The 2013 football season was a rough one for most of the Temple football team.
One of the players who would most like to forget the 2-10 campaign is senior cornerback Anthony Robey, who struggled particularly in key moments of games.
It was Robey who tried to jump a route and got beat for a long pass in the closing seconds against Central Florida, leading to the Knights' winning field goal as time expired.
The mistake was one of many high-profile errors Robery made, despite keeping alive a streak of consecutive starts that will be at 24 heading into his final season. Robey was a starter as a freshman on the New Mexico Bowl championship team in 2012.
"You watch the film and you dominate a receiver the whole game, and then one or two plays you let up, that's what people see," said Robey, who finished the year with 49 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery. "You just keep fighting to make sure those plays don't happen next year."
Robey hasn't been able to work off the frustration on the field as he has been sitting out with an injury, but as one of a handful of seniors is making his presence felt in other ways.
"It's tough loving the game and as a person who loves the game want to be out there getting better," said Robey. "All I can do is coach them up and make them better. You can always learn. (Defensive coordinator Phil) Snow always tells us to get every rep and seeing mistakes teammates make, all our corners, we all collectively make the same mistakes, so we see what's going on and correct them.
"I know a bit more, I have no problems teaching them stuff. I know I'm not doing too much else right now, so the leadership role. ... I'm comfortable with it."
Perhaps the only thing tougher than kicking a field goal for the Owls last year was making an interception — they had three of both. The secondary also was penalty-prone as it not only struggled to force turnovers but get off the field at all.
Robey sees a turnaround coming, not just for himself but the entire defensive unit.
"When coach Snow first got here, he told us to learn the ins and outs would take about a year," said Robey. "Now it's been a year, you can see change. We know the details of the defense and it's shown on the field.
"The number of turnovers, the forced fumbles, that's all the coaches are stressing this spring. There's no excuses, but we're going to continue to learn from our mistakes and do a better job."
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