Temple vs Vanderbilt Preview


vanderbiltNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Temple Owls defeated Memphis 41-21 to end a disappointing 2-10 season on a high note and travel to Nashville to square off against the Vanderbilt Commodores who beat Houston 41-24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl to finish 9-4 last season.

Sophomore quarterback P.J. Walker returns to guide the Owls offense after leading the offense with 2,416 total yards of offense (2,084 passing, 332 rushing). Top rusher senior running back Kenneth Harper returns along with senior Jalen Fitzpatrick and junior John Christopher returning as the top two receivers in the offense.

The Temple defense should be solid led by junior linebacker Tyler Matakevich who led the team with 137 tackles, 11.5 for loss and will continue to be a dominant defensive presence. Junior Nate Smith will be beside Matakevich at linebacker to keep the unit shored up. Senior Anthony Robey and junior Tavon Young will roam the secondary. Juniors Hershey Walton and Matt Ioannidis along with sophomore Sharif Finch bring a lot of experience back to the defensive line.

New head coach Derek Mason looks to continue Vanderbilt’s success of the field and will look to sophomore quarterback Patton Robinette to lead the offensive unit. Junior Jerron Seymour returns after leading the team in rushing in 2013 but new starters will be at receiver as the top two receivers from last season are gone.

The defense will see the most experience on defense return in the trenches with the defensive line and linebacking corps coming back for the most part. Junior linebacker Darreon Herring was second on the team in tackles while another junior linebacker Caleb Azubike was tied for the team lead with nine tackles for loss. The secondary will see a lot of new starters in the lineup.

Keys for Temple Win

Offense led by Walker must by dynamic but also must control the clock and not turn the ball over. Matakevich must be a play-maker on defense.

Keys For Vanderbilt Win

The Dores must pull a lot of new pieces together quickly on offense behind Robinette and Seymour. Herring and Azubike must make plays at the line in the running game.

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Latest Line, Vanderbilt -13.5


Temple can utilize their experience and make a game of this early on but Vanderbilt should be able to get this one.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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