Tonight's game

August 31, 2007|By SANDRA MCKEE

Matchup -- Navy (0-0) at Temple (0-0)

Time -- 7:30 p.m.

Site -- Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

TV -- ESPNU

Radio -- 1090 AM

Series -- Temple leads 4-3

Navy offense vs. Temple defense -- Navy's offense led the nation in rushing last season for the second year in a row and will be going for an NCAA-record three straight. The offense, led by junior quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, is strengthened by the return of its top two rushers, fullback Adam Ballard and slotback Reggie Campbell. It will be breaking in three new linemen, with center Antron Harper moving from right guard. The Temple defense has seven starters back from the team that Navy beat, 42-6, last season. The Owls, who led the nation a season ago with 22 true freshmen playing, will have one true freshman starter on defense, outside linebacker Amara Kamara. The unit will be led by junior defensive end Leyon Azubuike and sophomore cornerback Anthony Ferla.

Navy defense vs. Temple offense -- Temple was young last season, with nearly two dozen freshmen on its roster and doesn't look much older this season, with 16 true freshmen making the team's depth chart - including six as starters. Two of those will be on offense at guard and wide receiver, while seven starters return from last season's team. Temple coach Al Golden said he is delighted with the strong competition his new recruits have given his quasi-veterans, and chose junior Adam DiMichele as the starting quarterback over sophomore Vaughn Charlton. The decision, Golden said, was based on a "gut feeling." The Owls will face a rebuilt Navy defense that - much like Temple's team - has no idea how it will perform. The Mids hope to see linebackers Clint Sovie, Matt Humiston, Irv Spencer, Matt Wimsatt and Matt Nechak step up with big plays and are looking for sophomore nose guard Nate Frazier to push into the Owls' backfield.

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