WR Phil Goodman

2003 Statistics

Coach: Bobby Wallace
17-51, 6 years
2003 Record: 1-11
at Penn State LOST 10-23
at Cincinnati LOST 24-30 (3OT)
at Louisville LOST 12-21
at Middle Tennessee WON 44-36
at Miami FL LOST 14-52
at Syracuse LOST 17-41
at West Virginia LOST 28-45

2003 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2004 Outlook

This will be Temple's final season in the Big East, and head coach Bobby Wallace hopes he has the tools for a memorable exit. Wallace has proven to be a solid recruiter of JUCO talent, including Washington, Goodman and Brown. Now, if he can only get some wins. With Miami and Virginia Tech gone, the conference doesn't look too fearsome from top to bottom. Imagine the Owls threatening to finish first in their final year in a Big East that didn't want them around, even after the Canes, Hokies and Boston College decided to bolt. A team from 'the City of Brotherly Love' deserves better, eh.

In 2003, the expectations of the program boosted Lincoln Financial Field's attendance to an average of 24,137 per tilt, a 21 percent increase from '02. But that leaves far too much to be expected from a 1-11 team with 16 starters back and the Big East in transition. The focus should be on fundamental improvement(s).

The schedule is brutal. The opener versus at Oregon State was replaced with a home date against Virginia, which is kind of like jumping off a building instead of standing in front of a speeding bus - which is the lesser of these two foes? The next weeks aren't looking encouraging. Only Florida A&M looks like a sure win, but even then...well, who would you pick to win, and Owl or a Rattler? See, not so easy, is it?

No, this won't be college football's underdog story, but the ingredients are there for (hopefully) a four-win season. That's a reasonable goal for a program that could have Washington and Rian Wallace back to face a slightly easier independent schedule in 2005. If Temple hopes to eventually get picked up by another conference, it will have to keep taking these small steps forward. They need to show that 2003 was a fluke, and that the trends of 2001 and 2002 (defensively) are more of a reflection of who they have become. It all starts this fall.

Projected 2004 record: 3-8
LB Rian Wallace
QB - 3.5 DL - 1
RB - 1.5 LB - 3.5
WR - 2.5 DB - 1.5
OL - 2 ..

Passing: Walter Washington, 235-123-6, 1405 yds., 5 TD

Rushing: Walter Washington, 156 att., 579 yds., 6 TD

Receiving: Phil Goodman, 47 rec., 678 yds., 5 TD

Scoring: Walter Washington, 6 TD, 36 pts.

Punting: Mike McLaughlin, 51 punts, 39.9 avg.

Kicking: Roger Price, 0-1 FG, 0 pts.

Tackles: Rian Wallace, 148 tot., 97 solo

Sacks: Sadeke Konte, 4 sacks

Interceptions: Pete McBride, 4 for 30 yds.

Kickoff returns: Jamil Porter, 22 ret., 25.5 avg., 0 TD

Punt returns: none


OFFENSE: Zamir Cobb-WR, Terrence Stubbs-WR, Makonnen Fenton-SB, Joe Laudano-C, Jose Portillo-OG, Jared Davis-K
DEFENSE: Taso Apostolidis-DT, J.D. Stanley-DE, Yazid Jackson-FS, Donnie Coleman-CB

This offense lives or dies with Walter (not the Wolfman, you New Orleanians) Washington, perhaps the nation's most exciting quarterback playing for a major-conference bottom dweller. A JUCO star two years ago at Dodge City (Kan.), he carries plenty of pop at 6-2, 240, and also has jets with 4.6 speed. Despite taking over at starter with four games remaining, Washington ran for enough yards (579) to lead this team. He's made some big throws in tight games, but his accuracy (53 percent) has to improve before he's a truly balanced threat. With a year to better master Bobby Wallace's spread, expect improved throwing numbers, and expect Walter to provide some more oohs and aahs from Owl fans. The man he replaced, now-senior Mike McGann, is the Owl's third all-time passer (yardage), but will take a backseat to WW, the future of the program.

Running Back
Temple designates its lone runner behind the QB a "superback," an indication that this guy is expected to do everything. The position will once again figure heavily into the passing game, but it'd be nice if someone other than Washington would run for a few yards once in a while. Starter Umar Ferguson and JUCO transfer (and JC Grid-Wire first-team all-American) Tim Brown (4.5 speed) will each get plenty of reps and provide a thunder-and-lightning mix, respectively. Last year, it was more like milk-and-cookies, as the backs combined for just 784 ground yards. Brown, busy running for 8.0 per carry at City College of San Francisco wasn't part of that group. A threat in the passing attack, as is needed for the Owls, he's the best bet to take some heat off Washington.

