Temple football’s Khalif and Wyatt

Temple Football Forever congratulates our friend Fran Dunphy and his Owls on a great season (Fran-haters, he did not shoot 0 for 12) … also congrats to our friends from LaSalle. .. hope Explorers win the NC …

There was a reason Wyatt Benson was the first in the end zone on most TD celebrations.

“I’m only going to switch someone who wants to be switched.”
_ Matt Rhule

Temple’s big man on campus these days is Khalif Wyatt, a basketball player for the Owls.
Temple football has both a Khalif and a Wyatt, though not in the same uniform.
I hope the the football Owls get as much out of their Khalif and their Wyatt as the basketball team has.
Khalif Herbin and Wyatt Benson.
If so, they should be in good shape this fall.
Pick a rushing touchdown, any touchdown, for Temple’s football team in the last three years and if there’s one common denominator it is that Wyatt Benson is blowing up a defender right before it.
Sometimes two defenders.
All you have to do is look at the South Florida film from last year.
Montel Harris sprung free for an exclamation point touchdown only after Benson destroyed someone on a sweep.
Same for all five of Bernard Pierce’s touchdowns at Maryland two years ago.
In all of my 30-plus years of watching Temple football, I can honestly say Wyatt Benson is the best blocking fullback the Owls have had since Paul Palmer followed Shelley Poole through the hole to nearly win a Heisman Trophy.

Nobody appreciated Benson more than Montel Harris.

Now Benson has been moved from fullback to linebacker, a position of strength for the Owls.
Go figure.
Herbin, like the 5-5 Matty Brown four years ago, needs to get the ball in his hands more than a typical slot receiver does. He’s got the potential to make those explosive plays downfield that Steve Addazio always talked about but never delivered. A switch to running back might help get him more than the two or three touches a typical slot receiver gets per game.
Current Temple head coach Matt Rhule indicated the strong possibility exists that Benson will be back at fullback in August.
“He’s our starting fullback, but what does a fullback do?” Rhule told Owlscoop.com. “He came here as a linebacker and I liked him as a linebacker.”
Good point.
He’ll play 15 snaps and you can do that and play linebacker as well.
Hey, if Bill Cosby, Bill Juzwiak, Fizzy Weinraub and John Rienstra can play two ways for the Owls, so can a few of these modern players. (Although Rienstra, an offensive tackle, only played nose guard on goal-line situations.)
It won’t kill Benson to play linebacker and come in to block on the goal-line package, something Rhule was in charge of for the New York Giants this season.
Also notable in practice from Saturday is this quote from Rhule:
“I’m only going to switch someone who wants to be switched.”
He was talking about Kevin Newsome from quarterback to another position, but I hope the same, err, rule applies to everyone else.
Khalif Herbin please report to Rhule’s office immediately and bring a letter of recommendation from Matty Brown.

 A Twin Brother from a Different Mother

40 speed
Yards gained from
Scrimmage in final
High school year
Position started/finished at Temple
Matt Brown
1,450 (9 TDs)
Khalif Herbin
1,940 (43 TDs)

4 thoughts on “Temple football’s Khalif and Wyatt

  1. Bill Juzwiak – a name from the past.For some reason I remember him as a guard. Knew him, and coached his little brother at Cardinal Dougherty.

  2. great guy, one of the funniest coaches I ever covered when he was the head coach at William Tennent.I only knew he was a fellow Owl because he told me so.After a 20-7 loss at Norristown, one in which Tennent was leading 7-6 at halftime, I was interviewing him on one side of the field.Bill was understandably down because the Panthers fumbled the ball seven times in the second half, losing six.Just then, a kid reporter from the Norristown Times-Herald came huffing and puffing across the field."Coach, Coach," he said. "You were up, 7-6, at halftime and fumbled seven times in the second half. What did you tell your team at halftime?"Bill paused for about 10 seconds, took a long look at the kid, and said:"I certainly didn't tell them to fumble."I laughed my ass off all the way home.

  3. I was reading the SI interview with Coach Rhule. He basically said Newsome will play WR. He said he was playing some WR but now he is hurt and will miss most of spring. I definitely see Rhule sitting down Kevin and laying it out. "look this is you last year and you just dont have the reps in the new offense and are behing Coyer and Juice. However, your a great athlete so pick offense or Defense and we will get you on the field

  4. I applaud this as well.Kid wants to play QB but I think he wants to help THE TEAM more.I've been saying this for 2 years now.Who do I want to go up for the ball with some of these athletic WRs Temple has to face, a 5-10 speed-and-vertically-challenged SS or a 6-4, 215-pounder with sprinter's speed and a vertical of 37 inches?It's a no-brainer.Kevin should have figured this out on his own and, if he hasn't, someone needs to sit down with him and have a long talk.He's got a great path to the NFL not necessarily as a WR but as a SS or a FS.

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