The receiver position becoming an unexpected strength for Temple Owls in 2015
PHILADELPHIA, (C+P) — Adonis Jennings, the former Pittsburgh Panther wide receiver who transferred to Temple this winter, will be eligible to play this season, according to an Owlscoop.com article. Jennings was a highly-touted recruit for the Panthers. However, an injury was the primary reason he was not playing at the beginning of the 2014 campaign. He wound up playing six games, garnering six catches for 55 yards. Last year’s statistics may not be thrilling. However, the potential of what he can provide is intriguing. If Jennings is selected as one of the starters or a part of a rotation of receivers, he can become another outside receiving threat.
The best part of the story is Jennings will be playing closer to home, where the proximity of the Temple to his family was a major decision in him transferring from Pittsburgh. In an interview that Jennings did with NJ.com in March, Jennings said the following:
“I’m just happy to get another chance in college to play football. It’s closer to home. I just know that it’s a better fit, a better situation.”
Jennings has decent height (6’3) and hands and is outstanding at making plays happen after the catch. With the wide receiver screen being used a lot in the Owls offense, the opportunity for him to make plays is there. With Jennings and possibly Robbie Anderson lined up on the outside, the duo can put pressure on opposing defenses. If a defensive coordinator decides to bring safety support to either side to prevent the downfield plays that both are capable of doing, some mismatches can be created in the middle of the field. If a team decides to have their cornerbacks to play man coverage, the opportunity is there for some deep plays to be made.
Coach Rhule and a few of his Owls will travel up to Newport, Rhode Island for the American Athletic Conference Media Days beginning Monday. On Tuesday, the preseason media poll will be announced. It has been an eventful offseason for Temple. There has been a lot of news about the program lately with all of the news of players who will be available this season and players being added to award watch lists. It will not be surprising to see the team voted to finish in the top third of the conference. The preseason poll will be announced Tuesday.