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Quarterback Anthony Russo says he’s leaving Temple to enter the transfer portal

The Archbishop Wood grad played just three games this season before a shoulder injury and COVID-19 derailed him for the last four.

Anthony Russo missed the last four games for Temple, all losses.
Anthony Russo missed the last four games for Temple, all losses.Read moreHEATHER KHALIFA / Staff Photographer

Temple quarterback Anthony Russo, who started 26 games during his career and has one year of eligibility remaining, will be leaving the team and entering the transfer portal.

Russo, who played high school ball at Archbishop Wood, made his announcement on Twitter.

This season, Russo started the first three games but missed the next two with a shoulder injury and the final two while on the COVID protocol list. The Owls lost their final five games and finished 1-6.

Russo threw for 6,292 yards and 44 touchdowns in his Temple career.

Temple has five quarterbacks, and don’t be surprised if the Owls get a quarterback from the transfer portal.

Redshirt sophomores Trad Beatty and Re-al Mitchell split time in the first two games when Russo was injured. Beatty suffered a season-ending injury in the second game, and Mitchell suffered a season-ending injury during the third game.

Freshman Matt Duncan was supposed to start Temple’s final game, a 28-3 loss to East Carolina, , but he was suspended that morning for violating team rules. Coach Rod Carey said Duncan has since been admitted back to the team.

Walk-on Kamal Gray earned his first college appearance and start against ECU.

The other quarterback is redshirt freshman Mariano Valenti, who was ineligible after transferring from Northern Illinois, where Carey was the head coach for six years before taking the Temple job.

Russo is the third Temple player to announce he was heading to the transfer portal. In midseason, running back Re’Mahn Davis quit the team and announced he would be transferring. Kicker Will Mobley also announced he will be entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.