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Five Players to Watch: SMU vs. Temple

Demo breaks down five players to watch for SMU against Temple on Saturday.

Sr. RB Jahad Thomas

Last season, Thomas had 66 yards and a touchdown against SMU.  Thomas has only suited up for two of the Owls’ games this season, but he has already carried the ball 29 times for 127 yards and crossed the goal line four times. He is averaging 4.1 yards a carry and the Owls call his number a lot. He is now fourth all-time for the Owls in touchdowns and eight on the all-time for all-purpose yards.

Sr. QB Phillip Walker

Last season Walker, lit the Mustangs up for four passing touchdowns and he ran a fifth score. This season he is 63-of-109 passing for 846 yards. He has thrown for five touchdowns, but he has also been intercepted five times. He has also rushed for a touchdown. A lot of Walker's struggles have come from poor offensive line play, but he can certainly still make things happen.

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Jr. WR Adonis Jennings

Jennings currently has nine catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. That score was his first this season and it came on a career long of 51-yards last week. He has only started to heat up as of late and should keep trending upwards heading into this weekend. At 6-3, 205 pounds has all the tools to be very dangerous Saturday.

Jr. DB Sean Chandler

Last season Chandler had a 41-yard-pick-six against SMU. He has finished making the switch from corner to safety this season and made continued to be a threat on punt returns. He logged his sixth career interception in the win over Stony Brook. He is currently ranked 11th in the nation and first in the conference in average punt return yards (16.8).  


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Sr. LB Avery Williams

Won the starting job on the strong side during camp and is tied for the team lead with 25 tackles this season with  Sean Chandler. Williams has 11 tackles for a loss and half of a sack. He also forced and  recovered a fumble. He is one of their best defenders and plays on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage. Look for him to be in on most plays Saturday.  

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