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After three days of football training camp, the competition in Temple is “open”.

Stan Drayton has no plans to create a depth map anytime soon.

The first-year Temple football coach has seen improvement and enthusiasm in his players, but he wants to keep the competition alive for spots for the Owls, who open the season on September 2 against Duke.

“It’s been a good three days,” Drayton said. “The thing I love about this group is that they are ready to go on the field, they can’t wait to play. They had a good off-season. Boys have gotten bigger and stronger and stuff like that. We have some new tracks that we’re trying to integrate into our system.”

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Friday’s practice marked the first time players wore pads and took to the field in 91-degree weather. Between returning owls, the freshman class, and newcomers from the transfer portal, every player has a clean sheet for a chance at a spot.

“We get better just by adopting the mindset of just competing every day,” Drayton said. “Thanks to our players [that] They also don’t think about the depth map. They take every opportunity that comes their way. We told them it’s wide open and it’s yours to get. Once you get it, you must keep it. … That’s just the mindset of a die-hard soccer player, you compete every day.

Here’s a look at the state of Temple’s offense, defense and special teams three days into training camp.

Over the summer, Drayton signed eleven players from the transfer portal, six of them on offense.

Among those newcomers is former Illinois running back Jakari Norwood, who had 27 carries for 120 rushing yards last season. He’s still waiting for his paperwork to be done, but according to Drayton, he could join the Owls any day.

“He’s versatile,” Drayton said. “He can catch the ball from the backcourt. He’s hard in contact, but he’s got fifth gear. … He’s a guy who can hit a home run, so something we thought we needed in this group and I hope he can bring that.

The running back room features returning Edward Saydee, who won the majority of carries last season, Darvon Hubbard and Trey Blair. Drayton mentioned that the halfbacks have improved since the spring as they learned new blocking schemes.

Quincy Patterson, a transfer quarterback from North Dakota State whom Drayton describes as a natural leader, made a name for himself early on at camp. Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf sees Patterson as a player who can walk well and is a good height at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds.

“You see a real team player,” said Langsdorf. “He does whatever he has to do to help the team win. … He just has a really good personality, very open and helpful to the boys. He is a team player through and through.”

Langsdorf added that a starter from last season, D’Wan Mathis, has improved his throwing accuracy. Quarterback competition continues.

Drayton also noted that the transfers of Ian Stewart (Northwestern) and Adonicas Sanders (Georgia Tech) gained depth at wide receivers.

Defensive coordinator DJ Eliot plans a 3-4 lineup with a variety of fronts. Though the returners have had to learn a new system since Temple ran a 4-3 defense under Rod Carey last season, Eliot has seen the linebackers thrive in the attacking scheme.

“They liked that there were so many ways for people to get to quarterback,” Eliot said. “It comes down to effort and execution and we have to get them to play hard and execute every moment.”

Returning linebackers include Jordan Magee, Yvandy Rigby and Kobe Wilson.

Special teams coordinator Adam Scheier said the Owls could add another walk-in kicker during camp. Currently the group includes placekicker Rory Bell, punter Mackenzie Morgan and kicker/punter Noah Botsford.

Morgan is an Australian college graduate from Weber State. “I love what he brings to the table,” said Scheier. “There’s nothing that really bothers him.”

On kick and punt returns, receivers Amad Anderson, Jose Barbon, Malik Cooper and cornerback Jalen McMurray took on most of the reps there.

“The goal is that the most explosive guy is the one you trust the most,” Scheier said. “Amad is working to get that spot and is certainly a dynamic athlete. He can be a threat on both kicks and punts in the second leg, but he needs to be a little bit better at catching the punts.”

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