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The 2017 Temple Owls football team represented Temple University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Owls were led by first-year head coach Geoff Collins and played their home games at Lincoln Financial Field. They were members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in AAC play to finish in third place in the East Division. They were invited to the Gasparilla Bowl where they defeated FIU.

2017 Temple Owls football
Temple T logo.svg
Gasparilla Bowl champion
Gasparilla Bowl, W 28–3 vs. FIU
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionEast Division
2017 record7–6 (4–4 The American)
Head coachGeoff Collins (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorDave Patenaude (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorTaver Johnson (1st season)
Home stadiumLincoln Financial Field
(Capacity: 69,176)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 UCF xy$   8 0         13 0  
No. 21 South Florida   6 2         10 2  
Temple   4 4         7 6  
Cincinnati   2 6         4 8  
UConn   2 6         3 9  
East Carolina   2 6         3 9  
West Division
No. 25 Memphis xy   7 1         10 3  
Houston   5 3         7 5  
Navy   4 4         7 6  
SMU   4 4         7 6  
Tulane   3 5         5 7  
Tulsa   1 7         2 10  
Championship: UCF 62, Memphis 55
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 9, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 23:30 p.m.at Notre Dame*NBCL 16–4977,622
September 93:30 p.m.No. 6 (FCS) Villanova*ESPN3W 16–1335,117
September 157:00 p.m.Massachusetts*
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNUW 29–2122,911
September 217:30 p.m.at No. 21 South FloridaESPNL 7–4324,325
September 3012:00 p.m.Houston
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNUL 13–2024,024
October 712:00 p.m.at East CarolinaESPNUW 34–1031,326
October 1412:00 p.m.UConn 
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNewsL 24–2829,849
October 2112:00 p.m.at Army*CBSSNL 28–31 OT34,876
November 28:00 p.m.Navy
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNW 34–2626,127
November 107:00 p.m.at CincinnatiESPN2W 35–2422,773
November 1812:00 p.m.No. 14 UCF
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNUL 19–4525,877 
November 254:00 p.m.at TulsaESPNewsW 43–2217,032
December 218:00 p.m.vs. FIU*ESPNW 28–316,363
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Joined Staff
Geoff Collins Head Coach 2017
Dave Patenaude Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks 2017
Taver Johnson Defensive Coordinator 2017
Ed Foley Tight ends / Special Teams 2008
Tony Lucas Running backs 2017
Stan Hixon Wide receivers 2017
Chris Wiesehan Offensive Line 2014
Andrew Thacker Linebackers 2017
Jim Panagos Defensive Line 2017
Cory Robinson Defensive backs 2017
Tim Conner Offensive Analyst 2017
Josh Linam Defensive Analyst 2017
David Feeley Head Strength & Conditioning Coach 2017
Adam DiMichele Offensive Quality Control/Recruiting 2014

RosterEdit

2017 Temple Owls football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 3 Sean Chandler Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

2017 Recruiting classEdit

Game summariesEdit

Notre DameEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2015 Notre Dame, 24–20
Temple Owls at Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Owls 3 7 0616
Fighting Irish 21 7 71449

at Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, Indiana

  • Date: September 2, 2017
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:17
  • Game weather: Temperature: 74 °F (23 °C) • Wind: NW at 9 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 77,622
  • Referee: Jeff Heaser • Umpire: Mark Wilson • Linesman: Joseph Griesser • Line Judge: Richard Misner • Back Judge: Jacques Hooper • Field Judge: C. Clougherty • Side Judge: Jerry Hocker • Center Judge: Larry Saunders
  • TV announcers (NBC): Mike Tirico (Play–by–Play), Doug Flutie (Color Analyst) and Kathryn Tappen (Sideline)
  • Sources: Game Notes[2] and Recap/Box Score[3][4]
Game information

VillanovaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
15–16–2 2012 Temple, 41–10
Villanova Wildcats at Temple Owls – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
No. 6 (FCS) Wildcats 0 0 31013
Owls 3 7 3316

at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia

  • Date: September 9, 2017
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:06
  • Game weather: Temperature: 71 °F (22 °C) • Wind: NNW at 12 mph • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 35,117
  • Referee: Chas. Lamertina • Umpire: Ken Huffhines • Linesman: Jim Casey • Line Judge: Stephen Ray • Back Judge: James Downey • Field Judge: Mark Windham • Side Judge: Jim Smith • Center Judge: Joe Clarkson
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Greg Mescall (Play–by–Play) and Tyoka Jackson (Color Analyst)
  • Sources: Game Notes[5] and Recap/Box Score[6][7]
Game information

UMassEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 Temple, 25–23
UMass Minutemen at Temple Owls – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Minutemen 0 7 7721
Owls 3 13 6729

at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia

  • Date: September 15, 2017
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:29
  • Game weather: Temperature: 71 °F (22 °C) • Wind: NNW at 12 mph • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 22,911
  • Referee: Charles Lewis • Umpire: Ken Huffhines • Linesman: Jeremy McCurley • Line Judge: Jake Weatherford • Back Judge: Eric Hermick • Field Judge: Ken Bushey • Side Judge: Joel Moenkhoff • Center Judge: Stephen DiSangro
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Mike Corey (Play–by–Play) and Rene Ingoglia (Color Analyst)
  • Sources: Game Notes[8] and Recap/Box Score[9][10]
Game information

South FloridaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2016 Temple, 46–30
Temple Owls at South Florida Bulls – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Owls 0 7 007
Bulls 3 17 131043

at Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida

  • Date: September 21, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
  • TV: ESPN
Game information

HoustonEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–5 2015 Houston, 24–13
Houston Cougars at Temple Owls – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Cougars 7 6 7020
Owls 0 0 31013

at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia

  • Date: September 30, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
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  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
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East CarolinaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–8 2016 Temple, 37–10
Temple Owls at East Carolina Pirates – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Owls 0 24 7334
Pirates 3 0 7010

at Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, North Carolina

  • Date: October 7, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
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  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
Game information

UConnEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
12–5 2016 Temple, 21–0
UConn Huskies at Temple Owls – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 14 14028
Owls 7 0 71024

at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia

  • Date: October 14, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
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  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
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ArmyEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–5 2016 Army, 28–13
Temple Owls at Army Black Knights – Game Summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Owls 0 14 014028
Black Knights 7 7 014331

at Michie StadiumWest Point, New York

  • Date: October 21, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
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  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
Game information

NavyEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–6 2016 Temple, 34–10
Navy Midshipmen at Temple Owls – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Midshipmen 3 3 71326
Owls 10 7 14334

at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia

  • Date: November 2/3, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
  • TV: ESPN/ESPN2
Game information

CincinnatiEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
11–7–1 2016 Temple, 34–13
Temple Owls at Cincinnati Bearcats – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Owls 3 10 15735
Bearcats 0 0 141024

at Nippert StadiumCincinnati

  • Date: November 10, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
  • TV: ESPN/ESPN2
Game information

UCFEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2016 Temple, 26–25
Central Florida Knights at Temple Owls – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
No. 14 Knights 7 24 14045
Owls 3 10 0619

at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia

  • Date: November 18, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
Game information

TulsaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2014 Temple, 35–24
Temple Owls at Tulsa Golden Hurricane – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Owls 10 21 6643
Golden Hurricanes 7 6 7222

at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman StadiumTulsa, Oklahoma

  • Date: November 25, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
Game information

FIU–Gasparilla BowlEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Temple Owls vs. FIU Golden Panthers – Game Summary
1 2 34Total
Owls 0 7 71428
Panthers 0 0 303

at Tropicana FieldSt. Petersburg, FL

  • Date: December 22, 2017
  • Game time: EST, Duration:
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line Judge: • Back Judge: • Field Judge: • Side Judge: • Center Judge:
Game information

Awards and honorsEdit

American Athletic Conference All-Conference TeamEdit

  • First Team

Delvon Randall, S

  • Second Team

Brian Carter, OL
Sharif Finch, DL
Jacob Martin, DL

  • Honorable Mention

Sean Chandler, S

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NFL PlayersEdit

NFL Draft CombineEdit

One Temple player was invited to participate in the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

# Name POS HT WT Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle Ref
#3 Sean Chandler S 5'10 4/18" 205 lbs 30 6/8" 8 2/8" 4.65 16 34.5 119.0 N/A 4.62 [12]

† Top performer

2018 NFL DraftEdit

Following the season, the following members of the Temple football team were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

# Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
#9 Jacob Martin 6 186 Defensive lineman Seattle Seahawks
#94 Jullian Taylor 7 223 Defensive lineman San Francisco 49ers

In addition to the draft selections above, the following Temple players signed NFL contracts after the draft.

