By Temple University’s own account of Alex Starzyk’s accomplishments, he was a “Ray Guy candidate” for nation’s best punter in 2016.
Starzyk did not get the Ray Guy Award, but just being up for it is just the lesser of two important clues how valuable he was for the Owls and how hard he will be to replace.
If Logan Marchi can
do the job, he is
the preferable candidate
because you can always
run a trick play out
of that formation. Marchi
can both run and throw.
With Boomer, you are
pretty much restricted
to punting the ball.
The second one is the most concerning one to Owl fans because there is no backup punter listed on the roster. There are backup placekickers, third-string offensive guards, backup defensive backs and four quarterbacks.
Until Saturday, there was only one punter.
Starzyk’s “indefinite suspension” hopefully will be the like the ones Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski hands Greyson Allen—one game and he’s back playing—but Temple usually does not operate its athletic department like Duke.
For some reason, a suspension at Temple is usually a starter and usually means more than one game.
It does no purpose here to speculate on why Alex was suspended. He’s a great kid and a great student, so we will leave it at that and hope he returns to the team soon. (He was on the athletic director’s honor roll last year.)
Otherwise, the general overall impact to Temple football of losing a Ray Guy candidate who was the team’s only punter is something that needs to be addressed. New head coach Geoff Collins, who handed down the suspension, went into scramble mode at Saturday’s scrimmage and put Boomer (Aaron Boumerhi) back there.
One possible candidate is quarterback Logan Marchi, who was a pretty good punter at St. Paul’s (Conn.) high school. If Logan Marchi can do the job, he is the preferable candidate because you can always run a trick play out of that formation. Marchi can both run and throw. With Boomer, you are pretty much restricted to punting the ball.
I like the kind of “Mayhem” you can throw at an opposing defense with a triple threat back there punting the ball.
If Marchi can’t do it, then punting could be a nerve-wracking experience for Temple fans this fall and that is a big problem.
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