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  09/13/21 - William KwenkeurSr/2022, Temple, 6-0, 235 (DS#65 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 13 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: William Kwenkeu, Gr., LB, Temple,...Kwenkeu had seven tackles with 2.0 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and a 38-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Temple's 45-24 win at Akron. His TD was one of two defensive scores for the Owls, who limited the Zips to 10 points through the final three quarters. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#65 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB William KwenkeuTemple
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  09/13/21 - Randle JonesrSr/2022, Temple, 6-0, 185 (DS#177 WR) + More +

  SEPT 13 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Randle Jones, Jr., WR, Temple,...Had seven receptions for 170 yards, six first downs and two touchdowns in a 45-24 win at Akron. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  09/11/21 - Randle JonesrSr/2022, Temple, 6-0, 185 (DS#177 WR) + More +

  Justin Lynch threw two touchdown passes - including a 70-yarder to Randle Jones - and ran for a score and the Temple defense notched a pair of TD returns to power the Owls to a 45-24 victory over Akron in nonconference play on Saturday. Temple (1-1) spotted the Zips a 14-0 lead before Lynch got the Owls on the scoreboard with his bomb to Jones - cutting the deficit in half with 2:26 left in the first quarter. Lynch's pass to Jones was on the first play after Akron's Kato Nelson connected with Tony Grimes Jr. from 17 yards out to put the Zips (0-2) up two scores.

Cory Smigel's 39-yard field goal stretched Akron's lead to 17-7 early in the second quarter before the Owls' defense delivered. Layton Jordan forced a Nelson fumble that was scooped up by William Kwenkue and returned 38 yards for a TD to pull Temple within three points. Manny Walker's pick-6 on a DJ Irons pass on the Zips' ensuing possession gave Temple the lead for good. Lynch hit Jones for a 27-yard score and added a 1-yard TD run to extend the Owls' lead to 38-17 after three quarters. Lynch completed 19 of 23 passes for 245 yards. Jones finished with seven catches for 170 yards. Ra'Von Bonner added a short TD run. - Temple/AP College Football


(DS#177 WR) rSr/2022 WR Randle JonesTemple
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  08/18/21 - DWan MathisrSo/2024, Temple, 6-5, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  D'Wan Mathis has been vaunted for his ability to add a new dimension to Temple's offense. Much of the Owls' success this season will be predicated on the play of the 6-foot-6, 200-pound quarterback who transferred from Georgia. "The amount of explosive plays that D'Wan was able to create in a short amount of time in practice just jumped off the page from the moment we got going," quarterbacks coach Jake Landry said Tuesday. "For us, it's an athletic ability where he can extend plays. That's what stuck out the most to us right away." Temple coach Rod Carey had originally thought during spring camp that he might not declare a starting quarterback until late summer, expecting Mathis and Re-al Mitchell to battle it out. But he named Mathis the starter in late April.

Mathis was recruited out of Oak Park (Mich.) High School by the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa State, and Cincinnati before committing to Georgia. But he was forced to redshirt his freshman year after undergoing emergency brain surgery to clear the fluid buildup around a cyst. The following season, he made his first collegiate start in the Bulldogs' season-opening win at Arkansas. After Jake Fromm's departure for the NFL and Jamie Newman's decision to opt out of the 2020 season, Mathis had beaten out JT Daniels to be named the Week 1 starter. He has previously said that surgery forced him to relearn to talk and to walk. In his words, it gave him a "next-day mentality," focusing on getting better each day while not dwelling on one bad practice. - Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB DWan MathisTemple
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  08/06/21 - C.J. PerezrSr/2022, Temple, 6-1, 295 (DS#76 C) + More +

  Temple is projected to finish 10th in the American Athletic Conference's football preseason rankings, two spots below the team's predicted finish from a year ago. The Owls finished second to last in the conference with a 1-6 record last year, playing an abbreviated season and the fewest total games of any team in the conference. Their 46 points in this year's preseason poll are their fewest since they joined the conference in 2013. Cincinnati was appointed the early favorite to win the AAC title thanks to 22 first-place votes from select media members. Last season's conference championship was the first for the Bearcats (9-1l, 6-0) since they joined the AAC. They were led by quarterback Desmond Ridder, the conference's 2020 offensive player of the year.

