By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – 2013 was a difficult season for the Temple football team.
The Owls went just 2-10, losing a decade’s worth of heartbreakers – six of their ten losses were by nine points or fewer, four came by three points or fewer.
But the Owls are hoping their work during spring practice will help turn things around come the 2014 campaign.
“Things have gone really well,” Temple head coach Matt Rhule tells KYW Newsradio. “We have a lot of those young freshmen that went out there and played for us in the fall. Now, this has been a great opportunity to go back and start from square one and really teach them how we’re doing everything. And the team has responded really well so far.”
One of the biggest reasons to think that the Owls are headed in the right direction is quarterback P.J. Walker. He stepped in last season and ended up starting seven games as a true freshman, throwing for 2,084 yards and 20 touchdowns while being intercepted just 8 times. He also proved elusive, rushing for 332 yards and an additional three scores.