Temple Football Readies For Saturday Spring Game

Matt Leon
April 10, 2018 - 12:09 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Temple Owls will wrap up their spring workouts on Saturday with their annual Cherry & White game at the Temple Sports complex.

The Owls went 7-6 in 2017, finishing the season with 28-3 win over Florida International in the Gasparilla Bowl.

Second-year head coach Geoff Collins is pleased with how his team has worked since the 2017 campaign wrapped up.

"I think we've had a really good off-season," he tells KYW Newsradio. "Our off-season program, the winter conditioning  we go through, the 'Temple Tuff' program is as good as anywhere in the country. Then we had an unbelievable spring practice. A lot of good leadership, guys have stepped up at all the positions. I think we're going to have a chance to be a really good football team."

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Collins says a big goal this spring has been to establish across the board depth.

"There were certain positions last year that got really, really scary because of how thin they were," Collins says. "So we want to make sure we have two to two-and-a-half deep at every single position on this roster with guys that can come in and play like starters. I think we're well on our way to doing that. We're excited about 24 new kids showing up on campus in June to add to the depth that we've been building."

Frank Nutile, who will be a redshirt senior in the fall, took over the starting quarterback position the second half of last season and went 4-2 as a starter, completing 61% of his passes for 1,346 yards and 11 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

"He's such a great quarterback and a great leader," Collins says. "The big thing with Frank is he just makes everybody around him better. He's continued to do that throughout the spring. The big test for him will be this off-season when all the coaches are gone, we're doing recruiting, we're doing camps and we're even on the little bit of vacation that we get, it's going to be his team. I think his leadership ability, his vision for this program that coincides with everything with this coaching staff, I'm excited for him to take the reins once we get out on the road recruiting when spring ball ends."

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Collins talks about what fans that turn out to the Cherry & White game on Saturday can expect.

"There will be zero punts on Saturday," he says. "So if the offense of the Cherry team is driving and they get stopped four and out, wherever they get stopped, turn the ball around and the White team's going to play. So if you're backed up on your twenty, and you don't get a first down, then the other team is going in from the 20, 25 or 30. So it should be an exciting, exciting game."

The Cherry and White game will start at noon on Saturday.

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