Central Florida, SMU, Houston, and Memphis round out the top five projected finishers among the conference's 11 member institutions. The conference's preseason favorite has ended up winning the league title twice since its inception in 2013, Cincinnati tying for the title in 2014 and UCF winning it in 2018. Temple graduate center C.J. Perez received individual recognition, being named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation's best center. This is the second consecutive year he's been named to the list. The only other Owl named to a similar list is Re-al Mitchell. - Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News


(DS#76 C) rSr/2022 C C.J. PerezTemple
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  07/31/21 - Re-al MitchellrJr/2023, Temple, 6-0, 200 (DS#48 QB) + More +

  The Wuerffel Trophy, College Football's Premier Award for Community Service, today announced its 93-player watch list. Temple quarterback Re-al Mitchell was among the group of student-athletes nominated for the prestigious award. Throughout last season, Mitchell used his time off the field wisely, participating in a variety of community service events totaling over three dozen hours.

Mitchell used this time to develop a relationship with Jaidyn from TEAM IMPACT, as well as participate in physical education classes with elementary school children with the Camden Promise Academy. Among many other community service events, Mitchell worked in conjunction with the Temple Police to service a block around campus as part of a cleanup effort. Another of the ways he's trying to help is by introducing his teammates to better mental health awareness. He has started regular meetings under the acronym R.A.I.S.E. - Raising Awareness in Student-athletes' mental health Everywhere. - Temple Football


(DS#48 QB) rJr/2023 QB Re-al MitchellTemple
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  05/25/21 - DWan MathisrSo/2024, Temple, 6-5, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The 2021 season opening football game between Temple and Rutgers has been changed from Saturday, September 4, to Thursday, September 2. This change was mutually agreed upon by both schools. The Owls will travel to Piscataway, N.J. to take on the Scarlett Knights in the first football matchup between the two school since 2013. Overall the teams have met 36 times with Rutgers holding a 21-15 advantage. The two teams were slated to meet in 2020 but the game was canceled. After a season and schedule wrecked by a global pandemic, Temple looks to get back to its winning ways in 2021. - Temple Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB DWan MathisTemple
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  05/06/21 - C.J. PerezrSr/2022, Temple, 6-1, 295 (DS#76 C) + More +

  Temple center C.J. Perez has taken quite a journey in college football, and because of the NCAA's ruling that last season didn't count on a player's eligibility, he has gotten one final chance to prolong his playing career. Many colleges will have older players in their programs this year with many opting for a sixth season because of the effects of the coronavirus. There are some even eligible for a seventh. Perez is at his third school but finishing up yet another degree. Temple has seven players who are entering their sixth college season. Four of them have spent all their time with the Owls: safety Amir Tyler, receiver Randle Jones, linebacker William Kwenkeu, and cornerback Freddie Johnson. Perez is among three others who started at another school and are now in their sixth season. The others are defensive end Manny Walker, who began his career at Wake Forest, and offensive lineman Michael Niese (Dayton). - Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News

