Wide Receivers Lost and Found

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Win some, lose some.

The Owls lost Darnell Salomon to USF and Dae’Lun Darien to Penn State, but gained Freddie Johnson, Randle Jones and Isaiah Wright.

Time will tell, but I like that trade for a couple of reasons.

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Keith Gloster

Ideally, Temple rarely has the perfect combination of receivers on the field at the same time. It happened only a couple of times in my memory. Willie Marshall was a Robbie Anderson-type wide receiver in the Bruce Arians’ Era, made all the more dangerous by a 4.3 speedster named Keith Gloster lined up in the slot. Marshall was a 6-foot-3 guy with a 37-inch vertical leap, whose specialty was catching passes in the red zone and over the middle. Gloster opened the middle for Marshall by stretching the field and going deep. A similar situation also existed in the Wayne Hardin years with Rich Drayton and Gerald “Sweet Feet” Lucear and maybe to a lesser extent far later with Bruce Francis and Travis Sheldon under Al Golden.

In the past couple of seasons, though, Temple’s been top-heavy in the same type of receivers—tall guys who are effective in the red zone but rarely stretch the field.

By all accounts, Dae’Lun is the same type of player Romond Deloatch, Anderson, Ventell Bryant and Keith Kirkwood are today–guys who are fairly reliable, have good hands, make plays over the middle but won’t necessarily stretch the field.

In Isaiah Wright, though, the Owls have a “best of both worlds” player, a guy who can make the big catch over the middle and take it to the house and, if Johnson or Jones turns out to be on the other of the field, his presence even makes Wright more dangerous. Other recruits could fill that role,  or maybe someone on the current squad, like 4.3 sprinter Cortrelle Simpson.

Temple fans will probably be following the progress of Darien from afar and Salomon from a relatively closer spot, USF. The numbers say Salomon will have the best career, but he’s had discipline and character issues that make his future far from a slam dunk. So Wright, Jones and Johnson could be just what they needed all along.

Willie Marshall and Keith Gloster should be especially proud.

Tomorrow: Karamo Dioubate

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7 thoughts on “Wide Receivers Lost and Found

  1. an interesting thing to watch at the WR position is who can stretch the field, who can earn a single digit jersey, and who is going to replace #7 in the slot…, not sure Simpson can make the big catches, or has the durability to play at this level…, Deloatch in the slot is an intriguing thought…, it would be helpful if McHale and/or Ruff could break into the OL rotation….,, McGowan needs to stay healthy and on the field…, turning #11 into a single digit would be a huge and a welcome sign

    also who will emerge on the DL as a single digit players?

    • I would think Thomas would fit three criteria in the first sentence, single digit, replace No. 7 in the slot, and who can stretch the field. Love to see Gardner especially full-time at RB. I think he can be a superstar.

  2. If P.J. wants No. 7, I think he will earn it in the spring. He’s been No. 11 for so long, though, he might do what BP did when they offered him a single digit. Thanks, but no thanks. Can Dioubate earn No. 9 out of the shute? I wouldn’t put it past him.

    • the pic of Gloster made me wonder why colleges don’t have throwback uniform Saturdays?

      would be quite an accomplishment for Dioubate and can’t recall it ever being done…,

      excuse the promo but this is for a good cause.., for all of those in the DC metro area, the AD’s office is hosting a booster dinner on May 18th, exact location will announced soon… Kraft and Rhule are scheduled to attend, contact the Owl Club for more info

  3. Do we have a kick return specialist on the roster somewhere? Big need.

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