Stony Brook Seawolves @ Temple Owls 09/10/16 1:00 PM

This Throw Forward Temple Football Thursday Preview is more of a Bounce Back hope for the Temple Owls (0-1) who surprisingly and disappointingly lost to the Army West Point Black Knights 28-13 last Friday. They could not pick a better week to do this as the FCS, CAA Conference Stony Brook Seawolves (1-0) come to town. The Seawolves are coming off their own minor upset at home beating then #21/19 North Dakota 13-9. The two teams have never met on the gridiron. This will be the eighth time Stony Brook have played a FBS opponent, going 1-6.

At least Temple will face a more traditional offense this week, that did not score a TD in their opener. Their lone TD came on a blocked punt returned 7 yds. Stony Brook’s offense is led by SO QB Joe Carbone, 6-2, 220 (16-31, 159 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT last week) and his main target is JR. WR Ray Bolden, 5-8, 165 (5 receptions, 60 yards). Their top RB is JR Stacey Bedell, 5-9, 195 (15 carries, 42 yards).

As the opener score showed the defense is their strong suit led by SR S Jaheem Woods, 5-10, 195. (11 tackles {career high}, 4 TFL, 2 sacks) earning him CAA Defensive Player of the Week honors. Also a big part of their D is Moorestown High product SO LB Shayne Lawless, 6-1, 220 So. (9 tackles, 2 TFL). Six of those tackles were solo.

As for the Owls, they just need to show a lot more fight and urgency than they did against Army. They will once again have to do without SR RB Jahad Thomas who is still being bothered by a thumb injury. Red shirt SR TE Colin Thompson and JR DE Jacob Martin, both injured in the Army game are also out this week. Red shirt SO WR Ventell Bryant was injured in practice. His status was unknown as of this posting.

First Time: For the first time has been credentialed to cover Temple Football from the Lincoln Financial Field press box.  Yours truly will be on the beat and would like to thank Temple Football Athletics and especially Rich Burg, Asst. AD Football Communications, for the opportunity. Hopefully we will be accredited the rest of the season and going forward.

Fearless Prediction: This will be a real test for the Owls, not only to bounce back from last week’s loss, but also to avoid looking past the FCS opponent towards the trip to Happy Valley next week to face Penn State. I believe with Temple Head Coach Matt Rhule starting practice early this week, he will get this team to focus on the task at hand, and easily beat Stony Brook 28-14.

TV ESPN3 PBP Doug Sherman, Analyst Matt Chatham

Radio 97.5 The Fanatic PBP Harry Donahue, Analyst Paul Palmer, Sidelines Harry Mayes

Student Radio WHIP PBP Greg Frank, Analyst John Cole

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