Every once in a while, someone says something that makes you feel like they understand exactly what another person feels and that someone yesterday was Kareem Ali Jr.
Ali said something so profound that I had to stare at the words while holding my Philadelphia Daily News: “I’m tired of seeing Temple lose. I’ve been to almost every home game since my eighth grade or seventh grade year. I know their pain. I’m tired of seeing that.”
So, for every Temple fan who wanted to go down on the field and break up that Hail Mary against Fordham or Buffalo and run a more direct route to sacking Blake Bortles, Kareem Ali Jr. is playing for us. I hope his play will be contagious and the rest of the Owls who are not from here are tired of losing, too. Many of us have the want-to for doing all of those things, Ali has the how-to.
Already, he has become my favorite Temple Owl, following in the footsteps of guys like Kenny Harper, Donny Klein, Paul Palmer and Bernard Pierce.
Temple Recruiting Last Three Years
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Klein might be an odd name for some, but not for me. The Temple center immediately became my favorite player when Temple played at Rutgers after getting kicked out of the Big East. The Owls trailed, 14-3, at halftime and Klein went on a profanity-filled rant: “I’ve never lost to f-ing Rutgers and I’m not about to lose to f-ing Rutgers now” pounding his helmet on the floor. Those were not empty words as Klein’s borderline fanatical blocking opened up huge holes for Tanardo Sharps in the rain and mud and Sharps gained 215 yards on 43 carries as the Owls won, 20-17. That’s the kind of fire, emotion, intensity and desire I’d like the see the Owls play with all of the time.
Those are the kinds of players Temple cannot get enough of and I have the feeling they got at least one more of those kinds of leaders yesterday.
Here are the rest:
Ryquell Armstead RB, Fr. 5-11, 205, Millville, N.J.
Jeremiah Atoki DB, Fr. 6-2, 190, Vineland, N.J.
Josiah Bronson DL, Fr. 6-5, 265, Covington, Wash.
Chapelle Cook LB, Fr. 6-1,214, Lakewood, N.J.
Jovahn Fair OL, Fr. 6-3, 283, Akron, Oh.
Jager Gardner RB, Fr. 6-2, 205, Black Mountain, N.C.
Daishaun Grimes LB, Fr. 6-2, 190, St. Cloud, Fla.
Benson Israel OL, Fr. 6-1, 316, Spring Valley, N.Y.
DeAndre Kelly DL, Fr. 6-3, 238, Hyattsville, Md.
Dana Levine DL, Fr. 6-4, 213, Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Roy Pugh TE, Fr. 6-4,196, South Orange, N.J. .
Jake Robinson TE, Fr. 6-3, 208, Haddonfield, N.J.
T.J. Simmons RB, Fr. 6-1, 195, Lakeland, Fla.
Cortrelle Simpson WR, Fr. 5-10, 175 Indian Head, Md.
Greg Webb DL, R-So. 6-1, 312, Sicklerville, N.J.
Taiyir Wilson LB, Fr. 6-2, 210, Collegeville, Pa.
Dawayne Young DL, Fr. 6-3, 280, Philadelphia, Pa.
MID YEAR TRANSFERS
Kareem Ali, Jr. DB, Fr. 5-11, 175, Sicklerville, N.J.
Logan Marchi QB, Fr. 6-1, 170, Bristol, Conn.
William Updegrove LB, Fr. 6-2, 230, Berwick, Pa