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  05/06/21 - C.J. PerezrSr/2022, Temple, 6-1, 295 (DS#69 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#69 C) rSr/2022 C C.J. PerezTemple
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  04/29/21 - DWan MathisrFr/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

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  02/22/21 - Trad BeattyrSo/2023, Temple, 6-4, 220 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Trad Beatty didn't want to leave. Temple coach Rod Carey and his staff didn't want to see him leave. Yet Beatty, a redshirt sophomore quarterback, will leave Temple after his graduation this spring with a bachelor's degree in international business. And he won't be looking for greener pastures on the football field. Beatty, who saw his first significant action when then-starter Anthony Russo was injured last season, made the difficult decision to give up the sport.

It is a choice he felt he had to make, and even though his coaches at Temple don't want to see him depart, they have fully supported this decision. Beatty made two starts in three seasons. He suffered a season-ending concussion in the fourth game last season against SMU. Temple won just one of seven games, which included the final game against Cincinnati being postponed because of COVID-19 issues on both teams. Beatty said he had been contemplating giving up football well before his injury. - Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Trad BeattyTemple
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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

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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

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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

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  12/17/20 - Jadan BluerJr/2022, Temple, 6-0, 185 (DS#13 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

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  12/14/20 - DWan MathisrFr/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

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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

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  12/02/20 - Iverson ClementrSo/2023, Temple, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Florida redshirt sophomore running back Iverson Clement has entered the transfer portal. Clement, a four-star recruit from Mount Holly, N.J., rushed for 94 yards on 12 carries in three years with the Gators. He's appeared in five games this season, carrying the ball five times for 29 yards. He joins safety Quincy Lenton in the portal from UF. Lenton put his name in the portal last month and did not play for the Gators in 2020. Clement played running back in all three seasons at UF, but lined up at another position as an early enrollee in 2018. Due to injures that spring, he moved to safety. Clement also played on special teams. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2023 RB Iverson ClementTemple
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  12/02/20 - DWan MathisrFr/2024, Temple, 6-5, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Coach Kirby Smart said Monday he wanted Mathis, a redshirt freshman from Oak Park, to continue his career at Georgia, where JT Daniels has emerged as the starter. "I am excited to see his future," Smart said of Mathis. "He's going to be a really good football player. We want him to stay here. There's no doubt we want him to stay here. We have encouraged him to stay here. But I also respect that is his decision, and we are going to help him every way we can with a transition. I think he's got a bright future."

Mathis committed to Michigan State in 2017 but flipped to Ohio State after getting an offer from the Buckeyes. But when Ohio State secured the transfer of Justin Fields from Georgia, Mathis flipped again to the Bulldogs and enrolled in January 2019. Reached by The Detroit News on Monday, Mathis was asked if transferring to Michigan State was on the table. "It's an option but I'm just not sure," he said. "I'm leaving all my options open. I'm not really sure when I'm going to make a decision." - Detroit News


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  12/01/20 - DWan MathisrFr/2024, Temple, 6-5, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  D'Wan Mathis is officially in the NCAA transfer portal, giving other programs the ability to contact the Georgia quarterback about continuing his college football career elsewhere. The news about Mathis moving on broke Saturday night before Georgia's game against South Carolina when he wasn't on the trip. "He didn't want to be a distraction for the team and he was very hurt and disappointed things came out before the game," coach Kirby Smart said Monday. "That bothered him...He wanted it to come out today when he entered the portal." Mathis, a redshirt freshman from Belleville, Mich,, started the season opener at Arkansas after grad transfer Jamie Newman opted out in the preseason. Mathis struggled in the game and was replaced by Stetson Bennett who helped rally Georgia to the win.

Bennett held the starting job for the next five games, but Southern Cal transfer JT Daniels replaced him against Mississippi State and has a strong hold on the job after wins the last two weeks. "D'Wan is a great quarterback and we really will miss D'Wan," defensive lineman Travon Walker said. "JT just stepped into the role at a time he really needed to and helped the team out a loud. It's really hard at the quarterback position to be able to get that chance. You've just got to take advantage of the chance that you do get." Mathis redshirted last season after undergoing surgery for a brain cyst in May of 2019. - Athens Daily Banner


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  11/30/20 - DWan MathisrFr/2024, Temple, 6-5, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Quarterback D'Wan Mathis, who opened the season as No. 11 Georgia's starter, has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Coach Kirby Smart said Monday he wanted Mathis, a redshirt freshman, to continue his career at Georgia, where JT Daniels has emerged as the starter. "I am excited to see his future," Smart said of Mathis. "He's going to be a really good football player. We want him to stay here. There's no doubt we want him to stay here. We have encouraged him to stay here. But I also respect that is his decision, and we are going to help him every way we can with a transition. I think he's got a bright future."

Mathis, a redshirt freshman, was not with the Bulldogs for Saturday's 45-16 win at South Carolina on Saturday. That led to questions that Mathis might enter the transfer portal as the Bulldogs prepare for this week's game against Vanderbilt. Smart said Mathis "has handled everything first class." "Every conversation he's had with me has been the right way," Smart said. "He did not want to be a distraction for the team, and he was very hurt and disappointed that things came out before the game. That bothered him because he did not want to be a distraction for the team." Mathis could not hold the starting job after winning a preseason competition after Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman, the projected starter, opted out of the season. - AP College Football


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  11/27/20 - Daniel ArchibongrSr/2021, Temple, 6-6, 295 (DS#46 DT) + More +

  This wasn't how graduate student Dan Archibong envisioned this year at Temple, a season of losing. Temple has regularly lost games and players to injury and to COVID-19 protocols. Through seven games for the 1-6 Owls, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound defensive tackle is one of five Temple players to start all seven games. The others are defensive tackle Ifeanyi Maijeh, linebacker William Kwenkeu, receiver Branden Mack, and center C.J. Perez. Mack won't play Saturday in an American Athletic Conference game against No. 7 Cincinnati after suffering a thumb injury that will require surgery. So Temple has a small group of regulars who have made it through this strange season. In an added twist, Archibong got in on a few plays at tight end Saturday during a 28-3 loss to East Carolina.

"Showing that versatility is always good, especially for the next level," Archibong said after the game. In this lost season, Archibong has at least delivered a sufficient amount of tape for NFL scouts. No doubt they will look at him playing a second position for a team going nowhere as a positive, still fighting amid this frustration season. Archibong's stats aren't eye-popping. He has 22 tackles, including 3 1/2 for losses. and two sacks. He also has a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Yet he often occupies multiple blockers. - Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News


(DS#46 DT) rSr/2021 DT Daniel ArchibongTemple
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  11/21/20 - Will Rodgers IIISr/2022, Temple, 6-4, 249 (DS#103 DE) + More +

  For the third time in two months, someone who was counted on to play an integral role for the Washington State defense has opted to enter the NCAA's transfer portal. According to Rivals.com, Cougars senior "edge" Will Rodgers III, a 19-game starter the last two seasons and a starter in the team's season opener two weeks ago, entered the portal on Monday. Rodgers hasn't confirmed the news personally, but one day after WSU's 43-29 loss to No. 11 Oregon at Martin Stadium, the defensive lineman posted a tweet with a peace sign emoji and nothing else. Though Rodgers got a starting nod in the opener, the Cougars started Ron Stone Jr. at the "edge" position in the Oregon game. WSU rotates its defensive linemen frequently, so Rodgers still saw playing time, though the senior left the field for the injury tent in the fourth quarter and eventually retreated to the locker room. Rodgers had two assisted tackles in the opener, but none in WSU's most recent game. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#103 DE) Sr/2022 DE Will Rodgers IIITemple
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