Wide Receiver
Washington knows his receiving corps is deep, which is a confidence key in this pass-happy attack. Big, fast and experienced, X-receiver Phil Goodman is the top all-around guy. Z-man Butchie Ibeh is the deep threat; his 6-4 frame and program-record 41.5-inch vertical make him a tough assignment. At the Y, oft-injured Ikey Chuku is back for a sixth year and is a nice possession target. Converted corner Mike Holley and four incoming JUCO-transfers will bolster this group and help it spread things out for a fleet-footed QB.

Tight End
Surprisingly for this offense, TE is usually last on Washington's check-down list. TEs have garnered five catches in the past two campaigns, so…former quarterback, Collin Hannigan, along with converted-DE Christian Dunbar, will be used mostly to keep defenders off Washington and to open up the occasional hole when the Owls actually decide to hand it off.

Offensive Line
This unit underwent a much-needed makeover after giving up 36 sacks (second-worst in the Big East) and 319 yards in TFLs. Expect improvement with three starters back and an offseason to get used to blocking for a QB with happy feet. Former Swedish marine C.J. Blomvall, a starter at guard who averaged three pancakes per game, will be moved to center to anchor the group. The tackles are solid with the return of Chris Harris (10 starts, one sack allowed) on the right, and Elliot Seifert (no relation to George) on the left. The guards needed help, so John Gross, who started at left tackle after Seifert was injured in the opener, was moved inside. The rest of this group is big, but inexperienced. If some key people go down, Washington will be running more than even he'd like.

With the defense in tatters, the Owls, appropriately enough, had to lean on the 'O'. Oops…Temple went 1-11. But with seven starters back, and an evolving Washington at the helm, this unit is better capable of shouldering that load. Washington will be tough to account for, and he has plenty of weapons to spread things around. More accuracy in the passing game, some balance on the ground and improving a pitiful 26.5 percent third-down conversion rate are measuring sticks for how much improvement the victory column sees. Another "must improve" area that will certainly help is their need to score early - only 21 out of their 235 total points in 2003 were earned in the first quarter. More than 30 TDs will be needed for the Owl's record to improve, and you can be assured they hit that "over". This has the makings of an exciting group, at least by Temple standards. We think they will be more than just the doormat of the Big East due primarily to growth on this side of the pigskin.


QB Walter Washington


Returning Starters in bold
QB Walter Washington-Jr (6-2, 240) Mike McGann-Sr (6-6, 225)
SB Umar Ferguson-Jr (6-0, 210) Tim Brown-Jr (5-8, 185)
WR Phil Goodman-Sr (6-3, 215) Jamel Harris-So (6-1, 186)
WR Ikey Chuku-Sr (6-3, 196) Mike Holley-Jr (5-10, 180)
WR Buchie Ibeh-Sr (6-4, 215) ..
TE Collin Hannigan-Sr (6-5, 255) Christian Dunbar-Sr (6-2, 235)
OT Elliot Seifert-So (6-8, 295) Tariq Sanders-So (6-6, 295)
OG John Gross-Jr (6-6, 285) Sam McNaulty-Jr (6-4, 320)
C C.J. Blomvall-Sr (6-2, 305) Frank McAndrew-Sr (6-3, 300)
OG Stephen Bell-Jr (6-6, 310) Stan Primus-Jr (6-4, 315)
OT Chris Harris-Sr (6-4, 300) Yohance Perry-Jr (6-5, 330)
K Roger Price-Jr (5-10, 165) Ryan Lux-Jr (6-3, 200)



Defensive Line
Rubin (not the Hurricane, you boxing fans) Carter brings 17 years as both a college and pro assistant, along with 12 seasons as an NFL lineman, to the staff. He'll be looked upon to improve a unit that wasn't very tough due to injuries and inexperience. One of the wounded, DE Rodney Wormley, is back and should be the leader of the group. Wormley put on 15 pounds of bulk and should provide the pass-rushing threat this unit needs. Inversely, run-stopping NT Antwon Burton dropped 15 and looks ready to improve. Mike Mendenhall is back at rush end, but has just two career sacks. Despite having a pair of stud linebackers, Temple was last in the Big East in rushing defense, so returning so many starters will be a mixed blessing if the maturing process hasn't taken place. Their battle scars have to instill the fortitude necessary to compete with the conference's top teams, or the DL again will be the removed lynch-pin that unhitches Temple's wagon.

