The Temple University football team's 24-20 loss to Notre Dame Saturday night took its toll emotionally and physically.
Coach Matt Rhule - while acknowledging the team was slow to turn its attention to this Friday's game against 1-7 SMU - announced a long injury list at his Tuesday media conference.
Center Kyle Friend will be out for a couple weeks with an undisclosed injury, though he limped off the field Saturday and returned to the game. Among the other players who are banged up with their availability in doubt are RB Jahad Thomas, DB Tavon Young, WR Ventell Bryant, DE Nate D. Smith and OT Dion Dawkins.
Junior Brendan McGowan will replace Friend at center.
"I think he has 13 starts in our career, so we're confident in him," said Rhule of McGowan. "We'll find out a lot this week about our character, our backups. We don't know how long (Friend will be out), at least this week, probably a couple more games. We've said all year we've had six starters on the offensive line, so that helps a little bit. The other seniors have to step up and Mac has to be communicative."
Tight end Kip Patton will not make the trip due to academic/disciplinary reasons.
Thomas, featured in the video above, said he plans to play.
"I'm getting some treatement, trying to get as close to 100 percent as possible so I can play on Friday night," said Thomas. "I've definitely been limited in practice, no contact. I definitely want to go out and play and play at a high level. Worst-case scenario, the guys behind me will play at a high level."