# Name POS HT WT NFL Club Ref
#1 Adonis Jennings WR 6-3 205 lbs Cincinnati Bengals [13]
#3 Sean Chandler DB 6-0 195 lbs New York Giants [14]
#4 Nick Sharga FB 6-2 240 lbs Oakland Raiders [15]
#5 Keith Kirkwood WR 6-3 220 lbs New Orleans Saints [16]
#6 Sharif Finch DL 6-5 250 lbs Tennessee Titans [17]
#10 Mike Jones DB 5-11 187 lbs New York Giants [18]
#53 Leon Johnson OL 6-5 325 lbs Denver Broncos [19]
#79 Cole Boozer OL 6-5 295 lbs Tampa Bay Buccaneers [20]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-17/2017-temple-owls-football-schedule.php
  2. ^ "2017 Temple Football Game Notes: Temple (0–0) vs. Notre Dame (0–0)" (PDF). Temple University Athletics. August 28, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Football Falls to Notre Dame in Season Opener, 49–16". Temple University Athletics. September 2, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Box Score: Temple vs. Notre Dame". Temple University Athletics. September 2, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "2017 Temple Football Game Notes: Villanova (1–0) vs. Temple (0–1)" (PDF). Temple University Athletics. September 5, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Football Downs Villanova, 16–13, in Home Opener". Temple University Athletics. September 9, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "Box Score: Villanova vs. Temple". Temple University Athletics. September 9, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "2017 Temple Football Game Notes: Massachusetts (0–3) vs. Temple (1–1)" (PDF). Temple University Athletics. September 12, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "Football Sacks UMass, 29–21". Temple University Athletics. September 15, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Box Score: Massachusetts vs. Temple". Temple University Athletics. September 15, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  11. ^ http://www.owlsports.com/news/2017/11/29/football-sends-five-owls-to-all-conference-teams.aspx?path=football
  12. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/sean-chandler?id=2560152
  13. ^ Cincy Jungle (28 April 2018). "Tweet Number 990365147997855745". Twitter. Retrieved 28 April 2018. #Bengals reportedly signing Temple WR Adonis Jennings in undrafted free agency #UDFA
  14. ^ Josh Norris (28 April 2018). "Tweet Number 990361319743344641". Twitter. Retrieved 28 April 2018. Temple S Sean Chandler will sign with the #Giants as an UDFA, per source
  15. ^ Nick Sharga [@RealSlimSharga] (28 April 2018). "Beyond blessed and extremely excited to sign with the RAIDERS" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Ian Rapoport [@RapSheet] (28 April 2018). "Some UDFAs: Yale Matt Oplinger is signing with the #AZCardinals. #Temple WR Keith Kirkwood will be signing with the #Saints" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Paul Kuharsky (29 April 2018). "Tweet Number 990398048034533381". Twitter. Retrieved 28 April 2018. Sharif Finch, Temple, edge
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2018-05-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Temple Football (29 April 2018). "Tweet Number 990396145951301633". Twitter. Retrieved 28 April 2018. @HTLJ53 is a prime example of everything that is great about our culture that emphasizes relentless effort, accountability and toughness.
  20. ^ Geoff Collins (29 April 2018). "Tweet Number 990411588955000832". Twitter. Retrieved 28 April 2018. CONGRA’][‘s #NFLdraft @NFLDraft @BOOZclues_ @Buccaneers @ADED_2 @Bengals @RealSlimSharga @RAIDERS ALL are…
  21. ^ "2018 NFL Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 28, 2018.