I figured since we are in the dog days of summer, it may not be a bad idea to kill time by breaking down some of the position groups and seeing who is coming, who is going, and who is expected to contribute.
I’m hoping to be able to get through all of them: QB, RB, WR/TE, OL, DL, LB, and DB. Time permitting of course so we will see how close I get to accomplishing that.
Key Losses: Frank Nutile
Key Additions: Kennique Bonner-Steward
Frankie “Juice” has left the building. He was actually replaced earlier in the 2018 season by Russo after the Owls suffered some tough losses to Villanova and Buffalo.
The incumbent starter appears to be the former Elite 11 QB Anthony Russo. As detailed in a previous post, Russo is now a seasoned vet that is heading into the season needing to prove he has what it takes to become an NFL QB
I feel like I don’t need to rehash that post but the gist of things are that he is being ranked middle of the pack in AAC QBs, there is a new offensive system in place, and now is the time to prove his veteran abilities. I fully expect Russo to be one of the top QBs in the AAC and sort of come up out of no-where to national pundits. I like him as the “Rocky” underdog of AAC QBs. If he cuts down on the interceptions, the sky is the limit.
Behind him is likely Toddy Centeio, who has been used in trick packages and in occasional situational packages. This spring he feels like he has made the jump a sophomore is supposed to make. QB coach Craig Harmon believes Centeio has also made strides. The Temple News released an article in the spring detailing his renewed confidence (found here). The R-So QB believes he is more than just a runner and will have a chance to prove it during summer camps.
After that we have redshirt freshman Trad Beatty and true freshman Kennique Bonner-Steward (KBS). Beatty has a similar style to Nutile. He can run if he needs, create space, a bit more mobile than Russo. He still has room to grow into the position. KBS will take a redshirt season to be groomed, hit the weight room, and learn the playbook.
We don’t know exactly what type of offense Uremovich will run here at Temple. The consensus is that he ran a lot at NIU because he didn’t actually have a QB to work with last year. So we will hopefully see him open up the playbook at Temple. The WRs and TEs are a good group. There are plenty of weapons.
Position Outlook: B+, with the #2 and especially #3 QB being a concern. Chances are, if you on your 3rd quarterback, your season probably isn’t going right anyways.
Level of worry: low-ish