Temple University has three “above the cloths line,” or game-day ready quarterbacks, as well as every one of them played in Saturday’s 36-29 loss for the University at Buffalo with Lincoln Financial Field.
During the week, the Owls planned to have sub-packages for his or her two backup quarterbacks – redshirt sophomore Anthony Russo together with redshirt freshman Todd Centeio – while student student Frank Nutile would be the primary starter.
Nutile took probably the most snaps, including the Owls’ last bad play. Buffalo senior defensive end Chuck Harris sacked Nutile and required a fumble as Temple attempted to make up a seven-point deficit with less than one minute left in the fourth quarter.
The three-to-four-play packages for Russo along with Centeio are similar to what the Owls did using junior wide receiver Isaiah Wright very last season, offensive coordinator Sawzag Patenaude said.
“Both [Russo and Centeio] had a great camp, and it was an opportunity to get them out there and something dissimilar to look at, change the pace a small amount,” Patenaude said. “We got some beneficial mileage out of it in the primary drive, we hit a handful of throws and missed a person big one to [junior wideout] Randle [Jones], so it is exactly what we were trying to set up.”
“Me and also Toddy were really excited simply because we are competitors like the group, and we always want to be on the market making plays and material,” Russo said. “We just wanted to travel out there and do might know about needed to do to help move the ball and put us from a good position to score.”
Nutile primary ceded the offense when Russo came into with one minute, 45 secs remaining in the first quarter. The guy threw an incomplete go away to freshman wide phone Sean Ryan and completed some sort of 18-yard ball to graduate college student Brodrick Yancy. Both he and Centeio were on the field for the next play, a good trick play pass by Centeio designed for Jones that fell incomplete.
Centeio quarterbacked the next three plays previous to Nutile returned. The drive ended with one of his two interceptions.
Centeio took the field again with the Owls following by five points with less than eight minutes vacationing in the third quarter. On the first couple of plays of the drive, Centeio approved the football off to redshirt-freshman going back Jeremy Jennings. Then Nutile returned for the third-and-4 that ended in an incompletion.
Nutile explained rotating in and out of the game did not disrupt his rhythm.
“It’s genuinely nothing to think about like that,In he said. “Toddy, Russo really did a fabulous job making some huge plays, moving the supports, getting some explosive plays. This is a nice wrinkle we have this coach Patenaude put into the game prepare and helped us released.”
Nutile had inconsistent play spread throughout Saturday’s game, struggling to find her groove on offense and turning over the football triple. Other than a desperation Are Mary to redshirt sophomore Branden Mack to end the first half for a 39-yard touchdown including a wide open touchdown throw so that you can junior Randle Jones, Nutile was unpredictable.
Nutile completed 15-of-32 attempts for 216 gardens, three touchdowns and two picks. Russo carried out 2-of-4 attempts for 24 yards, although Centeio’s only pass fell unfinished. He also ran twice intended for six yards.
Coach Geoff Collins ignored the notion that anybody but Nutile is definitely the starter for next weekend’s midday showdown against the University for Maryland.
“We have three brilliant quarterbacks,” Collins said. “Frank Nutile is the head of this program and really does a great job. He’s competitive, we just got to do a great job associated with protecting him, distributing a ball around and get each of our playmakers out in space.”