Scouting the Big East: Temple

Competing in the Big East for the final time, Temple has always been a program which occasionally flashed signs of competitiveness yet never displayed any consistency. In a similar fashion, much the same can be said about the quantity of prospects produced each year by the Owls for the NFL draft.

The Owls have an array of seniors that will likely be free agent choices.  Receiver Phil Goodman is a consistent pass catcher who led the team in receptions last season and displayed the ability to pick up yardage when he handles the ball.  Goodman has outstanding size, plays faster than his 4.74 speed and has a good shot of making it as a possession receiver at the next level.  Quarterback Mike McGann is a nice sized passer with an adequate arm and pocket poise.  While he needs to improve his reads and accuracy, McGann is a solid developmental prospect that will be signed as a free agent.  Sharing time at quarterback with McGann is junior Walter Washington, a huge specimen behind center who was the team's leading rusher last year.  Washington has a big arm and solid head for the quarterback position yet his size and strength may dictate that running back will be his position at the next level.

Temple as a pair of linebackers to keep an eye on.  Senior Troy Bennett is a heady defender best up the field defending the run.  A bit undersized and a prospect who lacks the top size/speed numbers, Bennett could be a late round choice for a 34 defense and a player who flourishes on special teams.  Junior Rian Wallace is a terrific athlete that makes plays sideline-to-sideline and is competitive against both the run or pass.  Productive since his sophomore campaign, Wallace is a prospect that will be highly rated moving towards his senior season. 

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