Temple junior cornerback Harrison Hand has been named the American Athletic Conference’s defensive player of the week.
Hand had a team-high 10 tackles and an interception that led to a Temple touchdown in the Owls’ 20-17 win Saturday over then-No. 21 Maryland.
A transfer from Baylor and graduate of Cherry Hill West, Hand keyed the defensive effort against a Maryland team that had beaten previous No. 21 Syracuse, 63-20, the week before.
In addition, Temple sophomore receiver Jadan Blue was named to the AAC honor roll. Blue had five receptions for 132 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown reception.
The time of Temple’s Sept. 28 game against Georgia Tech will be 3:30 at Lincoln Financial Field. The AAC made the announcement Monday.
The storyline of this game will be the return of former Temple coach Geoff Collins, who guided the Owls the previous two years. Collins is 1-2 at Georgia Tech, coming off a 27-24 overtime loss to Football Championship Subdivision school Citadel.
After the win over Maryland. Temple (2-0) earned points in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls. Monday, more praise came Temple’s way from Buffalo coach Lance Leipold, whose 1-2 team will host the Owls at 3:30 Saturday.
Leipold, whose team lost to Penn State by 45-13 on Sept. 7, said the Nittany Lions and Temple compare favorably.