Last Go-Around for Temple

For Nick Temple it seems like only yesterday he became a member of the Cincinnati Bearcats football family. Now, at the start of his final spring practices wearing the Red & Black, he reflects on this journey and final year at UC.

Entering his final year at Cincinnati, linebacker Nick Temple has already played in 39 games and recorded over 130 tackles and eight sacks.

While spring renews everything around it, college football players entering their senior year know this is the last time they'll take part in this passage of college football called spring practice.

"It hasn't hit me yet," said Temple about it being his final spring practices. "However, I have a feeling it will hit me after the spring game. I was recently talking with Antrione Archer and he said it was going to hit me after spring ball and then again after camp. So it really hasn't hit me and I'm just trying to take this slowly and enjoy my last year.

"But I'll still be out there with my boy Jeff (Luc) and it's our last go-around together and we're going to make it a good one."

Just like last season, Temple enters his final spring camp with change as he'll work with a new linebackers coach and have a new running mate in the middle of the Bearcats defense with the departure of Greg Blair.

How have things gone so far with the latest changes?

"It's been different without Greg out here," he explained. "Greg and Jeff are different players but it's not like I'm not comfortable with Jeff as we were on the field together last season. So we'll use this spring to get comfortable with each other.

"As a defensive unit, I feel we're comfortable with the change. It's really not anything different as I feel like when Coach (Hank) Hughes came in we're doing the same things, it just happens to be different terminology. I said the same thing last year and it's just so amazing a new coach can come in and we don't really miss a beat."

The other change for the Bearcats in 2014 also starts in the spring when they'll play their annual spring game in Paul Brown Stadium instead of their on-campus home Nippert Stadium.

"I think it's going to be exciting to go to Paul Brown Stadium as we did a couple of practices over there in the past," he said. "But for us to have a spring game there, I feel people are going to come and we're going to have more people in the stands.

"As for playing the season there it's kind of disappointing as there is nothing like playing in Nippert. It's a different feeling for the whole team when we play in Nippert and I don't think teams like to come and play here because they know they are getting themselves into something when they have to come here. But while it's said for us seniors, it's good for the team and the program overall going forward."

While Temple seems to have his emotions in check in his final go-around, he's heard from those close to him about taking it all in.

"It came quick," Temple said. "We just started winter conditioning and finished four-quarters. Then not too long after that, we started spring ball.

"I was talking with my mom and she was getting all sentimental about it. I was like, mom, it's alright. I know this is my last go-around, but I'm going to make it a good one."

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