Temple begins Spring practice this morning in Philadelphia, where snow is expected to fall throughout the day.
It’s the first practice under new head coach Steve Addazio. Scot Loeffler and Chuck Heater are the two coordinators. The rest of the staff consists of Matt Rhule (assistant offensive coordinator / tight ends), Justin Frye(offensive line), Tyree Foreman (running backs), Zach Smith (wide receivers / special teams), Sean Cronin (defensive line), Sean McGowan (inside linebackers), and Ben Albert (outside linebackers).
Addazio told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Our trademark is going to be toughness. That's where it's at. So where are we, and how do we get to where we want to be? When your number's called, can you make the play? I've been in the business a long time, and you see a lot of guys who look great, who've got a lot of measurables. But who can do it when plays are available to be made? We have to figure that out, starting here.”
"We're not putting a square peg into a round hole. We'll see what we do best and build around them, whatever that means.”
"[At Florida], we went through that process. We went in wanting to do one thing, and midway through the first year we had to switch back because it wasn't working. I'm not going to do that here. We're not going to make wholesale changes just to do it.”
Addazio made it clear at his opening presser that he is following Urban’s plan.
He explained, "I've been in a lot of offenses in my career: wishbone, I-formation, West Coast, option, spread. At the end of the day you have to play great defense, run the football, score points in the red zone, win the turnover battle and win the kicking battle.”
Temple will host Villanova to start the 2011 season. The Owls then play at Akron, Penn State, and at Maryland.