|Temple fans grab their spots prior to the 1919 C&W game. (Nah, that's across|
the street for a 1919 A's game at Shibe Park, 22d and Lehigh.)
|Sean Boyle a few days|
before he signed at
Temple, Feb. 5, 2008
This year, I found an old Al Golden Bobblehead (see right), an old social security card and re-arranged some of the furniture.
Everything for a purpose.
When I looked at Al's bobbing head, I remembered how he routinely changed a player's position for the betterment of the team.
Everything Al did regarding personnel moves was for a reason. I don't remember a single Al Golden personnel switch that didn't work out. Al was shaking his head yes while I was thinking that.
Matt Rhule interview todayI'm the same way. I re-arranged my furniture for function, not style. I moved the chairs and the sofa this year so I can get to the door quicker when the Publisher's Clearing House people arrive in a couple of weeks. (Smile.)
Please click here to read an interview with Matt Rhule that appeared in today's Harrisburg Patriot-News.
So it goes with position changes for the Temple football Owls. Change for a reason is good change.
Head coach Matt Rhule made one I totally endorse.
Sean Boyle, a long-time starter at center, will move to the right tackle spot vacated by the dependable and graduating Martin Wallace. That makes a lot of sense. Boyle is the team's best offensive lineman and will be protecting Chris Coyer's blind side, plus Kyle Friend proved he's more than a capable center as a true freshman last season. It's mind-boggling to think that Sean Boyle signed on Feb. 5, 2008 (not 2009) in the same recruiting class with guys like Adrian Robinson and Mo Wilkerson. His maturity will help this team.
Some other functional changes that could make sense:
|Kevin Newsome: Temple Owl Forever|
ALEX JACKSON (TE to DE) _ Jackson has some experience as a DE and maybe it's time to put him back there. For some reason, Alex could not catch a cold at TE last year and Rhule's new offensive philosophy minimizes the tight end position. Cody Booth is a solid blocker and a dependable receiver. I don't see Jackson beating him out, but I do see a guy with his height and speed being a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. I like it when opposing quarterbacks have nightmares against the Owls. It would be great for Jackson and Sean Daniels to be meeting regularly at the opposing quarterback.
|Khalif Herbin could be the|
Matty Brown of the next 3 years.
Sometimes, you've got to re-arrange the furniture for function.
Steve Addazio was too stubborn to do it.
One of the intriguing things about this spring practice that starts on Friday will be finding out if Matt Rhule is as open to change as Al Golden was.
If he is, expect Matt Rhule Bobblehead Day to come sooner than later.