Major Addition

The Temple football team was deep at tight end at the beginning of last season with senior Chris Parthemore returning, Romond Deloatch moving from wide receiver and Chris Coyer transitioning from quarterback. But the tight end position is suddenly a thin one for the Owls. And that could play into the hands of redshirt junior walk-on Saledeem Major.

The Temple football team was deep at tight end at the beginning of last season with senior Chris Parthemore returning, Romond Deloatch moving from wide receiver and Chris Coyer transitioning from quarterback.

With Deloatch moving back to wide receiver, and Parthemore, Coyer and another quarterback-turned-tight end Juice Granger using up their eligibility, the tight end position is suddenly a thin one for the Owls.

And that could play into the hands of redshirt junior walk-on Saledeem Major, who was last seen playing for Division II Clark Atlanta University before transferring to Temple and sitting out last season.

"I had to sit out a year and I was learning from old tight ends Chris Coyer and Parthemore," said Major. "I learned a lot from them and knowing they wouldn't be here this year it was a great opportunity to step in and play right away."

Throughout spring drills, head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield dropped Major's name on a couple occasions as a player who was standing out. Then in the Cherry and White Game – on a day he received the Local 215 Award as the top walk-on in the spring – Major made an impression with three catches for 49 yards.

"Sal Major is a really good football player, he's going to fill a lot of roles for us," said Rhule. "We've got a couple guys at tight end who are big, physical and can provide a different aspect we didn't have a year ago."

Major is a Philadephia native who graduated from Imhotep Charter High School. He admitted playing in the Cherry and White Game, which was held at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Delaware County, held special meaning.

"(The award) means a lot, I just transferred back home and got to play in front of family and friends who hadn't seen me play football since high school," said Major. "I was happy to get the ball in my hands. It felt so good to be back home. A couple years ago I was all the way down South, so it's a blessing.

"I came to the spring game last year, saw the environment, everything (Rhule) was trying to change and the new tradition and I loved it from there. I walked on, went through camp and kept working."

The work continues and Major feels he is gaining in many levels as he goes from Division II player to walk-on to possible Division I starter.

"I've been practicing, looking at film, understanding when I'm going to check down, when I'm hot," said Major. "I'm learning the offense, it's starting to become natural, and I'm going to make it a habit."

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