Shhh, we're going to let you in on a little secret ... Temple has one of the nation's best starting LB groups. Yes, Temple! Here's why - Rian 'Goo' Wallace is a star waiting to happen on the weakside, and senior Troy Bennett is as steady as they come on the strongside (yeah, and the Owls only start two 'backers). Quick and mean, 'Goo' was one of the few players who showed up on an awful defense (148 tackles, 19.5 TFLs). Unlike his counterpart, Bennett might not get NFL looks, but he has plenty of experience (35 starts) and strength (430-pound bench, 610-pound squat). As good as these two are, imagine what they'd do with a better line. Just two means they will be working overtime and will be playing catch-up much of the time.

Defensive Back
Four of this unit's five starters are back, but these guys have to be dramatically better for this team to go anywhere. Three of the four returning starters were Juco transfers last year, which might explain some improvement in the pass defense by late in the season. At 227 yards allowed per game, it ended up fifth in the Big East. The leaders here are CB Pete McBride, who will be the top cover guy, and SS Lawrence Wade, a big hitter who seems to be done adjusting since switching from running back last campaign. Starting CB Ray Lamb was dropped from the depth chart after injuring his left knee early in the spring game. Replacement Jonathan McPhee has the physical tools to do the job and played in all 12 2003 games, so he should not miss a beat.

A top-20 defense in 2001 and '02, this until plummeted to 95th. Temple was last in the conference in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, passing defense and stopping opponents on third down. Couple this with allowing a cumulative 122 points in the first quarter (while scoring only 21 - see offensive overview), and Temple seemingly has only themselves to look to for why they struggled. We expect the nine returning starters to do better. They showed signs of such in the Cherry-White Game, which ended 17-14 despite five defensive starters not playing. Like Washington on offense, Rian Wallace is a top-notch player around which to build, but he can't do it alone. The line has to provide more pressure and clog the run, and the secondary must continue to improve. Best-case scenario - the 'D' improves from awful to adequate, which would also lead to at least a few more wins.


LB Troy Bennett


Returning Starters in bold
DE Mike Mendenhall-Jr (6-3, 250) John Adams-Sr (6-2, 255)
NT Antwon Burton-Sr (6-3, 315) Eric Carpenter-Sr (6-5, 255)
DT Adam Fichter-Jr (6-3, 285) Neil Dickson-Jr (6-3, 280)
DE Rodney Wormley-Jr (6-4, 240) Jason Johnson-Jr (6-2, 255)
SLB Troy Bennett-Sr (6-2, 240) Ryan Gore-So (6-0, 215)
WLB Rian Wallace-Jr (6-4, 245) Manuel Tapia-Jr (6-3, 235)
OWL Sadeke Konte-Sr (6-1, 215) Justin Johnson-Jr (6-1, 205)
CB Pete McBride-Sr (5-10, 180) Jermaine Hargraves-Jr (5-11, 175)
CB Jonathan McPhee-Jr (5-11, 185) ..
SS Lawrence Wade-Sr (6-0, 200) Joel Gray-Sr (5-10, 180)
FS Matt Douglas-Jr (6-2, 200) Jamil Porter-Sr (5-10, 190)
P Mike McLaughlin-Jr (6-1, 210) Jake Hendy-Jr (6-4, 220)




Missed field goals cost the Owls three wins last season. JUCO all-American Ryan Lux will be looked upon to plug that hole. The junior hit 21-of-29 field goals at Palomar JUCO, including a 52-yarder. Though he missed from 50 in the spring game, Lux should improve on the conference's worst field-goal (44) and extra-point (86) percentages. Kickoff coverage was tops in the Big East at 13.1 yards per return, a trend that the defense will need to see continue.

Junior Mike McLaughlin is expected to once again do the punting. His 39.9 average was fourth in the Big East; he stuck 12 of his 51 kicks inside the 20 and only had one block. He'll again be expected to help a defense that often squandered his help last season. Jake Hendy, a JUCO transfer, could give McLaughlin some competition, but he looked ordinary at the spring game.

Return Game
A return TD or two would be nice for a team that had none. Thanks to the defense, the Owls got plenty of chances to return kicks, with safety Jamil Porter (22 attempts, 25.5 yards per return) the top recipient to return. With a 21.5 average, Temple was fourth in the Big East on kickoffs. Punts were less frequent, and the team averaged just 10.8 yards per return. Holley and Brown will try to inject some energy into this area. Either has the required open-field quickness to be a threat.