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December 2, 2013

That's a wrap

Temple football coach Matt Rhule, quarterback P.J. Walker, center Kyle Friend and linebackers Tyler Matakevich and Nate D. Smith spoke with reporters Monday at Edberg-Olson Hall during the team's final weekly press conference.

You can listen to those interviews here:

Matt Rhule

P.J. Walker

Kyle Friend

Tyler Matakevich

Nate D. Smith

The Owls finished the season with a 2-10 record after Saturday's 41-21 win at Memphis in which Walker passed for 328 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those scoring tosses went to sophomore wide receiver Robby Anderson and one went to senior tight end Chris Coyer on a 75-yard connection.

Walker, who became the first freshman in the program's history to pass for 20 touchdowns in a season, finished with 2,084 yards passing, which tied former quarterback Henry Burris for the Owls' fourth-best single-season total.

On Monday, Walker was named the American Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Week.

When asked about Walker's potential, Rhule said, "I think P.J. can be whatever he wants to be."

Rhule announced that defensive line coach Brandon Noble will not be returning.

"Brandon Noble probably came to me about a week-and-a-half ago for some personal reasons that I'll leave quiet to him," Rhule said, "so he's going to take a step away from coaching for right now, so Brandon won't be on the staff moving forward. Out of respect to him and his family, we won't get into the details of all of it. I thought he did a tremendous job with our players this year, and we'll look forward to finding another coach who can come in and bring the same things that Brandon brought."

OwlScoop.com editor John Di Carlo can be reached at jgdicarlo@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @OwlScoop_com or @jdicarlo.


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