(DS#76 C) rSr/2022 C C.J. PerezTemple
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  04/29/21 - DWan MathisrSo/2024, Temple, 6-5, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  There will be no persistent questions over the summer as to the new No. 1 quarterback at Temple. During a Tuesday press conference talking about spring practice which recently concluded, third-year coach Rod Carey said that redshirt freshman D'Wan Mathis, a transfer from Georgia, has earned the No. 1 spot. Redshirt sophomore Re-al Mitchell, who appeared in three games last season for Temple after transferring from Iowa State, is the No. 2 at the moment, according to Carey. Mathis replaces Anthony Russo, a three-year starter, who transferred to Michigan State. While Carey said there are position battles at several spots, he's moving forward at quarterback. "D'Wan is our No. 1, I told him that and Re-al is definitely No. 2, they definitely had the best two springs and it will go in that order for sure," Carey said. - Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB DWan MathisTemple
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  01/28/21 - Keyshawn PaulrJr/2023, Temple, 6-0, 180 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Keyshawn "KP" Paul joins the Owls after two seasons as a member of the UConn Huskies. Paul, a junior, entered the transfer portal after the Huskies opted not to field a team in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Miami, Florida, native played defensive back in all of UConn's games in 2019 and all but one during his freshman campaign in 2018. During the 2019 season, he accumulated 36 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and an interception. While attending Jackson High School, Paul was a three-sport athlete. He played football, basketball and ran track and field. - Temple Football

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2023 CB Keyshawn PaulTemple
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  01/21/21 - RaVon BonnerrSr/2022, Temple, 5-11, 215 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Joining the Owls from the University of Illinois is senior running back Ra'Von Bonner. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native played three seasons for the Fighting Illini. Prior to opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, he accumulated 822 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns over three seasons and was the Illini's second leading rusher in 2018. Bonner had a breakout performance in 2018 against Iowa with 96 rushing yards on 21 carries. He will be a major contributor to the Owls backfield in 2021. - Temple Football

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB RaVon BonnerTemple
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  12/20/20 - Weston KramerrSr/2022, Temple, 6-0, 290 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Down Lineman - Weston Kramer, Northern Illinois,...Kramer tallied 17 tackles, including three for loss, in six starts at defensive tackle for the Huskies. The nation's second-youngest team with 81 underclassmen, it's only fitting that almost half NIU's all-MAC selections were from those ranks. - Northern Illinois Football

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Weston KramerTemple
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  12/17/20 - Jadan BluerSr/2022, Temple, 6-0, 185 (DS#15 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR Jadan Blue, Temple,...Blue led the receiving corps for the Owls this year, leading the team in all major statistical categories. Blue finished the season with 41 receptions totaling 381 receiving yards and five touchdowns, while also handling kick return duties. The redshirt junior recorded at least four receptions in every game this season. Blue had back-to-back standout games against USF (9-60-2) and Memphis (13-120-3) in which he tied his career-high in receptions and set a new career-high in receiving TDs, making him the first Temple receiver to have 3 or more receiving TDs in a single game since Robby Anderson did so in 2013. For the season, Blue ranked second in the conference in receptions per game (6.8) while also ranking in the top five in touchdowns per game (0.8). - Temple Football

(DS#15 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jadan BlueTemple
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  12/14/20 - DWan MathisrSo/2024, Temple, 6-5, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  UGA football's initial 2020 starting quarterback has settled on a new home. D'Wan Mathis will transfer and continue his career at Temple, the redshirt freshman announced via Twitter Monday. "The things I've been through, the relationships that I made at UGA will forever be with me," Mathis wrote. "I will miss my brothers on this football team." Mathis completed 12 of 30 passes with three interceptions and one touchdown this season. He started the Bulldogs season-opener at Arkansas before being replaced by Stetson Bennett. - Online Athens

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB DWan MathisTemple
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  12/07/20 - RaVon BonnerrSr/2022, Temple, 5-11, 215 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Former Sycamore High School football standout Ra'Von Bonner, who opted out of the 2020 season at Illinois, has committed to play for the Temple Owls. "I committed to Temple," Bonner said by text Monday morning. "I'll be playing my fifth year there." The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Bonner cited "having people that I trust" as the key reason he was drawn to Temple. He played three seasons at Illinois before opting out of the current season over the summer. Bonner has his degree from Illinois and was on scholarship this past fall despite opting out of the 2020 season with coronavirus concerns back in July. That seemingly put him out of favor at Illinois and Bonner entered the NCAA transfer portal in early November. - Cincinnati.com

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB RaVon BonnerTemple
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