PHILADELPHIA – The Temple University
football team continued training camp on Thursday at Edberg-Olson Hall.
Owl Outlook: Day 6 video
Owl Outlook is back for Day 6 of training camp, with today's focus being on the tight end position, joining us for interviews today are veterans Morkeith Brown
(Harrisburg, Pa.) and Evan Rodriguez
(North Bergen, N.J.).
The Temple offense in 2009 was very reliant on the tight end position, both in the passing game and the running game. Senior Steve Maneri
(now with the Houston Texans) led by example as one of the top blocking tight ends in the nation, and served as a mentor for the less experienced. Now, with Maneri gone, some new names are coming to the forefront, and they are ready to step up to the challenge.
Rodriguez, a transfer from West Virginia, was the Owls' leading receiver out of that spot in 2009, catching 13 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Brown is entering is entering his junior season, and his first as a tight end. The 6-6, 260-lb. Brown switched to the offensive side of the ball mid-season last year, and is starting to feel at home in his new position. He isn't the only one getting used to the new position, as Vaughn Charlton
(Landenberg, Pa.) made the much-publicized switch in the middle of spring practice. Now at a hefty 252 lbs., Charlton is ready and able to make an impact, as evidenced by his selection as a Preseason first-team All-MAC performer by Phil Steele.
Redshirt junior Matt Balasavage
(Lancaster, Pa.) has been a consistent presence at the position over his career, collecting 6 starts in 20 games played. The Owls' brought in four new tight ends entering camp last season, and all four are still on the roster and full of promise after redshirting in 2009. Alex Jackson
(Dunnellon, Fla.), is one of the best athletes on the squad, whose combination of size and speed are nearly unmatched by any. Cody Booth
(Millersville, Pa.) has impressed the coaching staff since his arrival, and now that he's put on some weight (Booth measured in at 6-5, 255 lbs), he will definitely be in the mix at the position. Chris Parthemore
(New Cumberland, Pa.) is a great all-around player, and is definitely someone who is capable of making an impact. Matt Brookhart
(Spring Grove, Pa.) has plenty of athleticism as a former wide receiver, and a quality long snapper to boot. With all of these young players at the position, one would think you'd forget the freshmen entering the fold. It's hard to miss a guy like Tyler Johnson
(Ringwood, N.J.) though. An imposing figure measuring in at 6-5, 240-lb, Johnson's size and athleticism made him one of the top tight ends in the state after being a two-way star at Lakeland High School.
The Temple video staff will provide insight into the team's progress with video reports posted every day after practice.
Practices are closed to the general public.
Temple opens the 2010 season on Friday, Sept. 3 with Villanova at 5 p.m. in the second annual Mayor's Cup at Lincoln Financial Field.
Temple football season tickets are on sale now for as low as $90, and can be purchased by calling the Temple Ticket Office at 215-204-8499
. Fans are encouraged to visit www.OwlsTix.com
for full season ticket pricing information.