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Temple looks for McManus replacement(s)

4/1/2013

Brandon McManus leaves Temple with school records for field goals made AND punting average, all-conference accolades and the most spots ever scored in an Owls uniform.

It's going to take two players to replace perhaps the most valuable -- and underrated -- player at the program over the last several seasons. McManus had been the team's starting kicker since his freshman season, and handled both place-kicking and punting duties the last two.

Going into 2013, Temple will split the roles again. The only punter currently on the roster is Paul Layton, who transferred from Albany for his senior season and has immediate eligibility. Layton, a two‐time first‐team All‐Northeast Conference honoree, has a career average of 41 yards per punt. McManus averaged 45.1 yards per punt last season en route to Big East first-team honors.

Layton is in for spring practices and at least gives the Owls a player with actual game experience at the position.

Kicker is a different story. Nobody currently on the team or set to enroll in the summer has kicked in a college game.

When asked how he would begin to replace McManus, new coach Matt Rhule bluntly said, "I have no idea to be quite honest.

"We have a couple kids on the team who have kicked and then we have a freshman on scholarship coming in, so there will be competition among those guys. We’ll have a great feel for our punting situation this spring. In terms of the place-kicking we’ll wait until the fall to give the freshmen an opportunity to see what they can do."

Sophomore Tyler Mayes and redshirt freshman Colby Perry are currently on the roster, but Jim Cooper Jr. comes in as the scholarship freshman in the summer. Cooper Jr. was a U.S. Army All-American, and his dad was also a kicker at Temple from 1983-86.