Temple football: Previewing the secondary

For the Temple football team, the secondary is a group that needed some big time improvement. The first game of the 2013 season was not easy test, as the young secondary took on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, and well, it wasn’t pretty. Tommy Reese threw for 3 TDs  and 346 yards with his aerial attack. The first throw that Reese attempted found DaVaris Daniels wide open in the end zone behind Anthony Robey.

But that big day from Tommy Reese wasn’t the only game where Temple’s secondary would get torched. In late October the Owls took a trip down to University Park, TX to take on SMU. In a game that lacked defense for both teams, SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert had himself a career day passing against the Owls and their secondary.

Gilbert went 37 of 53 passing to go along with four touchdowns. His 538 passing yards were the most surrendered by Temple all season long, and the four touchdowns he threw tied him with Blake Bortles for the most against the Temple defense. Definitely not good numbers for a defense, and to make matters worst Temple allowed more yards than any other team in the American at 474.3 per game. But this team knows that and is looking to improve going into the 2014 season.

Though it is easy to pick apart a young secondary, there is still positives to come out of this group. Temple snagged three junior college players who were three-star recruits as well as signing four three-star freshman to the roster in 2014.

Safety Alex Wells, one of the junior college transfers added to Rhule’s squad can very well be an immediate impact player to this football team; something it desperately needs. Wells won back-to-back Northeast Football Conference Championships at ASA College in Brooklyn, NY. He also finished his 2012 season at ASA with 45 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions and 3 touchdowns.  No one on Temple’s roster currently wears number 3 for the Owls, maybe Wells should change his number 21 to 3 after putting up those numbers?

During Temple’s spring game in late April, Wells grabbed one of the three interceptions during the game. Another junior college transfer who picked off a pass during the spring game was transfer safety Shaid Lovett. Lovett is coming to Temple from Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA where he finished top three in interceptions, tackles and tackles for loss.

Another name to expect to hear playing in the secondary is transfer Boye Aromire from Virginia Tech. The redshirt junior played corner for the Hokies in 2011 when the team played in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Fans can expect to see Armoire out there in the Owls secondary if the redshirt junior plays at the ability he is able to.

With Wells and Lovett adding depth to the corner position which consist of Anthony Robey and Tavon Young as last years starters, Temple now added some height in their secondary which they lacked. Wells is 6-0′ and Lovett is 6-2′.

Safteies Jahad Thomas, Jihaad Pretlow, Nate L. Smith and newcomer Boye Aromire are a young group who still have time to mold into a solid group of safeties.

Between the depth the Owls have at the corner position and youth at the safety position, it won’t be long before this team can get it together and put out performances we know that they are capable of doing.