 220 yards in his first
year with the Owls. Mike Holley was slated to round out the group but was ruled
ineligible for a second straight season. That opens the door up for Michael
Loveland, a junior with two starts under his belt. At tight end, Redshirt
Freshman Leyon Azubuike will make his first career start as an Owl. Senior Anthony Martinez is also in the mix after returning from a knee injury that forced him
to miss all of last season.
Mike McGann will be calling the plays under center for the Owls. The Senior
has played in 29 games, with 26 of those as the starter. McGann returns in the
starting role this season after redshirting in 2004. The QB is
looking to build on his ranking as Temple's number three all-time career
passer in yards with 4,498 under his belt.
DE Mike Mendenhall
DT Antwon Burton
DT Adam Fichter
DE Rodney Wormley
LB Ryan Gore
LB Manuel Tapia
S Justin Johnson
CB Jermaine Hargraves
FS Ray Lamb
S Willie Hardemon
CB Delonne Wilbourn
With the secondary in the Owls' 4-2-5 scheme in flux, the defensive line will
undoubtedly be counted on to anchor this side of the ball. Defensive
Coordinator Raymond Monica likes the front four, as it will feature four experienced
seniors. End Mike Mendenhall finished last season with 41 tackles and 3.5
sacks. At the other end spot is Rodney Wormley, who brings in a 25 tackle and one
sack performance in 2004. The depth behind both starters is shaky with Senior
JC Braker out due to academics. Adam Fichter anchors one spot on the interior
after making 30 stops, one sack and two forced fumbles as a junior. The nose tackle position will see the return of Antwon Burton, who Wallace feels is an All-American
candidate, after missing all of last season. Randy Johnson, a senior, saw action
in all 11 games in 2004 and is also scheduled to see time on the interior.
It will be up to senior Manuel Tapia and junior Ryan Gore to replace a pair
of three-year starters at linebacker. Both have combined for two starts and 26
tackles in 2004 but have logged playing time in over 20 contests a piece. Christian
Dunbar, a former starter at tight end, switched to linebacker in the spring and
will provide depth at the position.
The outside safety positions will be manned by senior Justin Johnson and
sophomore Willie Hardemon. Johnson is in his third year in the program after
transferring from a JC. The Owls are hoping that redshirt year will pay off this
season. Bobby Fulmore was penciled in as the other starter at safety but is yet
another academic casualty for the Owls in 2005. Hardemon played as a true freshman
last season and compiled 5 tackles. Senior Andrew Smith and sophomore Matt Powell complete the depth chart here.
At free safety, Ray Lamb is the anchor of the Owl secondary after a limited
comeback from an ACL injury in the spring of 2004. The two corner positions
will feature a pair of seniors, Jermaine Hargraves and Delonne Wilbourn.
Hargraves is coming off a productive 2004 season, finishing with 23 tackles, 2 sacks,
and 2 interceptions. Wilbourn had 14 tackles and 1 pass break-up as a junior.
Lamb can also line up at corner, if needed.
P Jake Hendy/Mike McLaughlin
K Ryan Lux
Ryan Lux was 9 of 17 in field goal attempts last year. The senior's longest
of the year was from 41 yards out. The Owls utilize two experienced senior
punters in Jake Hendy and Mike McLaughlin. Hendy punted 28 balls for a 37.1 yard
average while McLaughlin had 34 punts for a 36.5 yard average last season.
Wallace must find a new pair of kick and punt returners fast as WR Mike Holley and
RB Tim Brown were slated to share those duties but were recently declared
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