The Miami football team travels to Temple on Saturday. Temple has 17 former Power Five players on its roster. Four of those players were four-star signees coming out of high school and two were former Power Five starting quarterbacks. Defensive tackle Allan Haye and kicker Camden Price transferred to Temple from Miami.
D’Wan Mathis was the ninth-ranked pro-style QB when he signed with Georgia in 2019. Mathis completed eight passes in 17 attempts for 55 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and ran four times for 10 yards starting the 2020 season opener against Arkansas. Mathis played later that season versus Florida.
Against the Gators, Mathis completed four passes in 13 attempts for 34 yards with one TD and two interceptions and ran seven times for 11 yards. Mathis never played for Georgia again before transferring to Temple following the 2020 season. Mathis was the primary starter for Temple in 2021 with 1,223 yards, six TDs and four INTs.
After beginning the season as the starting QB, Mathis switched to wide receiver last year and had six receptions for 44 yards. Quincy Patterson received significant playing time with one start at Virginia Tech in 2019. Patterson had 50 carries for 241 yards and two TDS and was 14-37 for 257 yards, two TDs and one INT in 2019.
Patterson has primarily been used in short yardage this year with eight carries for 12 yards and three TDs. Expect to see Patterson in certain packages versus the Miami football team behind starting QB E.J. Warner on Saturday. At 6’3 and 240 pounds, Patterson is tough in short yardage.
Wide receiver Amad Anderson Jr. transferred from Purdue to Temple during the 2021 offseason. Anderson has 73 receptions for 942 yards and six TDS in three seasons at Temple. This season Anderson is second on Temple with 11 receptions for 180 yards. Anderson has been a clutch and big-play receiver for Temple in 2023.
In three games for Temple in 2022, Anderson has eight receptions for first downs, four receptions of 15-plus yards and three for 25 or more. The Miami secondary will have to be aware of where Anderson lines up. The Miami football team has tightened up the secondary and limiting long completions by opponents in 2023.
Defensive lineman Jerquavion Mahone was a force for Temple through the first two games before getting injured. Mahone transferred from Kentucky during the 2021 offseason. In two-plus seasons with Temple, Mahone has 56 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Mahone has six tackles in two games in 2023.
Cornerback Dominick Hill transferred from South Carolina after playing in 12 games for the Gamecocks in 2021. In two seasons at Temple Hill has 34 tackles, 0.5 TFLs and five passes defended. Hill has five tackles and one PD in 2023. Hill will have a big challenge versus the Miami WRs on Saturday.
Running back Darvon Hubbard transferred during the 2022 offseason from Texas A&M. Hubbard had 52 carries for 206 yards and two TDs with nine receptions for 37 yards in his first season with Temple in 2022. This season Hubbard has 18 carries for 206 yards and one TD with five receptions for 47 yards.
Safety Kamar Wilcoxson transferred from Florida during the 2023 offseason and has five tackles this year. Florida transfer linebacker Kiwun Black has 11 tackles, is tied for the Temple team lead with 3.5 TFLs and leads the Owls with 1.5 sacks. The Temple DL is loaded with former Power Five players.
Haye has seven tackles and one TFL for Temple in 2023. Haye was preceded to Temple by former Miami kicker Camden Price. Price is 25-26 on points after TDS and 16-19 on field goals for Temple in two seasons. Expect Haye and Price to be extra motivated to perform against some of their former teammates on Saturday.